WSR 12-22-031

PERMANENT RULES

PARKS AND RECREATION

COMMISSION

[ Filed October 31, 2012, 12:35 p.m. , effective December 1, 2012 ]


Effective Date of Rule: Thirty-one days after filing.

Purpose: State parks staff has reviewed commission rules and proposed changes to current business practices. These proposed changes were approved by the commission at its October 25, 2012, meeting in Vancouver. The rule changes modify the following rules as noted:

WAC 352-32-030 Camping, to allow camping in approved areas within designated sno-parks.

WAC 352-32-056 Peace and quiet, to allow the operation of electric generators after 9:00 p.m. at Easton Reload and Crystal Springs sno-parks during the winter recreation season.

WAC 352-32-125 Fires and campfires, to restrict campfires at Crystal Springs and Easton Reload sno-parks to portable fire receptacles not to exceed three feet in diameter and at least six inches off the ground, and only when open for winter recreation access.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 352-32-030 Camping, 352-32-056 Peace and quiet, and 352-32-125 Fires and campfires.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 79A.05.030 and 79A.05.035.

Adopted under notice filed as WSR 12-19-024 on September 11, 2012.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 3, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, Amended 3, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 3, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Date Adopted: October 25, 2012.

Valeria Evans

Management Analyst

OTS-4953.1


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 07-03-121, filed 1/22/07, effective 2/22/07)

WAC 352-32-030   Camping.   (1) Camping facilities of the state parks within the Washington state parks and recreation commission system are designed and administered specifically to provide recreational opportunities for park visitors. Use of park facilities for purposes which are of a nonrecreational nature, such as long-term residency at park facilities, obstructs opportunities for recreational use, and is inconsistent with the purposes for which those facilities were designed.

No person or camping party may use any state park facility for residence purposes, as defined (WAC 352-32-010).

(2) No person shall camp in any state park area except in areas specifically designated and/or marked for that purpose or as directed by a ranger.

(3) Occupants shall vacate camping facilities by removing their personal property therefrom no later than 1:00 p.m., if the applicable camping fee has not been paid or if the time limit for occupancy of the campsite has expired or the site is reserved by another party. Remaining in a campsite beyond the established checkout time shall subject the occupant to the payment of an additional camping fee.

(4) Use of utility campsites by tent campers shall be subject to payment of the utility campsite fee except when otherwise specified by a ranger.

(5) A campsite is considered occupied when it is being used for purposes of camping by a person or persons who have paid the camping fee within the applicable time limits or when it has been reserved through the appropriate procedures of the reservation system. No person shall take or attempt to take possession of a campsite when it is being occupied by another party, or when informed by a ranger that such site is occupied, or when the site is posted with a "reserved" sign. In the case of a reserved site, a person holding a valid reservation for that specific site may occupy it according to the rules relating to the reservation system for that park. In order to afford the public the greatest possible use of the state park system on a fair and equal basis, campsites in those parks not on the state park reservation system will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. No person shall hold or attempt to hold campsite(s), for another camping party for present or future camping dates, except as prescribed for multiple campsites. Any site occupied by a camping party must be actively utilized for camping purposes.

(6) One person may register for one or more sites within a multiple campsite by paying the multiple campsite fee and providing the required information regarding the occupants of the other sites. An individual may register and hold a multiple campsite for occupancy on the same day by other camping parties. Multiple campsites in designated reservation parks may be reserved under the reservation system.

(7) In order to afford the general public the greatest possible use of the state park system, on a fair and equal basis, and to prevent residential use, continuous occupancy of facilities by the same camping party shall be limited. Campers may stay ten consecutive nights in one park, after which the camping party must vacate the park for three consecutive nights, April 1 through September 30, not to exceed thirty days in a forty-day time period; provided that at the discretion of the park ranger the maximum stay may be extended to fourteen consecutive nights if the campground is not fully occupied. Campers may stay twenty consecutive nights in one park, after which the camping party must vacate the park for three consecutive nights, October 1 through March 31, not to exceed forty days in a sixty-day time period. This limitation shall not apply to those individuals who meet the qualifications of WAC 352-32-280 and 352-32-285.

(8) A maximum of eight people shall be permitted at a campsite overnight, unless otherwise authorized by a ranger. The number of vehicles occupying a campsite shall be limited to one car and one recreational vehicle: Provided, That one additional vehicle without built-in sleeping accommodations may occupy a designated campsite when in the judgment of a ranger the constructed facilities so warrant. The number of tents allowed at each campsite shall be limited to the number that will fit on the developed tent pad or designated area as determined by a ranger.

(9) Persons traveling by bicycles, motor bikes or other similar modes of transportation and utilizing campsites shall be limited to eight persons per site, provided no more than four motorcycles may occupy a campsite.

(10) Water trail camping sites are for the exclusive use of persons traveling by human and wind powered beachable vessels as their primary mode of transportation to the areas. Such camping areas are subject to the campsite capacity limitations as otherwise set forth in this section. Exceptions for emergencies may be approved by the ranger on an individual basis. Water trail site fees, as published by state parks, must be paid at the time the site is occupied.

(11) Overnight stays (bivouac) on technical rock climbing routes will be allowed as outlined in the park's site specific climbing management plan. All litter and human waste must be contained and disposed of properly.

(12) Emergency camping areas may be used only when all designated campsites are full and at the park ranger's discretion. Persons using emergency areas must pay the applicable campsite fee and must vacate the site when directed by the park ranger.

(13) Designated overflow camping areas may be used only when all designated campsites in a park are full and the demand for camping in the geographic area around the park appears to exceed available facilities. Persons using overflow camping areas must pay the applicable campsite fee.

(14) Overnight camping will be allowed in approved areas within designated sno-parks in Washington state parks, when posted, provided the appropriate required sno-park permit is displayed.

(15) Any violation of this section is an infraction under chapter 7.84 RCW.

[Statutory Authority: Chapter 79A.05 RCW. 07-03-121, 352-32-030, filed 1/22/07, effective 2/22/07. Statutory Authority: RCW 79A.05.030, 79A.05.070, and 79A.05.075. 03-01-079, 352-32-030, filed 12/13/02, effective 1/13/03. Statutory Authority: Chapter 79A.05 RCW, including RCW 79A.05.030, 79A.05.035, 79A.05.055, and 79A.05.070. 00-13-070, 352-32-030, filed 6/16/00, effective 7/17/00. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.51.040. 98-04-065, 352-32-030, filed 2/2/98, effective 3/5/98. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.51.180. 96-02-015, 352-32-030, filed 12/21/95, effective 1/21/96. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.51.040 and [43.51.]060. 95-22-067, 352-32-030, filed 10/30/95, effective 1/1/96. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.51.040. 94-23-024, 352-32-030, filed 11/7/94, effective 1/1/95; 93-06-001, 352-32-030, filed 2/17/93, effective 3/20/93. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.51.040 and 43.51.180(7). 92-19-098, 352-32-030, filed 9/17/92, effective 10/18/92. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.51.040 and 43.51.060. 87-08-008 (Order 100), 352-32-030, filed 3/23/87, effective 5/15/87; 86-06-020 (Order 91), 352-32-030, filed 2/25/86; 83-09-031 (Resolution No. 67), 352-32-030, filed 4/15/83; 82-09-035 (Order 60), 352-32-030, filed 4/14/82; 81-09-034 (Order 50), 352-32-030, filed 4/14/81; 80-05-007 (Order 45), 352-32-030, filed 4/4/80. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.51.040(2) and 43.51.060(6). 78-05-082 (Order 39), 352-32-030, filed 5/1/78; Order 33, 352-32-030, filed 4/28/77; Order 9, 352-32-030, filed 11/24/70.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 07-03-121, filed 1/22/07, effective 2/22/07)

WAC 352-32-056   Peace and quiet.   To insure peace and quiet for visitors:

(1) No person shall conduct themselves so that park users are disturbed in their sleeping quarters or in campgrounds or park employees in their sleeping quarters between the quiet hours of 10:00 p.m. and 6:30 a.m.

(2) No person shall, at any time, use sound-emitting electronic equipment including electrical speakers, radios, phonographs, televisions, or other such equipment, at a volume which emits sound beyond the person's vehicle or immediate area of use, individual camp or picnic site that may disturb other park users without specific permission of the park ranger.

(3) Engine driven electric generators may be operated only between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m., except at Crystal Springs and Easton Reload sno-parks where engine driven electric generators may be operated after 9:00 p.m. during the winter recreation season.

(4) Any violation of this section is an infraction under chapter 7.84 RCW.

[Statutory Authority: Chapter 79A.05 RCW. 07-03-121, 352-32-056, filed 1/22/07, effective 2/22/07. Statutory Authority: RCW 79A.05.030, 79A.05.070, and 79A.05.075. 03-01-079, 352-32-056, filed 12/13/02, effective 1/13/03. Statutory Authority: Chapter 79A.05 RCW, including RCW 79A.05.030, 79A.05.035, 79A.05.055, and 79A.05.070. 00-13-070, 352-32-056, filed 6/16/00, effective 7/17/00. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.51.040 and 43.51.180(7). 92-19-098, 352-32-056, filed 9/17/92, effective 10/18/92. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.51.040 and 43.51.060. 86-06-020 (Order 91), 352-32-056, filed 2/25/86.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 07-03-121, filed 1/22/07, effective 2/22/07)

WAC 352-32-125   Fires and campfires.   All fires, except campfires, fires for stoves, candles, torches, barbeques and charcoal, are prohibited in state parks. Campfires are restricted to within the designated campfire pit, ring or other provided campfire enclosure and the flame must be no higher than two feet. On ocean beaches, campfires must be at least one hundred feet from the dunes, no more than four feet in diameter and no more than four feet high. No campfires are allowed on any shellfish bed. Park rangers may impose additional restrictions on fires for the protection of the health, safety and welfare of the public, park visitors or staff, or for the protection of park resources.

At Crystal Springs and Easton Reload sno-parks all campfires must be restricted to portable fire receptacles not to exceed three feet in diameter and must be at least six inches off the ground, and are only permitted when the sno-parks are open for winter recreation access.

Any violation of this section is an infraction under chapter 7.84 RCW.

[Statutory Authority: Chapter 79A.05 RCW. 07-03-121, 352-32-125, filed 1/22/07, effective 2/22/07. Statutory Authority: RCW 79A.05.030, 79A.05.035, 79A.05.055, and 79A.05.070. 05-01-069, 352-32-125, filed 12/9/04, effective 1/9/05.]