The retreat center at Millersylvania State Park is very popular among large groups looking for the perfect get-a-way. The lodge and cabins sit amongst tall cedar and fir trees on the shores of Deep Lake just south of Olympia, Washington. There are miles of hiking trails throughout the park as well as swimming, fishing, and canoeing. For complete park information, please visit the Millersylvania State Park page.
Alcohol – A permit is required for any alcohol consumption at an ELC. Permits may be obtained through the ELC reservation office and are free of charge. Alcohol permits must be filled out and mailed to the park at least 30 days prior to your arrival.
Archery – Archery permits are required at those ELCs with an archery range. Permits can be obtained through the ELC reservation office.
Arrival & departure times – The arrival time shown on the reservation is your official scheduled arrival time. If you think you will be more than one hour later than your specified time, you must contact the park directly to arrange for a later check in time. Failure to do so will result in a $50 fee. The entire group and all of its possessions must be ready to go at the departure time specified on the front of the form unless alternate times have been arranged with the park manager or ELC coordinator. Additional charges may apply.
Capacity – No facility shall be used for more than the rated capacity. This includes sleeping cabins and lodges. With prior approval from park staff, some ELCs may allow additional guests to stay in tents or RVs.
Cleaning/health standards – The facility must be thoroughly cleaned and returned to an orderly condition at the time of checkout. Cleaning will include sweeping/mopping floors; oven, refrigerator, freezer and microwave will be clear of all dishes and wiped clean; all dishes, pots, pans, etc. must be washed, dried and put away; tables wiped off and put away; chairs stacked; all garbage/recycle shall be put in its appropriate place. It is the group’s responsibility to confirm with the facility manager regarding cleaning and check-out procedures.
Daily attendance – The group contact shall record overnight and day-use attendance for the dates the group occupies the camp.
Damage/liability/accidents – Groups shall not alter, construct, remove, destroy or change any of the buildings or facilities. No timber, trees, shrubs, flowers or other natural feature shall be cut, damaged or destroyed. Groups shall be liable for damage to State Park property and facilities occurring as a direct result of use that is in excess of normal wear and tear. The group contact must advise park staff immediately of any accidents occurring to any member of the group or any damages to state-owned property.
Electrical appliances – Electric appliances, other than those provided, are prohibited unless permission for their use is obtained from the facility manager. This includes such items as TVs, electric coolers, skillets, toasters, heaters and electric blankets.
Group contact – Each group shall provide a full-time group contact who is responsible for the activities of the group. The group contact must be present at check in for orientation with park staff.
Motor vehicles – May be driven only in authorized areas and will be parked only in specified parking areas. Only in an emergency may vehicles be driven on service roads.
Outdoor fires/fireworks – Fires are permitted only in approved areas. No fire shall be left unattended. Fireworks may not be discharged in any state park or ELC area.
Personal items – Washington State Parks is not responsible for any personal items left at the facility. Please label all personal items (knives, recreational equipment, pots, pans, etc.) so as not to get them confused with park property.
Pets – No pets are allowed at Millersylvania ELC.
Quiet hours – Quiet times are between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6:30 a.m.
Restricted use of buildings – Park staff have the authority to restrict the use of the buildings or areas within the facility when it is judged that such use will be detrimental to the health and safety of the user group.
RVs & tents – RVs and tents may be allowed for overnight use with prior permission from the park manager. Individuals staying in tents or RVs will be charged the standard overnight rate.
Smoking – Smoking is not allowed in any of the ELC buildings. Smoking is allowed outdoors at least 25 feet from any building entrance.
Overnight rates are $11.66 per person, per night plus tax. Day users (non-overnight guests) are charged $4.27 per person, per day plus tax.
Minimums and Maximums
October – April minimum is 40 persons, maximum 150 persons
May – September minimum is 70 persons, maximum 150 persons
You may have less than the minimum amount of people, however, minimum fee still applies.
There is a two-night stay minimum on weekends and a 3-night minimum stay on holiday weekends.
A deposit equal to the first night stay for the minimum amount of people is due within two weeks of making your reservation. If the deposit is not made within 14 days, your reservation will be cancelled without further notice. An $8.50 reservation fee is charged per reservation.
Cancellations must be made 120 days in advance or more in order to receive a refund (less the $10.50 cancellation fee and $8.50 reservation fee). Groups cancelling less than 120 days will forfeit their deposit. Groups that reserve less than 120 days in advance are not entitled to a refund should they cancel.
Your final balance will be calculated by park staff and is due at the end of your stay. All parks can take checks and most take credit cards. If paying your final balance by credit card, inquire with the park in advance.
Can I make a reservation online?
No, reservations cannot be made online at this time. To make a reservation, please call the reservation line: (360) 902-8600.
Can I make a retreat center reservation at the park?
No. All reservations must be made by calling the reservation line.
When I called the reservation line I got a recording. How can I speak to someone?
Currently there is only one part-time staff person operating the retreat center reservation desk so it is necessary for all inquiries and questions to be left on the message line. Messages are returned in the order received. The reservation line can take messages 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Most calls are returned in one day or less but depending on the volume, it may take longer. Calls are not returned on weekends or holidays.
Can I view a calendar to see what dates are open at my favorite retreat center?
Unfortunately, a calendar cannot be viewed at this time. We are working to give you this option in the future.
How far in advance can I make a reservation?
You may call up to one year in advance to request a reservation.
I called one year in advance for a summer reservation only to find most dates were already full. How can I pre-book a summer reservation?
Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend are the busiest and most requested times for the retreat centers. Groups wishing for a date during this time may contact us and request to be added to our summer reservation mailing list. Request forms are sent out in mid-March to all groups wanting dates the following year.
Can I have a later check out or earlier arrival time?
You may request a later check out or earlier arrival time. However, there is an additional charge for this. Please refer to the rates tab for current prices.
I would like to take a tour of the retreat center before I book a reservation. How do I request a tour?
You may contact the park directly to request a tour of the retreat center. Phone numbers for each park can be found under the “Contact Us” section on each retreat center page.
Do I need a Discover Pass at the retreat center?
Overnight visitors do not need a Discover Pass. Visitors coming in just for day must have the Discover Pass or the one-day permit. Both are available at the park office or contact station.
Can I bring my pet?
Each retreat center is different. Please check the Rules tab for more information.
Can we cook our own meals?
Yes. We do not offer catering services so you must provide and make your own meals.
Can I hire a caterer?
Yes, you can hire a catering company to cook your meals at the retreat center.
What is the kitchen stocked with?
All retreat centers come with everything you need to prepare and serve meals, including: commercial oven, range, dishwasher, refrigerator or walk in cooler, freezer, microwaves, coffee pot, pitchers, pots and pans, mixing bowls, bakeware, utensils, serving utensils, dishes, glasses, cups and silverware.
Can I have alcohol?
Yes, you may bring alcohol for your own consumption while staying at the retreat center. You must obtain an alcohol permit in advance of your stay. Alcohol permits may be requested from the reservation office and are free of charge.
Do the cabins have bathrooms?
There is usually one cabin at each retreat center, typically referred to as “cook’s cabin” or “nurses cabin” that have a toilet, sink, and shower inside.
What do I need to bring with me?
You need to bring all linens with you. For sleeping, bring sleeping bags, sheets, blankets, and pillows. For the bathroom, bring towels, washcloths bath mats and personal items. For the kitchen, bring all food, drink, spices, and hand towels. For outdoors, bring all recreational equipment.