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November 19, 2011 at 10:08 AM

Many state parks still open for winter operations and activities

The Washington State Parks are going into winter mode, although more than 80 parks will remain open daily.

To view go to the winter park schedule’s website.

It indicates which 80 parks are open, the 25 parks that are closed until dates in March and April, and four parks that are remaining open during the winter on weekends and holidays only.

Tolmie State Park is open Wednesdays through Sundays through March 31, and Goldendale Observatory is open 2 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 10 p.m. Fridays through Sundays and by appointment Wednesday through Thursdays through March 31.

Winter is a great time to camp and do other activities like fishing and clamming in state parks.

With smaller crowds, campers will feel like they have their own personal park. Campers may park their RVs or pitch their tents on a first-come, first-served basis at most state parks open during the quiet season.

Try something new this year: spend the night in a cozy and comfortable cabin at Bay View, Camano Island, Cama Beach, Kitsap Memorial or Wallace Falls state parks, a yurt at Cape Disappointment, Grayland Beach and Seaquest, or a vacation house at Millersylvania, Fort Flagler, Fort Worden or Moran. These facilities are reservable year round.

State parks that accept year-round camping reservations are Cape Disappointment, Deception Pass, Dosewallips, Grayland Beach, Ike Kinswa, Kitsap Memorial, Ocean City, Pacific Beach and Steamboat Rock. For a list of parks with extended reservation dates, visit the state park’s website below, and select reservations.

Reservations may be made online at the website below or by calling 888-CAMPOUT or 888-226-7688.

Reservations for Fort Worden and Fort Townsend state parks may be made by calling 360-344-4400.

General information is available at the State Parks website or by calling 360-902-8844.

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