COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update | Olympic Peninsula

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update

Last updated July 1, 2020

See our new Guidelines for Visiting the Olympic Peninsula pdf and Open & Closure Status of Recreational Lands blog to check what is open.

7.1.20: Governor Inslee announces statewide mask mandate: Beginning June 26, every Washingtonian in an indoor public space, or in an outside public space when unable to physically distance 6 ft. from others, will be legally required to wear a face covering.

To stay informed on Governor Inslee’s Four Phase Reopening Plan, follow this link. Grays Harbor and Mason Counties are currently in Phase 3. Jefferson and Clallam Counties are currently in Phase 2. Overnight camping is now allowed in all four counties although there may be individual campsite exceptions. See our Open & Closure Status of Recreational Lands blog to check what’s open.

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.

Some 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.

Events

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

6.16.20: 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. The US and Canada have agreed to extend the border closure to non-essential travel until July 21, 2020.

6.1.20: Effective June 1, Clallam Transit Strait Shot has reopened for service.

Visitor Centers

6.1.20: Some area visitor centers are now open. 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

See Olympic National Park’s Alerts & Conditions Page for updates.

7.1.20: The following locations are open:

  • Park Rangers are available on the front porch at the Olympic National Park Visitor Center in Port Angeles from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm daily. A table on the front porch is staffed with a Discover Your Northwest sales area. Staff are also available to answer phones and emails. Visitor Information: (360) 565-3130 Road & Weather Hotline: (360) 565-3131
  • The Hurricane Ridge area is now open. The Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center is open daily from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm for access to restrooms only from the upper level. Restrooms are also available at Picnic Area A and Picnic Area B on Hurricane Hill Road. Rangers are available outside during Visitor Center hours. The Hurricane Ridge Mountain View Café (take-out only) and Gift Shop is open daily from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm from the lower level of the Visitor Center. Reduced Parking Alert: The Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center Sewage System Project is ongoing through Summer 2020. Please visit the project page for information on how it will impact your visit.

  • The Hoh Rain Forest area is open including area trails for day hiking. Park Rangers are available outside the Visitor Center from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm daily. The Hoh Campground is open.
  • The Mora area including Rialto Beach is now open for day use recreation. The coastal area is closed to overnight backpacking permits until further notice. Mora Campground is open. All campsites are reservable during peak season (through September 16, 2020) and may be reserved online at www.recreation.gov.
  • The Ozette area is open and day hiking is permitted on the Ozette Loop. Ozette Campground is open. Lake Ozette is open for day use recreation, however, Lake Ozette and the Ozette Coast is closed to overnight wilderness backpacking and camping until further notice. The coastal wilderness area north of Cape Alava, including Shi Shi Beach, remains closed to all park visitors until further notice.
  • The Kalaloch area is open. This includes Ruby Beach and Beaches 1-6. Park Rangers are available outside the Kalaloch Ranger Station from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm daily. Kalaloch Campground and South Beach Campground are open.
  • The Kalaloch Lodge and The Mercantile are now openPlease see concessioner website for specific information on available services and operating hours.
  • 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 and Fairholme boat launches. East Beach, Bovee’s Meadow, La Poel and North Shore picnic areas are also open. Note: The Spruce Railroad Trail is currently under construction and closed to all use for public safety until the project is complete in fall 2020.
  • The Lake Crescent area is open. This includes the Barnes Point area with access to the Marymere Falls and Moments in Time trailheads and the Storm King and Fairholme boat launches. East Beach, Bovee’s Meadow, La Poel and North Shore picnic areas are also open. Fairholme Campground is open.
  • Log Cabin Resort is now openKayak, Canoe, Paddleboard and Paddle Boats rentals are now available. The Log Cabin Campground is closed until further notice.
  • The Sol Duc area is open. Toilets are available at Salmon Cascades overlook and the Sol Duc Falls Trailhead. Salmon Cascades viewing platform will be closed for repairs beginning Wednesday, June 24 through July 1.
  • Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort is now open for lodging and updates are available on their website. The Sol Duc RV Park & Campground are closed until further notice. All dining will be open to lodging guests but offering takeout services only. At this time, access to the Mineral Hot Springs & Pool will be limited to Sol Duc Resort guests only. Day passes will not be available for guests outside of Sol Duc Resort including campground guests. Please see concessioner website for specific information on available services and operating hours.
  • Heart O’ the Hills area is open. This includes the Heart O’ the Forest trailhead (parking and restroom available near the campground amphitheater) and Lake Angeles/Heather Park trailheads. Heart O’ the Hills Campground is open.
  • Elwha: Although the Elwha/Olympic Hot Springs Road is closed to vehicles at the Madison Falls parking area due to a road washout, the road is open to pedestrians, stock, bicyclists, and pets on leash. A toilet is open at the Madison Falls Trailhead.
  • The Staircase area is open including area trails for day hiking. The Staircase Campground is open with primitive facilities (pit toilets and no potable water) until further notice.
  • The Quinault Rain Forest is open including area trails for day hiking and the July Creek Picnic Area. North Fork Road and North Fork Campground (primitive) are open. Graves Creek Road and Graves Creek Campground (primitive) are open. The Ranger Station remains closed on North Shore Road.
  • Lower Queets Road and Upper Queets Road are open. Queets Campground (primitive) is open.
  • Wilderness Camping Permits: Beginning July 1, backpacking permits will resume for the interior wilderness of the park. All overnight camping in coastal wilderness is currently suspended until further notice.

7.1.20: The following locations are closed:

  • The coastal area of Olympic National Park at La Push (Second Beach and Third Beach) and Shi Shi Beach remain closed until further notice. These area closures include the parking lots, trails, and beaches.
  • The following park roads are closed at the park boundary:
      • 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.
      • Deer Park Road remains closed until road work and gravelling is completed. The road is anticipated to open in early July.
  • All overnight camping in coastal wilderness is currently suspended until further notice. To make changes to or cancel existing wilderness permit reservations affected by this closure, please contact the Wilderness Information Center at 360-565-3100 (Option 4) or email Olym_WIC@nps.gov.
  • Deer Park Road and Campground remained closed while road work is done.
  • Please reach out to the lodging concessioners for questions related to their level of operations.
      • Fairholme Store will remain closed this season.

Olympic National Forest

See the National Forest’s Alerts & Notices Page for updates.

6.15.20: Several campgrounds are now open along with most day-use sites and trailheads. See our Open & Closure Status of Recreational Lands page for more information on specific campsites. Restrooms are open at these sites & trash pick-up available at open campgrounds. All trails are open. Dispersed camping is allowed. Users should expect NO restrooms, water, or garbage services available at trailheads. If a campground is open, restroom facilities will be available.

Washington State Parks & DNR

See Washington State Park’s Park Status Page for updates.

6.15.20: Several campsites are open for day-use and camping. Some may have capacity restrictions.

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

7.1.20: Waters within Olympic National Park will open to fishing as per normal seasons, gear, and daily limits on the following dates:

  • On June 1, 2020, recreational fishing opened on Lake Crescent, Sol Duc River, Gray Wolf River, Dosewallips River, Duckabush River, North Fork Skokomish River, and mountain lakes in Olympic National Park as per normal fishing seasons and regulations.
  • On June 10, recreational fishing opened on Kalaloch Creek; Cedar Creek; Mosquito Creek; Goodman Creek.
  • On June 19, recreational fishing opened on Lake Ozette; Lower Quillayute and Dickey Rivers; Intertidal and marine waters; Bogachiel and South Fork Calawah Rivers; Queets and Salmon Rivers; Matheny Creek and Sams River; Quinault, East Fork and North Fork Rivers; Irely Lake; and, all tributaries to above listed areas.

The Elwha, Hoh, South Fork Hoh, and their tributaries remain closed to fishing until further notice.

6.30.20: The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife reopened most recreational fishing and hunting in a phased approach following the state’s efforts to limit the spread of coronavirus. The department is asking hunters and anglers to enjoy these outdoor activities as locally as possible, while also practicing physical distancing.. See the WDFW COVID-19/Coronavirus response and updates page.

Tribal Lands

7.1.20: The Makah Nation (Neah Bay) and the Quileute Nation (La Push) are closed until further notice to all visitors. 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.

Casinos

7.1.20: Please review all prerequisites before visiting a casino as many will have modified policies such as face-mask requirements and reduced capacity. Quinault Beach Resort and Casino, Little Creek Casino Resort, 7 Cedars Casino, and Lucky Dog Casino are now open to the public. Elwha River Casino and remained closed until further notice.

The Nature Conservancy Lands

3.24.20: 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

See our Open & Closure Status of Recreational Lands blog for more info. 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

3.18.20: 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.