Parks & Recreation

Closure Alerts:
  • Hovander Homestead Park and Tennant Lake Interpretive Center are closed. Please check here for updates.
  • The LM2000 Road in the Lookout Mountain Forest Preserve is closed. Please check here for updates.
  • Glacier Restroom is currently closed for septic and storm repairs. Please check here for updates.

Park offices are now open to the public.

Masks are required in all indoor spaces regardless of vaccination status.


Our 16,000 acres of natural lands encompasses ocean beaches to mountain peaks. You’ll find challenging mountain bike and hiking trails as well as playgrounds and historic sites. You can rent a small picnic area or a full featured event facility.

Each year we strive to improve our recreational offerings by building new trails, improving campgrounds and facilities, and maintaining Parks properties throughout the system.

2022 Reservations Open December 1st at 9am

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  1. What's New
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  1. Glacier Restroom Remains Closed for Ongoing Repairs

    **Update** (11/22/2021) Glacier Restroom remains closed for ongoing repairs to the septic system as well as recent storm related damage. An anticipated opening date is unknown at this time. Read on...
  2. Hovander Homestead Park Closed Due to Flooding

    *UPDATE* (11/18/2021) - Hovander Park and Tennant Lake Interpretive Center remains closed due to significant flood damage. Park staff is assessing damage prioritizing cleanup and repair activities. Read on...
  3. Hertz Trail is Open

    *UPDATE* (11/22/2021) The Hertz Trail in Lake Whatcom Park is now open. Sufficient cleanup of storm debris has occurred to safely reopen the trail to the public. Read on...
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Mission Statement
The goal of the Parks and Recreation Department is to enrich the quality of life for the community and preserve the natural and cultural heritage of the County through provision of outstanding parks and trails, open space and natural areas, as well as recreational activities and Senior Services.