Lake Sylvia State Park 'Lake Sylvia' © Carolyn Greer
Beautiful campgrounds surrounding Lake Sylvia. Fishing, hiking, day picnics, swimming and boating are available.
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Lake Sylvia State Park
Lake Sylvia State Park
1813 Lake Sylvia Road
Montesano, Washington   98563

Reservations: 888-226-7688
Lake Sylvia State Park
'Lake Sylvia'
© 2010 cgreer photos

Beautiful campgrounds surrounding Lake Sylvia. Fishing, hiking, day picnics, swimming and boating are available.

Lake Sylvia State Park

Lake Sylvia State Park

Lake Sylvia State Park

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.

Park hours/updates:

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.
Nature of the Area
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

History of the Area
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.
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.
June 6
Kids Fishing Derby
Sponsored by the Montesano Moose Lodge and local GHC businesses.

Prizes awarded to age groups (13-15), (10-12) (7-9)

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.

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The park provides one kitchen shelter without electricity, one sheltered picnic table and 75 unsheltered picnic tables. To reserve the kitchen shelter call (888) CAMPOUT or (888) 226-7688.
Area Attractions
Activities Trails Water Activities Other? 0.5 mi. ADA Hiking Trails? 5 mi. Hiking Trails? Boating (freshwater, non-motorized)? 1 boat ramp (freshwater)? Fishing (freshwater)? Swimming (freshwater)? Bird Watching? Mountain Biking

Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
June 7 Beautiful campground
Beautiful place to camp. Great place to set up camp, drop your pole in the water and let your kids swim! Gets pretty crowded on the weekends with lots of people, so reserve during the week if you want it quieter.
December 11 this is the best park by darlene
we have been going there for 25 years with our kids and now we take our grandkids and they love it.
August 13 A great place for families by Shirley Davis
This was my first camp trip so I do not have much to compare to but it was great. It was myself, my husband and three boys. We stayed for 5 days and I did not want to leave. It was beautiful! Lots of trails to explore and fun stuff for kids! I would definately go again! I am posting some pics!
August 4 Great place to relax by Aaron
This is a great place to relax by the water, hike, swim and just about anything you go camping for. We will also be there the second week in August this year. You really do have to reserve early though. I reserved 9 months early.
July 27 Great family camping and fishing by Betty
We have been comming here since our kids were little, now we bring them and the grandkids.Great park for camping, swimming , fishing, hiking or just a good old picnic area for the young and old. Bathrooms are cleaned daily. We will be spending 5 days the second week of august with the family,cant wait.....
June 15 hiking surprise
I was looking for a short hike. Did the loop around the lake, not bad but not much of a challenge. Next trip we did the trail west from the dam and added in the loop trail. Was surprised by the quick elevation change up to the ridge and back down to the creek. The trail after crossing the bridge on Sylyia Creek has been rerouted and when wet can be a little slick. Great find for an 1 1/2 hour evening hike.
May 20 Great place to fish and camp by longernie
cant seem to get a spot. always reserved. must say something for the place huh?
February 26 A family get away.
We can camp, at minimal cost, as a family and relax and let the kids enjoy and learn about nature.

Area Campgrounds
Artic RV Park
893 US Highway 101
Cosmopolis, WA
Elma R.V. Park
4730 State Route 12
Elma, WA
Weather Forecast, (98583)

Located one mile north of Montesano, Wash.

From Olympia: Drive west on Hwy. 101 to SR 8, and west on SR 8 to SR 12. Follow signs to Montesano. Lake Sylvia is a mile north of the SR 12/Lake Sylvia exit.

USA Parks
USA Parks
The Coast Region
The Coast Region
Lake Sylvia State Park
Lake Sylvia State Park