Lake Sylvia State Park

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Adults, kids and adult kids, go play at Lake Sylvia State Park!

Hidden in the hills between Olympia and the Washington Coast, Lake Sylvia is a classic state park. Set in a former logging camp above the historic town of Montesano, park life revolves around a large swimming and fishing lake that draws families to its shores all summer long.

While children head straight for the water or the playground, grown-ups and teens take advantage of the old logging roads-turned-bike-trails. You may end up muddy, tired and happy after a day of riding.

Hikers come from all around southwest Washington to cover the year-round, 5-mile loop trail, which rolls gently from the campground, over wetlands and a small covered bridge. A walk around the lake reveals a dam that provided hydro-electric power to the logging camp in the early 1900s. Park trails connect to a network of hiking and biking trails in the surrounding 5,000-acre Montesano City Forest.

The kids won't want to get out of the water on a warm summer day, so why not make it a campout at this charming family park?

Park features

Lake Sylvia State Park is a wooded, 252-acre camping park with 15,000 feet of freshwater shoreline. Aside from displays of 20th-century logging gear, the lake offers abundant fishing, and the rustic charm of the park makes for excellent day and group camping trips.

Automated pay stations: This park is equipped with automated pay stations for visitors to purchase a one-day or annual Discover Pass and boat launch permit.

  1. Activities
  2. Boating
  3. Camping
  4. History
  5. Maps

ADA amenities/facilities

  • Campground
  • Restroom
  • Hiking trail

Use our interactive ADA recreation map to search for other state parks with ADA amenities and facilities. 

Picnic & day-use facilities
The park provides one kitchen shelter with electricity, one sheltered picnic table and 75 unsheltered picnic tables. To make a reservation, visit online or call (888) CAMPOUT or (888) 226-7688.

Activities

Trails

  • 0.5 miles of ADA hiking trails
  • 5 miles of hiking trails

Water activities & features

  • Boating (non-motorized)
  • Fishing (freshwater)
  • Swimming
  • Watercraft launch

Other activities & features

  • Bird watching
  • Mountain biking

Additional information