Schafer State Park

Schafer State Park is a 119-acre camping park on the Satsop River, midway between Olympia and Ocean Park. A big attraction to park users is the abundant fishing for steelhead, cutthroat trout, and salmon on the Satsop River. Wading and swimming in the shallow water make it an equally attractive site for family gatherings. Buildings are constructed from native stone. Rich in local history, the park is a state and national historic site as designated by the Washington Heritage Register and National Register of Historic Places.

Discover Pass: A Discover Pass is required for vehicle access to state parks for day use. For more information about the Discover Pass and exemptions, please visit the Discover Pass web page.

  1. Activities
  2. Camping
  3. History
  4. Maps
ADA Amenities/Facilities
  • Campground
Picnic & Day-Use Facilities
Two covered picnic shelters in the day-use area are reservable. Reservations can be made online or by calling 888-CAMPOUT (888-226-7688).

  • 2 miles of hiking trails
Water Activities
  • Fishing (freshwater)
  • Swimming
Other Activities & Features
  • Amphitheater
  • Bird watching
  • Fire circles (60)
  • Horseshoe pits (4)
  • Interpretive activities
  • Sheltered fire circles (2)
  • Volleyball field
  • Wildlife viewing
Interpretive Opportunities
A series of outdoor exhibits detail the park's natural and cultural history. One exhibit features photos and descriptions of the pioneer settlement by the Schafers, as well as photos of the many company picnics held in the park. The “Life of the River” exhibit explains flooding, geology, fish habitat, and other features at the park.

Additional Information
  • The Friends of Schafer and Lake Sylvia State Parks host a traditional salmon bake in October and an annual yule log event in December. The park also offers summer lectures, musical performances, and other events every year.
  • 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 website.