FAQ - Parks and Recreation Department
Visit the City of Anacortes Parks & Recreation Department page for more information.
Are there annual boat launch passes?` We sell annual boat trailer parking permits, available through the calendar year at the Parks & Recreation office located at City Hall, 904 6th Street, (360) 293-1918.
Can I make a campsite reservation for Washington Park? Yes. You can go online to our Online Reservation site anytime during the calendar year to make your reservation. Reservations must be made 14 days in advance of your arrival date and payment is required at the time of the reservation. Click to make a reservation at Washington Park.
Do you have a group camping area? Yes. Small groups (30 people maximum) can reserve the group camp as permitted by the Parks Director. Please contact the Parks and Recreation office for more information (360) 293-1918.
Do you have a leash law at the park? Yes, dogs much be on a least at all times.
How can I find driving directions to Washington Park? The address for finding driving directions on the Internet for Washington Park is 6300 Sunset Avenue, Anacortes, WA. From I-5, take exit 230. Drive west on Highway 20 into Anacortes. Follow North along Commercial Avenue, turn L onto 12th Street and proceed west for approximately 3 miles. 12th Street will turn into Oakes Avenue, then Sunset Avenue but continue straight and the road will lead you into Washington Park.
How do I reserve a picnic shelter? There are three picnic shelters at the park; one can be reserved and the other two are first come, first serve. See WA Park fee schedule for current rates on the Parks homepage. Call the Parks office at (360) 293-1918.
What are my chances of getting a campsite without a reservation? Generally speaking, our sites at Washington Park will fill by early Friday afternoon between Memorial Day and Labor Day on any given weekend. You will greatly increase your chances of getting a site if you can guarantee your arrival between Sunday-Thursday; however, we cannot guarantee this availability usually is no problem before Memorial Day or Labor Day. To obtain current campsite availability from our recorded information line, please call (360) 293-1927 ext 4.
What are the campsite occupancy rules? Campsites are limited to: 8 people, 1 camping unit, 1 additional vehicle, and 2 additional tents if campsite allows - determined by the Park Manager
What number do I call to get campground and boat lot availability information? Call (360) 293-1927 ext 4 for recorded information.
Why must reservations for campsites at Washington Park be made at least 14 days in advance? The 2-week minimum is based upon our 14-day stay limit. If a site does go unreserved, we then place it in our first come, first served pool. The 14-day minimum then ensures no reservations are made on sites now occupied by other campers. We work hard to keep our fees reasonable, and our 14-day reservation minimum requires staff to update reservable sites once a day, thereby not having to have a person dedicated to real-time tracking of site availability, and ensuring those that do travel long distances that their site is theirs exclusively, guaranteed for the 2-week stay limit. Unlike State Parks, by maintaining some first come, first served sites, we create opportunities for the last minute camping trip. Customer response to this policy is also well received and many of our campers don`t have to make reservations and can use the park on a whim. We do have a dedicated phone line, (360) 293-1927, that campers can call to check on current site availability. The typical State Park reservation must be made at least 8 months prior to the planned camping trip. Our current policies on reservations and first come, first served sites have been well received by most people and has increased camping revenues significantly.
City of Anacortes Parks & Recreation Department
City Hall Municipal Building
904 6th Street
Corner of 6th Street & Q Avenue, behind the US Post Office
Mailing Address: PO Box 547 Anacortes WA 98221
Parks & Recreation Department Telephone: (360) 293-1918
Fax: (360) 293-1928