From river to field, Flaming Geyser State Park is alive with sounds of joy. As rafters and kayakers glide past its banks, an array of model airplanes sail and swoop, controlled from the ground by their hobbyist pilots, over an area of the park set aside for such fun.
Set on a glorious stretch of the Green River east of Auburn, this suburban jewel known for radio-controlled aircraft flying activities, offers wooded hiking and horse trails, expansive fields for play, places to view the fall salmon runs and enjoy sublime summer swimming, fishing and just hanging out.
Flaming Geyser, a day-use park, is centered around a unique geological feature, a “flaming geyser,” or cluster of once-active methane seeps. The flame no longer burns because of the depletion of its methane source. But the history of the flame, told in interpretive panels at the location, will pique park goers’ curiosity about the living nature of planet Earth.
With four group picnic sites, this is also the place to hold a company barbecue, birthday party or family reunion. Each site accommodates 50 people and can be reserved for a special occasion.
Flaming Geyser State Park is a 503-acre day-use park with more than 3 miles of freshwater shoreline on the Green River.
Automated pay station: This park is equipped with an automated pay station for visitors to purchase a one-day or annual Discover Pass.
Note: Alcohol is not permitted at Flaming Geyser State Park. This policy is strictly enforced throughout the park, including picnic shelters.
There are four shelters that can be reserved through the reservation system. Each shelter accommodates groups up to 50 people. There are 200 unsheltered picnic tables. Reservations can be made online or by calling 888-CAMPOUT (888-226-7688).
Any groups that wish to do a special activity at the park including but not limited to; exceeding 20 people in attendance (including shelter rentals), rocket launching, and weddings are required to have a special activity permit. Please contact the park to apply at (253) 735-8839.
1 mile of horse trails
4.3 miles of hiking trails
Water activities & features
Other activities & features
Fire circles (2)
Fire circles, sheltered (2)
Radio-controlled aircraft flying area
Volleyball fields (4)
Flaming Geyser and river habitat interpretive walks lead by a park ranger are usually available with one week's advance request for groups of 10 - 20 people. There is a self-guided, ADA accessible Salmon Interpretive Trail.
There is a remote-control, model-airplane flying area in the park.
Open lawns are available for softball and other lawn games.
A 25-acre open field is available for equestrian use.
October through December the Salmon Interpretive Trail and the walkway on the Flaming Geyser Bridge offer excellent opportunity to view wild salmon spawning areas.
A recreational license is required for fishing and shellfish harvesting at Washington state parks. For regulations, fishing season information, or to purchase a recreational license, visit the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Flaming Geyser State Park has existed on this location since the 1920s. Operated as a private park into the 1960s, it fell into bankruptcy. State Parks rescued it from conversion to home development and has operated it as a park ever since.