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Lake Sylvia State Park
|Trail Name||Lake Sylvia State Park|
|Distance||2.0 Miles Round Trip|
|Elevation Gain||30 Feet|
|High Point||170 Feet|
|Trip Reports||Lake Sylvia State Park|
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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.
How to get there
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.
Fees, Permits, etc.
- Discover Pass required to park at the trail head parking area. You can purchase a day use Discover Pass at the trailhead for $10. A $30 annual pass is available for purchase where hunting and fishing licenses are sold, at park office when staff is available or http://www.discoverpass.wa.gov
After the Hike
Summer: 8 a.m. to dusk. Winter: Campground closed Oct. 31, reopens March 15. Day-use area open 8 a.m. to dusk.
Campground, group camp and kitchen shelter reservable April 1 through Sept. 30.
Check-in time, 2:30 p.m. Check-out time, 1 p.m. Quiet hours: 10 p.m. to 6:30 a.m.
Camping: 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. Picnicking: 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. Boating: 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.