(STAFF REPORTS/Chewelah Independent)
What is re-opening after Washington Governor Jay Inslee announced the scaling back of restrictions on outdoor activities? On May 5, All state-managed public lands, including state parks, natural areas, and recreation land will open on a rolling basis. State-managed boat launches and marinas will be open for day-use services only; no overnight moorage. Recreational fishing for highland and lowland lakes, and the Columbia River and local hunting for turkey and spring bear.
This also generally applies to all DNR managed lands used for day-use activities, which include trailheads, trails, roads, free flight launch sites, water access sites, day-use areas, and dispersed recreation (off-trail hiking, hunting, target shooting, etc.). The Discover Pass is required to park your vehicle at state recreation lands and water-access sites managed by Washington State Parks (Parks), Washington State Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), and DNR.
Some parks may not open immediately due to impacts on rural communities and the potential for crowding. State Parks is working with local communities and its partners to determine the best approach and timing to reopening these areas.
Visitor centers, camping and other overnight accommodations on state-managed lands will remain closed until further notice