Rules, Policies, & Regulations
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Overnight & Shelter Facilities
- Reservations can be made through our online reservation system or by contacting the Call Center. Rangers and Field staff can accept drop-in (same day) camping for campsite. They are not equipped to take advanced reservation or accept drop-in camping for yurts, cabins or the Kottage.
- Reservations can be made up to 9 months* in advance, but not less than 3 nights prior to arrival.
- Weekend reservations for overnight facilities require both a Friday and Saturday night stay (your site will not be forfeited if you arrive Saturday).
- All sites that are not reserved, including disabled (ADA) sites, may be rented by the general public, on a drop-in basis.
- ADA sites are configured to accommodate people with disabilities. They are identified with a "D" in the site number (e.g. D2 and 38D). As a courtesy, non-disabled campers should avoid reserving ADA sites, when other sites are available.
- Payment in-full is due at the time of booking.
- No online discounts. If camper is eligible for a discount, reservation must be made through the Call Center. More information on discounts can be found on our Fees & Prices page.
* Noon of the 269th day (269.5 days). Use of a date calculator app is recommended to help determine exact dates.
- Campsites, cabins, yurts, shelters, and the Kayak Kottage can be reserved 24/7 online. In addition, visitors can check availability, modify, or cancel reservations online. Maps and photos for most sites and facilities are available for viewing.
- Confirmation Letters are automatically emailed upon successful processing of your reservation. If you didn’t receive one, check the email address you entered (and your Junk folder). Please note: If no payment was collected, your reservation was not successfully processed.
Call Center Reservation (425-388-6600)
- While customers are highly encouraged to utilize the online system, there are circumstances which require reservations by phone. Our Call Center during business hours are 8:30 am - 4:30 pm, Monday-Friday (excluding legal holidays).
- If you reach a recording, leave a message as reservations are made in the order calls are received. Please leave your name and daytime contact number, the campground or park name, and the dates you would like to reserve. Backlogs are common during the busy peak season so please allow 1-2 days for a call back.
- Please note, Call Center transactions are assessed a non-refundable a Call Center fee which is in addition to the online reservation fee.
Transaction fees are assessed for all advance reservations, changes, and extensions. In most cases, they cannot be refunded. Change and Cancellation fees (listed in the Fee Schedule) included the Transaction Fee. For more information on Transaction Fees, please visit our Fees & Prices page.
Cancellations & Changes
Most reservation cancellations and modifications will incur a fee. Cancellation refund policy strictly enforced and we highly encourage viewing our Cancellation page prior to making a reservation. Contact the Call Center (M-F, 8:30am-4:30pm) at 425-388-6600 if you have any questions.
Rules for Camping
- Campsite check-in is 2 p.m. Check-out is noon.
- Yurt, cabin and vacation cottage check-in is 3 p.m. check-out is noon.
- No drop-in (walk-in) campsite camping after sunset or for cabins, yurts, or Kottage.
- Walk-in campers should secure their site with a tent or vehicle prior to making payment.
- Payments dropped in fee box do not guarantee site, until availability is verified by a park ranger.
- Reservations take precedence over walk-in camping.
- Sites must be occupied by at least one adult (18 years or older)
- All non-campers must depart by 10 pm.
- Alcohol is not allowed.
- Maximum eight people per campsite.
- Additional vehicles in a site (2nd or 3rd - room permitting) is $10.00 each per night (subject to change).
- No more than two tents or one RV and one tent in a campsite (room permitting).
- No empty boat trailers in site (Flowing Lake Park).
- Pets must not be left unattended. No pets in Yurt villages.
- Pets in pet-friendly cabins subject to additional fee.
- Fires are allowed in designated fire pits only.
- See park staff with any questions or concerns.
- Camping in each park is limited to no more than 14 consecutive nights.
Click on the RESERVATIONS tab (above) for related regulations and policies.
Boating, Water craft, and Launch Rules
All vehicles that are launching or parked in a fee-use park must display a current pass issued by Snohomish County Parks. For more information on parking/launch passes, please visit our Annual Parking & Boat Launch Permits page.
Some lakes have rules specific to dates, hours of operation, direction of travel, and speed. Please review the links below if you are planning to visit the following lakes:
The county code prohibits the use of internal combustion engines on certain lakes within the county. Since electric motors are not internal combustion engines, they are allowed.
When motors cannot or are difficult to remove, gas cans must be removed, fuel lines disconnected, and the engine bagged. Bagging the engine is simply enclosing the propeller shaft and hub in a plastic bag and leaving it in the tilted upright position. By taking these steps, the motor is not operative or leaking petroleum product into the water. The means of propulsion for the vessel is now by electric motor or manual operation.
- Title 12.08 for a comprehensive list of lakes and restrictions.
- Marine Patrol, 425-388-5401
- Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife, 425-775-1311
- Alcohol strictly prohibited
- Pets must be quiet and under control at all times
- No empty trailers in campsites
- Boat launch is closed when trailer spaces are full (Flowing Lake)
- Day-use parks and areas hours are 7 a.m. til dusk (20 minutes after sunset)
- Fireworks are prohibited
- Do not use hibachis and / or barbecues on table tops
- Destroying, molesting, disturbing, or injuring property, vegetation, or animals is unlawful
Per Park Code 22.16.080, drones are not allowed in Snohomish County Parks. No person shall operate any radio/remote controlled or self propelled model airplane, glider, car, boat or any model rocket within a county park except in areas specifically designated by the parks division and posted for such use. At this time, there are no designated areas.
- Metal detectors are allowed in County parks with certain guidelines:
- No digging in grass turf areas
- Enjoy your hobby without disturbing other park users, i.e. a busy beach
- Please fill in your holes
- Return valuables to the lost and found at our park headquarters.
- Permits or Permission slips are not needed, however, Park Rangers do have the right to ask you not to use your detector in environmentally sensitive areas, campgrounds, or if they deem it inappropriate for use
- Read more information about metal detectors.
- Speed limit is 5 mph (This is walking speed!).
- Motor vehicles and Class 3 e-bikes may not drive on the trails.
- For the enjoyment of all park visitors, loud speakers or stereo systems are prohibited
- Campground quiet hours are 10 p.m. - 7 a.m.
- Keep pets on an 8 feet leash and under control at all times when outside Off-Leash Dog Areas (OLDAs)
- For other swimmers or sunbathers’ comfort and health, pets are not permitted on the beaches or the swim areas
- No pets on sports fields at any time
- Remember to scoop. You are responsible for removing all of your dog’s feces. Please carry equipment for removing waste with you.
- No pets in Yurts, Yurt Villages, Kayak Kottage, or Cabins 1-3
- No litter producing items. Examples include hay bales, water balloons, pinatas, or raw eggs
- No nails, staples, or tacks will be used in shelter wood
- Fires in fire pits only
- Special cooking units for the purpose of barbecuing for large groups must be approved in advance by the Park Ranger
- Maintain control of the group. The area shall be kept clean at all times and upon termination site shall be left in condition as found before event.
- Reservations are for the shelter only. Restrooms will be shared by the general public
- No reservations for parking, (parking is on a first-come, first-served basis only)
- End time on permit is an approximate to sunset. Shelter and activity area must be vacated 1 hour before sunset. Willis Tucker Kite Shelter end times are 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
- There is a parking fee for all vehicles (Wyatt, Flowing Lake, Kayak Point, Wenberg Parks) even with shelter reservations
- Amplified music is prohibited. No boom boxes allowed
- Please do not remove picnic tables from other shelters or campsites
Social Media Commenting Policy for Snohomish County Parks, Recreation & Tourism
Snohomish County Parks, Recreation & Tourism encourages the public to create a dialogue with us as we share what is happening in your parks. To do this in a safe and constructive way we have created this policy to guide commenting on any Snohomish County Parks social media platforms.
Snohomish County Parks reserves the right to remove, hide or block any post that contains:
- Obscene or explicit comments
- Any form of discrimination
- Threats, attacks or insults to any person or group
- Any material that violates copyrights or intellectual property rights
- Private or personal information used without consent
- Commercial promotions or spam
- Comments that violate any law
If you have any questions or comments about our policies you may contact our Communication Specialist.
Crabbing (Kayak Point)
Crabbing is allowed from the pier during daylight hours (when in season). Crabbing is not allowed from the pier after the day-use area closes (dusk).
Rules are subject to change and additional rules may apply. To review an up to date, comprehensive list of rules, visit the Snohomish County Code page and reference Title 22 (Park Code) and Title 12 (Water Use).