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Park Rules, Regulations & Policies
Conduct in all Pierce County public parks and facilities is subject to all the general police regulations of Pierce County, as well as County Parks Code 14.08.

Park Hours
  • In parks that are controlled by gates or other devices, normal park hours are as posted except in the case of prearranged, special group activities or regularly established concessions. In other areas, no person will be permitted to trespass, nor will vehicles be allowed to remain parked after the hours of darkness.

Boat Launching
  • Boat launching can occur in designated areas only. No person shall launch a boat in Pierce County park facilities, except in an area specifically designated and/or marked for that purpose.
  • Boat launch passes are available for the general public to purchase on a seasonal basis for $75 for a resident and $150 for a non-resident. Additional fees are required at Lake Tapps Park. Passes are for the immediate family use and are non-transferable . 'Family' means one or more persons related by blood or marriage (or adoption), living as a single housekeeping unit. Passes can be used for recreational purposes only, not for personal financial gain.

Motor Vehicle Parking

  • No operator of any automobile, trailer, camper, boat trailer or other motor vehicle shall park such vehicle in any Pierce County park area other than designated motor vehicle parking areas. The only exception is where the operator is using the area for a designated recreational purpose and the vehicle is parked either in a designated parking area for an event or in another area with the permission of the facility staff. No person shall park, leave standing or abandon a motor vehicle, camper or trailer in any Pierce County park area after closing time. Any vehicle found parked in violation will be towed away at the owner's or operator's expense or cited.

Animals

  • Animals are permitted in any Pierce County park if the animals are kept on a leash no longer than eight feet, or confined, and under control at all times.
  • Pet owners must have the equipment necessary to remove his/her animal's fecal matter, when accompanied by an animal in any park. Any person with an animal in his or her possession or control in any park shall be responsible for the conduct of the animal and for removing from the park grounds feces deposited by such animal.
  • No horses shall be permitted in any park except where designated and posted to specifically permit such activity. Horses shall not be permitted on any designated swimming area, campground or picnic area. This regulation may be waived by the director or designee for special events conducted by organized groups.
  • All laws, rules and regulations of the State of Washington relating to season limits and methods of fishing are applicable to fishing or game fish in all Pierce County parks. No person may fish for or possess any fish taken from any dam, dike, bridge, dock, boat landing or beach which is posted with a sign prohibiting fishing.

Other Park Rules & Regulations

  • Possession of alcoholic beverages is prohibited.
  • Loitering in vehicles is prohibited.
  • For safety, swim only in designated areas.
  • Please use trash receptacles.
  • Discharge of firearms is prohibited.
  • No fireworks or open fires.
  • Loud music is prohibited.
  • Drive carefully and cautiously and enjoy your visit.
  • No person shall camp in any park except in areas specifically designated and/or marked for that purpose.

Violations of any of the Park Code 36.68 can mean fines up to $1,000 and/or imprisonment of 90 days. Rewards of up to $300 may be given for information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone vandalizing Pierce County property.

Metal Detecting (14.08.060)

  • Use of metal detectors is permitted only within specified portions of approved parks or locations where the environment can be accessed without damage and returned to its original state.
  • Use of metal detectors within a park shall be limited to daylight hours when the park is open.
  • Unauthorized cutting, removal or destruction of any turf, tree, plant, shrub, flower or seaweed on park property is prohibited.

Swimming Safety Tips
There are no lifeguards at our county parks so know the water:

  • Hypothermia risk exists.
  • The bottom of the lake is uneven with sudden drop-offs, dead trees and other hazards.
  • Swim only in designated areas. Keep away from boats by staying inside the buoy line.

Know your limits:

  • Be aware that cold water can kill, even on hot summer days. Stay close to shore and rest if you are cold or tired.

Wear a life jacket:

  • Bring your life jacket or borrow one for free from the concession stand (supplies are limited).
  • Wear a life jacket when swimming. It's easy to misjudge the water and your swimming skills. Trouble can happen quickly be prepared.

Supervise children around the water:

  • Nothing replaces adult supervision.
  • Assign an adult to watch children at all times.
  • Constantly watch your children in or near the water.
  • Keep young children within arm's reach.

Watercraft Regulations

  • Pierce County Watercraft Regulations for lakes and rivers are under the jurisdiction of the Pierce County Sheriff's Department (Pierce County Code Chapter 8.88). For more information, contact the Pierce County Sheriff's Department at (253) 798-7540.

Contact Us

Pierce County Parks and Recreation
9112 Lakewood Dr. SW
Lakewood, WA 98499

Ph: (253) 798-4176
Fx: (253) 582-7461
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Monday - Friday 
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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