"Beginning with Yellowstone, the idea of a national park was an American invention of historic consequences. The areas that now comprise the national park system, and those that will be added in years to come, are cumulative expressions of a single national heritage. The National Park Service must manage park resources and values in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations," 2001 NPS Management Policies.

At Fort Vancouver NHS, staff and volunteers work together as a team, creating opportunities for visitor enjoyment while striving always to manage the park's resources so that they will remain unimpaired for future generations.


Safety Closure and Site Restrictions (Public Health Emergency)

June 30, 2021

On Masks

Consistent with CDC recommendations, people who are not fully vaccinated must continue to wear masks indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces. Masks are required for everyone on all forms of public transportation. Additional details are available at Before visiting, please check the park website to determine its operating status. Please recreate responsibly.

Closure Order - Portion of a Park Area: Under the authority provided to the Superintendent in 36 CFR 1.5 (a)(1), the following public facility at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site were closed on November 17, 2020, and remain closed until further notice:
  • The Barclay House (visitor services area for the McLoughlin House Unit)
Site Restrictions: The following facilities are re-opened to the public on March 2, 2021, with restrictions until further notice:
  • The reconstructed fort site
  • The Visitor Center
  • Pearson Air Museum (which remains closed to the public due to exhibit and facility updates)

Although these facilities are open to the public during the park's normal operating hours, we are implementing the following restrictions of use:
  • Interior spaces of the Visitor Center will be signed and marked to encourage appropriate social distancing, and to encourage visitors who have not been vaccinated to wear masks while visiting.
  • The entrance to the reconstructed fort will be marked to create one-way entry and exit paths to encourage social distancing, and to encourage visitors who have not been vaccinated to wear masks while visiting.
  • Living history programs will be limited inside of the fort structures, and several structures with smaller interior spaces will remain closed to encourage social distancing.
Notice: This administrative order applies to all individuals subject to the regulatory authority of the National Park Service (NPS) within the boundaries of Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, including park visitors, government employees, concession employees, park residents and stakeholders.

Finding: The NPS issues this administrative order for the purpose of maintaining public health and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic emergency. This order is consistent with the following Federal, Washington State, and local public health directives:
These directives require the NPS to take the actions identified above because:
  • It is not possible to maintain proper social distancing techniques recommended by all levels of public health officials while the public, staff, and volunteers have unrestricted access to the interior public spaces at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site.
  • Specifically, public health directives require social distancing to slow the spread of COVID-19. Allowing visitors unrestricted access inside of the public spaces with others not from their household is likely to violate that requirement that persons stay at least 6 feet from each other.
This order is effective immediately and will remain in effect until further notice. The effectiveness of this order will be assessed on an ongoing basis and will be modified or removed when conditions warrant.

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Last updated: June 30, 2021

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