Clallam board OKs camping at county parks

Outdoor enthusiasts on the Olympic Peninsula can break out the tents, sleeping bags and s’mores.

With a recommendation from county health officer Dr. Allison Unthank, Clallam County commissioners in a special meeting on June 30 unanimously agreed to allow overnight camping in the county.

In her comments to the county’s Board of Health at a meeting earlier that day, Unthank urged support for an ease on the camping restrictions while at the same time recommending Clallam County not apply to move on the Phase 3 of Gov. Jay Inslee’s “Safe Start” reopening plan.

Previously, Clallam County was in Phase 2 of the “Safe Start” plan with the caveat of banning overnight camping.

The change went into effect July 1 and has no sunset date, Clallam parks officials noted. The Dungeness Recreation Area is open for day use and camping, including camping loops A and and campground restrooms; however, the area’s group camping areas are not open.

For more information, call 360-683-5847 or email to ccpdu@olypen.com for more information.

The Salt Creek Recreation Area is open for day use and camping, including upper and lower campgrounds and campground restrooms. The group kitchen area, hoever, is not open.

Call 360-928-3441 or email to ccpdu@olypen.com for more information.

Camp David Jr. remains closde until further notice.

The Clallam County Fairgrounds are also closed until furhter notice; the fair office remains open but is closed to public access, and office/maintenance staff are available 8 a.m.-5 p.m, Monday-Friday. Call 360-417-2551 or email to sioffrida@co.clallam.wa.us or abronson@co.clallam.wa.us.

For more information, contact the Clallam County Parks and Facilities Office at 360-417-2291, or Email-parks@co.clallam.wa.us.

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