LAKE SYLVIA STATE PARK
Lake Sylvia State Park is a quiet, 233-acre camping park with 15,000 feet of freshwater shoreline. The park is an old logging camp in a wooded area halfway between Olympia and the Pacific shore. Aside from the interesting displays of old logging gear and curiosities, the lake is good for fishing, and the rustic charm of the park makes for excellent day outings and group camping trips. The park features a giant ball carved of wood by a local logging legend. Lake and forest offer rest and rejuvenation for park visitors.
Summer: 8 a.m. to dusk.Winter: 8 a.m. to dusk.
Open year round for day use. The campground is open April 1 - Oct 12. Campground, group camp and kitchen shelter reservable April 1 through September 30.
Check-in time, 2:30 p.m.Check-out time, 1 p.m.Quiet hours: 10 p.m. to 6:30 a.m.
The parks day use is open and the campground is scheduled to open in late march.
Wildlife Mammals Birds Fish & Sea Life? Bears? Bobcats? Chipmunks? Coyotes? Deer or Elk? Otters? Rabbits? Raccoons? Squirrels? Weasels? Ducks? Eagles? Grouse? Hawks? Herons? Ospreys? Owls? Woodpeckers? Wrens? Bass? Trout
Environmental Features Physical Features Plant Life ? Cedar? Douglas Fir? Hemlock? Spruce? Alder? Maple? Daisy? Foxglove? Rhododendron? Berries? Ferns? Moss or Lichens
Huge, old-growth stumps are everywhere in the park. There is a giant wooden ball carved from a single log by a local logging legend. Story has it the logger could stand atop the floating ball and "walk it" from one end of the lake to the other. The area is rich with logging lore and history. When logging ceased in 1930, the dam was used to generate electricity for the town of Montesano. In 1936, Montesano donated the land to the State Parks Commission for conservation. Addditional lands were added by a trade in 1985.
Available in the park Available in the area? Camping? Pay phone? Auto repair? Camping? Diesel? Fishing/hunting? Gasoline? Gifts? Golf? Groceries? Hardware? Hospital? Overnight Accommodations? Pay phone? Postal service? Propane? Recreational equipment? Wood? Swimming
Most services are available nearby.
The park has 35 tent spaces, one dump station, three restrooms (one ADA) and six showers (four ADA). In addition, there are two primitive tent sites for hikers and bicyclers. Most sites will accommodate either a tent or an RV. Maximum site length is 30 feet (may have limited availability).
Group Accommodations: There is one group camp available (tents only) for groups of up to 60 people, reservable by calling (888) CAMPOUT or (888) 226-7688.
Check-in time is 2:30 p.m., and check-out time is 1 p.m.Quiet hours are from 10 p.m. to 6:30 a.m.Engine-driven electric generators may be operated only between the hours of 8 a.m. and 9 p.m.Length of stay: You may stay up to ten consecutive days in any one park during the summer; the stay limit is extended to 20 days between Oct. 1 and March 31.
There is one boat ramp. Electric but not gasoline-powered boat motors are allowed.
A daily watercraft launching permit and a trailer dumping permit is available at the park. Annual permits also may be purchased at State Parks Headquarters in Olympia, at region offices, online, and at parks when staff is available.