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  • ALERT - Don't get trapped by a rising tide when hiking to glass beach from North Beach County Park! There have been several rescues by helicopter, and technical rope teams from the bluffs above the beach to the West of North Beach Park. The most recent one was April 30, 2021. Two people were trapped by the tide and had to make a dangerous scramble up the bluff to safety. 

    Always check the tides when hiking from North Beach. Hiking takes much longer than you may realize. 

    Thank you very much! Stay safe out there and avoid being trapped by the tide.
  • Parks Ordinance, Parks Code - has been updated! It is very important that all park users keep their dogs on a leash no longer than 8 feet at all times in our parks.

    In addition, please remember that dogs are not allowed at designated swimming beaches including the beach at Gibbs Lake Park. 

    For the updated version of the Jefferson County Parks Code, please Click Here.
  • If you are planning a gathering at HJ Carroll's Rotary Pavilion, Salmon Shelter, or Indian Island's Lyons Club Shelter we are requesting you make a reservation through our website . Shelter gathering limits can be found on their facility page. They differ with the size of the shelter. You can find our facilities availability at our facilities calendar page.

Basketball in hoop.
Co-ed Adult Pickup Basketball
Basketball in hoop.
Co-ed Adult Pickup Basketball
M, W, & F  6 A.M. PT High School Gym

Park Use Update

Current County Park Status


  • Port Townsend Rec Center


  • Campgrounds (Oak Bay, Lake Leland, and Quilcene) 
  • Day-use parks and restrooms
  • All trails 
  • Open space areas
  • Basketball and tennis courts
  • Playgrounds
  • Picnic shelters: Reservations available within current Covid restrictions. 

Safe Park Use in All Parks
The following public health rules were adopted by the National Parks and Recreation Association, apply to all park users. Click here for more information.

  • Do not use parks if you have any symptoms or are sick
  • Observe CDC minimum social distance of 6’ from another person at all times
  • Share the trail, alert other users as you pass and make space for each other
  • Follow CDC guidelines for personal hygiene – carry hand sanitizer and do not touch your face

More Information

  • For more information about Jefferson County Parks, please call 360-385-9129.
  • For more information about City of Port Townsend Parks, please see or call 360-344-3064.

  • Motorized equipment such as e-scooters, electric kid cars, hoverboards, segways, onewheels, e-skateboards, and e-bikes are not allowed in our parks except on roadways and the Rick Tollefson Trail in HJ Carroll Park. Electric mobility devices and chairs used by people with disabilities are allowed in parks.
  • Pickleball is not allowed on the HJ Carroll Basketball Courts.
  • Drones and other radio control devices such as model planes, boats, helicopters, and cars are not allowed in any Jefferson County Parks with one exception: radio controlled model float planes are allowed at Lake Leland Day Use Park.

Jefferson County Parks and Recreation Tax ID is: 91-6001322