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Millersylvania State Park
MILLERSYLVANIA STATE PARK
MILLERSYLVANIA STATE PARK
12245 Tilley Road S.
Olympia, Washington   98512

Reservations: 888-226-7688
Millersylvania State Park is an 842-acre camping park with 3,300 feet of freshwater shoreline on Deep Lake. The park, filled with trails, is abundant in old-growth cedar and fir trees. Millersylvania was constructed almost entirely by hand in 1935 by the Civilian Conservation Corps. This historic park is nestled in broad stands of old-growth cedar and fir trees. Deep Lake, located on the property, attracts boaters, swimmers and fishermen. The state capital is a few miles north of the park.



Park hours/updates:

The park is open year round for camping and day use.

Summer: 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.Winter: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Camping:Check-in time, 2:30 p.m.Check-out time, 1 p.m.Quiet hours: 10 p.m. to 6:30 a.m.

Nature of the Area
Wildlife Mammals Birds Fish & Sea Life . Chipmunks. Coyotes. Deer or Elk. Marten. Muskrats. Otters. Rabbits. Raccoons. Skunks. Squirrels. Weasels. Crows or Ravens. Doves or Pigeons. Ducks. Eagles. Geese. Grouse. Gulls. Hawks. Herons. Hummingbirds. Jays. Ospreys. Owls. Woodpeckers. Wrens. Bass. Bluegill. Bullhead. Catfish. Perch. Trout

Environmental Features Physical Features Plant Life . Cedar. Douglas Fir. Hemlock. Spruce. Alder. Apple. Ash. Maple. Foxglove. Lupines. Rhododendron. Berries. Ferns. Moss or Lichens

History of the Area
The park was originally called "Miller's Glade" by the Miller family, who once owned the property. The family later changed the name to "Millersylvania," meaning "wooded glade." The park's 842 acres were homesteaded by Squire Lathum in 1855 before being sold to John Miller. Miller's family gave the property to the state in 1921, stipulating that the land must forever be used as a park.

Millersylvania's buildings were constructed in 1935 almost entirely by hand by the Civilian Conservation Corps. Relics of a narrow-gauge railroad, and several skid roads used in the 1800s by the logging industry, remain on park grounds. Stumps of trees still carry notch scars where springboards supported brawny loggers.
Cabins
Lakeside Cottage:

This charming two-story cottage sits in a lovely and private setting on the shore of Deep Lake, offering great comfort in an idyllic park setting. The main floor of the house has a living room, master bedroom, fully-equipped kitchen and bathroom; the upstairs is an open loft for indoor activities and relaxation, with cozy alcoves for sleeping. Maximum occupancy is six guests. To make reservations call (800) 360-4240.
Camping
The camp provides 120 tent spaces, 48 utility spaces, three restrooms (one ADA), eight showers (two ADA) and one dump station.

Maximum site length is 60 feet (may have limited availability). Standard campsites have a restricted total vehicle length of 35 feet. This is due to the park's tight, narrow roadways in the standard campsite section.

To reserve a campsite in summer, call (888) CAMPOUT or (888) 226-7688. In winter (Sept. 16 through May 14), some campsites are available first come, first served, with limited facilities.

Group Accommodations:

Kitchen #4 is in the group camp for tent camping only, which accommodates 20 to 40 people. The kitchen has a wood stove, sink and electrical outlets. A standard restroom is nearby. The kitchen with group camp rent together for fees that vary with size of the group. To reserve, call (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.
Boating
The park provides one boat ramp and 100 feet of dock. This is a hand-type boat launch, for small craft only. Deep Lake has a speed limit of 5 mph.

A daily watercraft launching permit and a trailer dumping permit is available at the park.


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Picnicking
The park provides four kitchen shelters with electricity, plus 125 unsheltered and 30 sheltered picnic tables.

Kitchen #1 and #3 are reservable shelters containing a wood stove, grill, sink and outlets; kitchen #1 also has a fire place. The structures accommodates up to 250 people. To reserve, call (888) CAMPOUT or (888) 226-7688.

Kitchen shelters #2 has a wood stove, grill, sink and outlets and accommodates up to 50 people. To reserve, call (888) CAMPOUT or (888) 226-7688. See "Group Accommodations" for shelter #4.
Nature Programs
An interpretive display at the flagpole tells the story of the park's construction by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1935. A stone memorial in honor of the Miller family is located near the first bathhouse. Interpretive trail walks are led by a local volunteer naturalist during the summer months. For dates and times, check with park staff at the ranger contact station.
Area Attractions
Trails Water Activities Other . 8.6 mi. Hiking Trails. 7.6 mi. Bike Trails. Boating (freshwater). Boating (freshwater, non-motorized). 1 boat ramp (freshwater). 100 feet of dock (freshwater). Fishing (freshwater). Swimming (freshwater). 1 Amphitheater. Bird Watching. 3 Fire Circles. 3 Horseshoe pits. Interpretive Activities. Mountain Biking. Wildlife Viewing



For use of the horseshoe pits, please bring your own horseshoes.

There is a fishing dock at the boat-launch area. Fishing is seasonal. Check fishing regulations for opening and closing dates each year.

The park has a one-mile exercise trail.

Things To Do in the Area
Bainbridge Bluegrass Festival - Rollingbay, WAArts/Cultural/Drama
Bainbridge Bluegrass Festival is a family-focused music event organized by volunteers. The festival brings diverse music to the community, raising funds for local charities, this year PAWs of Bainbridge Island and North Kitsap.
Web Site: BainbridgeBluegrass.org
54.2 miles from park*
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
August 19 Great staff! by Doug in Lacey
My sister and I were impressed with the courtesy, friendliness and professionalism of the concession and boat rental staff. They made us feel welcome, and we had a great time on the paddleboats!
July 8 Outstanding Park by mikeyb12
We, my son and his daughter spent 5 days here. A really wonderful park. Quiet, shady, with swimming and fishing and boating and hiking trails.
July 7 our favorite park by mommyof5
My family and I love going to millersylvania for our family camping.We especially like the group site we can fit all 40 of us and be nice and cozy.My husbands family came here when he was young and now we bring our kids here.and I am sure the tradition will continue.
March 21 Had fun BUT....... by Marietaylor22
It was a great location, it was over priced, and the worst part of all there was a quiet time at 10:00 pm! If you pay $300 to have a family campout you should be able to laugh and joke and be somewhat loud to an extent! We had park rangers come to our camp and tell us we needed to quiet down, that it was quiet time, I didnt know there was a quiet time in camping! If you want to be a fuddy duddy in bed at 10 pm then maybe you should camp at home! Sorry but we wont be coming back this year. Maybe you should change your rules and regulations and possibly get more business!
March 6 We use the park still to this day... by Dave Matthews
My Family donated the land to the state back in 1921 and we still hold our family reunions there. Millersylvania is a well kept, fun, family perfect place to spend your summers or even winters for you 4 season campers. The lake swimming area is a great place to bask in the sun or take a dip. Millersylvania is an all around awesome place to to camp and have fun!!
January 27 A perfect place for beginner campers by otteergirl
I started camping here when my usual 1 week trips had to be reduced to 2-3 days days. Old growth forest,nice beach with covered picnic areas,swimming area (bring towels,blankets to sit on) consession stand w/ camping basics and summer food, long fishing dock, boat rentals and free launch, wonderful trails, wood purchase available and a variety of site types. Warning..book in advance, always full. Great for hot summer days!
November 26 Family Perfect!!!!! by Brittany
my dad has been taking me and my family there for 3 years now with our close family friends and we love the place. its the best camping grounds ever. i love the hiking trails the most. my youngest sister loves the swimming and my middle young sis loves to go fishing. my mom and dad love to spend there time around the fire. i was so desperate not being able to wash my hair that i cleaned it in the ice cold water faucet...but i didnt want to wait for my dad to get back with the money to pay for a shower. LOL. i even heard an owl for the first time. it was comforting...i will want to go every year now!!! my mom was mad at my dad though cause he got us a camp site that was not private. everyone could see what we were doing...and my mo hated that. but actually i was laughing about it. it still was a funny camping trip.
August 31 by dhluvsaj
Stayed in campsite 70. It was not private at all. Campsite 71 was so close it felt like we were camping together. Would recommend campsite 48 or 57. We rented a canoe had fun but my 4 yr.old son did not. The girl who rented us the canoe was rude and offered no tips. Only after getting in canoe did we realize that we should of went with the paddleboat or rowboat. Once we got back to shore did we learn that tipping the canoe is very common. (we thought it might just be us) And we learned this from a young boy and not the rude lady who rented my husband and I along with my son the dangerous canoe.
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June 1 Many ways to relax and enjoy nature by Donna Johnson
My husband and I joined two other couples this past weekend at Miller Sylvania State Park. Lovely walking trails, bring your insect repellent. Nice RV sites, with water and electric hookups. See photos at my blog, http://destinationsbydonna.wordpress.com
May 2 by lgirdler27
AWESOME place for quality fgamily time!! have been going there almost 25 years with family and still do. We go hiking campling, fishing etc. WE LOVE IT...........
May 15 family fun time!!! by AmandaJayne
we have a 3 year old and we took him to millersylvania for his first camping trip we had so much fun the campsites could be a little bigger but other then that nothing to complain about trails to hike you can go fishing or boating one of our favorite places to go and hang out as a family


Area Campgrounds

Deep Lake Resort
12405 Tilley Road South
Olympia, WA
360-352-7388


Olympia Campground
1441 83rd Avenue SW
Olympia, WA
360-352-2551


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Located ten miles south of Olympia, Wash., on the state's western side in Thurston County.

From I-5:Take exit #95. Drive east, and follow signs to park (about three miles northeast of the freeway).

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