FAQs & Rules

No pets, bicycles, skateboards, roller blades, skates or private vehicles allowed on any County Athletic Fields at any time. 

All parks are designated drug-free zones.  Please help us keep parks safe and clean.

Hours:  County Parks are open during daylight hours only, unless otherwise noted.

Animals: Horses and pets are not allowed near athletic fields, playgrounds, picnic sites, and swimming beaches. Unless otherwise posted, most parks/areas allow pets. Pets must be kept on leashes and owners must clean up after their pets.

The following parks DO NOT allow pets:
Carpenter Lake Natural Reserve
Guillemot Cove Nature Reserve

Trails: Hikers, bicyclists and horses must stay on existing and/or designated trails.

Trash: Trash and garbage must be placed in appropriate containers.  Where receptacles are not available, guest must pack in and pack out all waste.

Vehicles: Motorized vehicles must remain in designated parking areas. Overnight parking is not allowed.

Alcohol: Intoxicating beverages are not allowed.

Miscellaneous: Golf, paint ball, fireworks, radio controlled aircraft, camping, overnight parking, bounce houses and fires prohibited. 

View the full list of the Park Code

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 What Are The Park Hours?

Annually, from October 1st through March 31st, Horseshoe Lake Park, and Wildcat Lake Park are closed to the public for the winter season. Access gates to the parking lots and park areas are closed and locked during this time. Park restrooms are closed annually for the winter season from October 1st through March 31st. Parks are open during daylight hours only, unless otherwise noted. 

 When Do The County Lake Parks Open?

 Annually, from October 1st through March 31st, Horseshoe Lake Park, and Wildcat Lake Park are closed to the public for the winter season. Access gates to the parking lots and park areas are closed and locked during this time.

 When Are The Park Restrooms Open?

 Park restrooms are closed annually for the winter season from October 1st through March 31st. Parks are open during daylight hours only, unless otherwise noted.  

 What Are Village Greens Golf Course Hours?

 Please visit www.villagegreensgolfcourse.com for more information. 

 What Do I Need To Know About Boater Safety?

Boater Safety

The Kitsap County Sheriff's Office is providing an educational class for county residents that will allow them to earn a Boater Safety Education Card from Washington State. Boater cards are required for those operating waterborne craft having motors with 15 horsepower or greater. 

Kitsap County Code: Restricted Waterways

Internal combustion (i.e., gasoline and/or diesel) powered motor boats used for recreational purposes are not permitted at any time on any lake of less than twenty acres in area, or on the following waters: Buck Lake, Wye Lake, Island Lake, Carpenter Creek estuary upstream of South Kingston Road and the Curley Creek estuary upstream of Southworth Drive. B. Internal combustion (i.e., gasoline and/or diesel) powered motorboats used for recreational purposes are not permitted to exceed seven miles per hour on Mission Lake.  

Don't Be Shy Borrow A Life Jacket

Life jackets kiosks  are located at Buck Lake Park, Island Lake Park, Wildcat Lake Park, Long Lake Park, Horseshoe Lake Park

 When Does Salsbury Point Park Boat Ramp Get Installed?

 Visit our Salsbury Point Park page for current information.

 What Are The Health Advisories (Swimming Areas)?

 Visit Kitsap Public Health District page for up-to-date advisories.  

 Where Can I Get A Map Of Kitsap County's Parks and Trails?

 Visit our Find Your Park page

 Are Pets Allowed?

Park rules for pets may vary, depending on which park you are interested in visiting.  Pets are allowed at most parks if they are on a leash. However, horses and pets are not allowed near athletic fields, playgrounds, picnic sites, and swimming beaches. Parks Rules for each County Park are available by checking our Parks Listing for specific rules for each County Park.  Please be sure to clean up after your pet.

Are you looking for an off-leash dog area? Look no further, we have three!  One at Bandix Dog Park, one at Howe Farm Park  and one at Silverdale Rotary Gateway Park.

Athletic Fields: No pets are allowed on any athletic fields or within athletic field complex.

Pet Waste:  "Dogs in Kitsap County drop more than 11 tons of waste each day - and it doesn't just go away."  Watch the Dog Diggity video on pet waste.  Also, check out the Pet Waste and Mutt Mitt Program

 Is There A Lot Of Wildlife In Kitsap County Parks?

Many Kitsap County Parks are inhabited by native wildlife.  Plan ahead for your visit by gathering information from the links below on how to handle possible wildlife encounters:

Bear or Cougar sighting - Immediately contact the Washington State Patrol at 360.478.4646 or call 9-1-1.

Bears - For information to plan for possible bear encounters, contact Center for Wildlife Information at www.BeBearAware.org

Cougars - For information to plan for possible cougar encounters, contact the Washington State Department of Fish & Wildlife at http://wdfw.wa.gov or 360.902.2515

 Can I Reserve A Picnic Shelter?

Kitsap County Parks are a great place to hold an event, like a wedding or a child's birthday party.  Picnic shelters are available to reserve, but other areas of the park are open to the public and available on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Guests to a County Park cannot be prohibited from entering or using an open area of a park during your event.

Please note: If you do plan to use any kind of canopy or tent for an event, these items cannot be staked into the ground, due to possible damage to our irrigation system and must be weighted-down with sandbags, water jugs, or other weights. Bouncing houses and similar items are NOT allowed in our parks.

 

 Visit our Why You Should Visit A Park page.

 How Do I Reserve A Room, Ball Field, Picnic Shelter Or Facility?

 Fill out our online application. Need more information, visit our facility rental page.

 Is There Overnight Camping Available At Any Kitsap County Park?

Unfortunately, camping and overnight parking are not permitted in any Kitsap County Parks.  However, if you are planning to visit the Kitsap Fairgrounds & Events Center, RV parking is available for a maximum of 3 days on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Please call 360.337.5350 for more information on availability and charges. Please note that from OCTOBER 1ST - MARCH 31ST the RV Trailer dump in closed.

 I Want To Volunteer In A Kitsap County Park - How Do I Start?

 Visit our Volunteer page to get started with the Online Volunteer Registration Form

  What Events Are Happening At The Kitsap County Fairgrounds & Events Center?

We have our events listed on the Kitsap County Events Calendar. This events calendar shows all events taking place throughout the county. You can also see upcoming events on our Facebook page

 How Do I Get Information On 4-H?

 Visit WSU Extension at http://extension.wsu.edu/4h to find out more information.

 How Do I Enter Items At The Kitsap County Fair & Stampede?

 Visit our Kitsap County Fair & Stampede exhibitor page.

 Is There A Fee To Enter A Kitsap County Parks?

 No, all Kitsap County Parks are FREE to enter.

 Can I Harvest Mushrooms In Kitsap County Parks?

 Please check out our Mushroom Harvest Policies.