Rules & Regulations

Whatcom County Parks is Temporarily Amending its Cancellation Policy for the Remainder of 2020

At a time when many things feel uncertain, we want you to plan your summer adventure without worrying about losing your camping fees if you need to cancel. In order to better support the objective of responsible recreation, cancellations made any time prior to a reservation check-in time will receive a full refund. This is a temporary amendment to the regular cancellation policy listed below and will extend through the end of December 2020.

Come out and experience the beauty of Silver Lake Park, but please remember to do so only when you are healthy.

Please note: Any transaction fees remain non-refundable, including the reservation fee and transfer fee.

General Park Rules


View a copy of the general park rules (PDF) online.


Reservations


Camping


  • A non-refundable reservation fee of $13 is charged for each reservation site, for each set of consecutive reservations
  • ADA campsites may only be reserved with a disability placard or card
    • Upon arrival at the park the placard or card must be presented to the park ranger; the person with the qualifying placard or card must be present throughout the reservation period
  • During the peak season (04/01 – 10/31) weekend reservations must be for both Friday and Saturday night (2 night minimum and no more than 14 consecutive days)
  • Reservations cannot exceed 14 consecutive days in a 30 day period
  • Payment in full is required when reservation is made
  • Reservations can be made up to 48 hours prior to arrival
  • Reservations can be made starting December 1 for the following year

Cabins & Lakeside Lodge


  • A non-refundable reservation fee of $13 is charged for each reserved cabin, for each set of consecutive reservations
  • During the peak season (04/01 – 10/31) weekend reservations must be for both Friday and Saturday night (2 night minimum and no more than 14 consecutive days)
  • Reservations cannot exceed 14 consecutive days in a 30 day period
  • Payment in full is required when reservation is made
  • Reservations can be made up to 48 hours prior to arrival
  • Reservations can be made starting December 1 for the following year

Picnic Shelters & Facilities


  • A non-refundable reservation fee of $13 is charged for each reserved shelter or facility, for each set of consecutive days
  • Payment in full is required when reservation is made
  • Reservation requests made within 10 days of arrival require Ranger approval
  • Reservations can be made December 1 for the following year

Changing Camping, Cabin & Lodge Reservations


We understand that sometimes plans need to be changed. If you need to change your reservation 5 days or more in advance of your arrival date, we can transfer your reservation to another available date within the same calendar year, with a $13 transfer fee. Transferred reservations cannot be refunded at a later date.

Changing Picnic Shelter & Facilities Reservations


We understand that sometimes plans need to be changed. If you need to change your reservation 30 days or more in advance we can transfer your reservation to another available date within the same calendar year, with a $13 transfer fee. Transferred reservations cannot be refunded at a later date. Unless there is an emergency we cannot transfer any reservations in 29 days or less. All emergency transfers will be approved by management.

Camping, Cabin & Lodge Cancellation


  • Reservations cancelled 30 days or more prior to your scheduled arrival date will be refunded all camping and use fees minus the non-refundable reservation fee.
  • Cancellations made 3 - 29 days prior to scheduled arrival will be refunded all except the first night stay camping fees and the reservation fee.
  • Cancellations 2 days or less to the scheduled arrival date will be refunded all except the first 3 nights stay camping fees and the reservation fee. If the reservation was for three days or less, no money will be refunded.
Picnic Shelter & Facilities Cancellation
  • Reservations cancelled 30 days or more prior to your scheduled arrival date will be refunded all shelter and use fees minus the non-refundable reservation fee. 
  • Reservations cancelled 29 days or less will forfeit all fees.  

Whatcom County Parks Cancellation


Sometimes it may be necessary for Whatcom County Parks and Recreation to cancel your reservation due to park conditions or maintenance concerns. If we have to cancel your reservation for any reason you will get a full refund.

No-Shows


Your camping and cabin check in time is 2 p.m. Your reservation will be considered a no-show if you have not arrived by 10 p.m. on your arrival date, did not cancel your reservation, or did not contact park staff to let them know of your late arrival. Your reservation will be considered a no-show and all remaining nights will be canceled.

Alcohol Use - Picnic Shelters & Facilities 

  • Alcohol is prohibited in the restrooms, parking lot, or outside areas
  • Alcohol possession and/or consumption is restricted to the rental facility
  • The use of alcohol will require a signed alcohol agreement, a $60 alcohol use fee and may require a banquet permit from the Washington State Liquor Control Board

Damage & Clean Up - Picnic Shelters & Facilities

  • It is the responsibility of the renter to maintain the facility in a safe and sanitary condition
  • Place trash in provided dumpster or receptacle
  • Remove all decorations and clean tables and floors
  • Renters may be billed for any damages or cleaning costs if facility is not returned in the same condition

Use & Policies Picnic Shelters & Facilities


Renters must be supervised by an adult over 21 years of age.