Kanaskat-Palmer State Park

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At first glance, Kanaskat-Palmer looks like a classic state park, with gentle trails, sprawling lawns and a diverse forest, set on the banks of a river. 

But, oh, what a river it is!

As it tumbles toward the mouth of a sandstone gorge, the Green River serves up some of the region’s best rapids for rafting and kayaking. Graded Class II to Class IV, this frothy whitewater isn’t for everyone; only experts are encouraged to run through the Green River Gorge. 

You can find many ways to experience the aquamarine waters without steering through currents, however. Activities include trout fishing, rock-hopping and wading in the placid pools and eddies. Maybe you’ll see your friend or family member speed by in a kayak. 

Kids and contemplative hikers can stroll down the sun-dappled trails, identifying hemlock, cottonwood, alder, spruce and cedar and looking for birds and forest animals.  

Though Kanaskat-Palmer is popular with locals and whitewater fans, overnighters can make a leisurely dinner, roll into a tent, RV or yurt, and leave the driving for another day. 

Park features


Kanaskat-Palmer State Park is a 320-acre camping park on a low, forested plateau, with 2 miles of shoreline on the Green River. Boat and raft launching is by hand only. River rafting and kayaking down the Green River Gorge is for expert-level enthusiasts only. 

Please note:  The local fire station uses a siren to summon volunteer firefighters for duty. The siren may be activated at any hour of the day or night and can create noisy conditions for campers and visitors. State Parks apologizes for the inconvenience.
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ADA amenities/facilities


  • Campground
  • Restroom

Picnic & day-use facilities


The park offers one large reservable kitchen shelter with water, electricity, and two standing barbecues. Three picnic shelters and 49 unsheltered picnic tables are available first come, first served. Picnic shelter reservations may be made by visiting online or calling (888) CAMPOUT or (888) 226-7688.

Activities


Trails


  • Three miles of biking trails
  • Three miles of hiking trails

Water activities & features


  • Freshwater fishing
  • Swimming
  • White-water kayaking

Other activities & features


  • Beach exploration
  • Bird watching
  • Four fire circles
  • Two horseshoe pits
  • Wildlife viewing

Additional information


  • Rafting and kayaking on the Green River is for experts only.
  • 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.