COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update | Olympic Peninsula

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update

Last updated May 14, 2020

While spring makes us all eager to get outdoors, Washington’s Governor Jay Inslee’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order is still in effect, requiring everyone except essential workers to stay home through May 31. Unfortunately, this is still not the time to be travelling to the Olympic Peninsula. News updates occur frequently, so please check below for the latest information.
 
Our top priority is the health and safety of our residents, employees and visitors. Be assured that our lodging establishments, restaurants, transportation companies and local businesses take healthy travel very seriously and are taking extraordinary measures to ensure the same. The trail to reopening the Olympic Peninsula is a winding one so check back regularly for updates.
 
Many businesses on the Olympic Peninsula are either closed or on limited operations at this time. While we all wait until we can safely welcome our visitors back, we encourage the public to visit ShowWALove.com to support Washington businesses by purchasing gift cards (some with nice discounts!) for future use. Olympic Peninsula businesses can be found under the Peninsulas & Coast region tab.

Washington State Governor’s Updates

4.27.2020: Governor Jay Inslee has announced a partial re-opening of some outdoor recreation activities, emphasizing to “Recreate Locally.” Openings include day use only at Washington State Parks, state public lands managed by DNR and WDFW. Not included are the national park and national forest lands, nor any camping, team sports, public gatherings or events. The Olympic Peninsula supports the DNR’s guidance on how to Recreate Responsibly. While spring makes us all eager to get outdoors, the Gov. Inslee’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order is still in effect.

5.01.2020: Gov. Inslee announced an extension of the stay-home order, which was originally scheduled through May 4, to continue through May 31. More information will be provided in the coming weeks.

Events

Under the governor’s Proclamation 20-25, almost all events have been canceled or postponed. We will make every effort to keep our “Events” calendar updated with any changes, and we encourage you to double-check on any specific event you might be planning to attend. Where applicable, we have made note if an event has been officially rescheduled or transitioned into a virtual event.

Ferry and Bus Service

4.14.2020: Black Ball Ferry Line has extended its period of suspended operations due to the closure of the border between the United States and Canada to all but non-essential travel.

3.20.2020: Effective March 23, Clallam Transit will be temporarily suspending its Strait Shot service.

Visitor Centers

All of the visitor centers are closed for walk-in traffic until further notice but available for phone assistance. A full list, with contact information, may be found HERE. For travel planning assistance, we encourage visitors to use our Contact Us form.

Olympic National Park

4.14.2020: The Lake Crescent area is open for day use recreation. This includes the Barnes Point area with access to the Marymere Falls and Moments in Time trailheads and the Storm King boat launch. Bovee’s Meadow, La Poel and East Beach picnic areas are also accessible. The Spruce Railroad Trail is currently under construction and closed to all use for public safety until the project is complete in fall 2020.

On Friday, May 15, Sol Duc Road will open to vehicles for day use recreation. Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort, RV & Campground remain closed and updates are available on their website. The Heart O’ the Forest trail in the Heart O’ the Hills area will also be accessible for day use with parking available at the amphitheater.

4.10.2020: All coastal areas of Olympic National Park are now closed to all park visitors until further notice. This includes all parking areas, trails, beaches, and facilities at Kalaloch, Mora, and Ozette. See the ONP Alerts & Conditions page for more information.

3.24.2020: All public facilities including visitor centers, contact stations, and restrooms are closed. Most park roads are closed at the park boundary including Staircase Road; Hurricane Ridge Road; Ozette Road; Mora Road; Upper Hoh Road; Lower and Upper Queets roads; and North Fork and Graves Creek roads in the Quinault Valley. The Olympic Hot Springs Road and Whiskey Bend Road in the Elwha Valley are closed to vehicles at the Madison Falls parking area due to the washout of Olympic Hot Springs Road. Sol Duc, Deer Park, Obstruction Point, and Hurricane Hill roads remain closed at this time.

All overnight camping in Olympic National Park, including in wilderness, is currently suspended. All drive-in park campgrounds are closed including: Staircase, Heart O’ the Hills, Ozette, Mora, Hoh, Kalaloch, Queets, North Fork, and Graves Creek. Deer Park, Fairholme, Sol Duc, and South Beach have not opened for the season and remain closed at this time. With this closure, it is important to remember that no other areas in the park are authorized for camping. 

Olympic National Forest

3.27.2020: The Olympic National Forest Ranger Stations in OlympiaQuilcene, and Quinault are temporarily closed to visitors and all Olympic National Forest developed recreation sites continue to be closed. Recreation closures include trailheads, day use areas, campsites, cabins and picnic sites. Reservations cannot be made at this time. Existing reservation holders will be notified via email and/or cell phone text messages, if there are any changes affecting their reservation. Refunds will be issued for cancelled reservations. 

Washington State Parks & DNR

4.27.20: The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission (Parks) and the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) announced lands will reopen May 5 for local day use only. The reopening will apply to state-managed parks, wildlife areas, recreation land and boat launches. However, it may take several days for gates to be unlocked and sites to be serviced at remote areas due to limited staff capacity. 

Some parks may not open immediately due to impacts on rural communities and the potential for crowding. WA 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. 

Recreational Fishing and Shellfishing

3.26.20: Olympic National Park has closed recreational fishing and shellfishing parkwide until further notice. 

4.29.20: The WDFW has announced there will be reopening of some recreational fishing and hunting in a phased approach. The department is asking hunters and anglers to enjoy these outdoor activities only if they can do so locally, while also practicing physical distancing. Note that beginning May 5, all freshwater fisheries will open, as will Puget Sound saltwater fisheries (Marine Areas 5-13), except for halibut, shrimp and intertidal shellfish. Coastal saltwater (Marine Areas 1-4) fishing and shellfish harvesting remain closed. Planned razor clam digs remain canceled until further notice.

Tribal Lands

5.11.2020: The Makah Nation (Neah Bay) is closed until further notice to all visitors and tourist activities through June 30. The Quileute Nation (La Push) has extended their closure to June 4. This includes beaches, trails, museums, events, lodging facilities, restaurants, shops, etc. The beaches of the Quinault Indian Nation are also closed off to the public until further notice and no permits are being issued at this time. The Squaxin Island Tribe community is also closed off to the public until further notice. These measures are taken to protect the health, safety and welfare of their communities, elders and tribal people, and in conjunction with Tribal, County and State emergency management agencies. The tribes appreciate your understanding, and look forward to welcoming visitors once again at the appropriate time.    

The Nature Conservancy Lands

3.24.2020: The Nature Conservancy has closed all of its Washington Lands. On the Olympic Peninsula this includes the Hoh River Forest and the Clearwater Forest.

County Parks

Our county park openings and facilities will vary by county, and you are always encouraged to know before you go. Follow these links for updates for Clallam, Jefferson, Mason and Grays Harbor county parks.

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Further updates may be found at the following resources. Also, information for our travel industry partners is available here.

County Resources

Clallam County: http://www.clallam.net/coronavirus/index.html

Jefferson County: https://www.jeffersoncountypublichealth.org/1429/COVID-19

Mason County: https://www.co.mason.wa.us/COVID-19/index.php

Grays Harbor County: http://www.healthygh.org/covid19

Washington State Resources

Updated information from the Governor’s office available here.

Updated information from Washington Tourism Alliance / ExperienceWA.com is available here.

Updated information from Visit Seattle is available here.

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) and Seattle Cruise Information: Traveler updates are available on the Port of Seattle’s website

Washington State Department of Health has established a call center to answer questions from the public. Call 1-800-525-0127 and press #. For additional information see the Washington State Department of Health website.

United States Resources

The U.S. Department of State maintains a list of Level 4 Travel Advisories to several countries.

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has issued a Warning Level 3: The CDC recommends that travelers avoid all nonessential international travel.

British Columbia

3.18.2020: In accordance with the announcements from both federal governments, all non-essential travel between Canada and the U.S. is suspended.

Destination British Columbia is monitoring the situation and posts relevant information on its website.