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

Reservations: 888-226-7688
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.
A Discover Pass is required for vehicle access to Washington state parks for day use. For more information about the Discover Pass and exemptions, please visit the Discover Pass web page.
Park Store
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.
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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.

Lake Sylvia State Park is located near Aberdeen, Elma

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
October 13 Great place to hike by Phyllis Burnett
We went today and hiked both of 7 miles in the park and out of the park area....Was great....lots of scenery and several ducks in the lake...took over 500 pics!
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.
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Area Campgrounds
Artic RV Park
893 US Highway 101
Cosmopolis, WA
Elma R.V. Park
4730 State Route 12
Elma, WA

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.


Washington State Parks