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Posted on: September 6, 2017

17-057 Lake Sylvia State Park, FOSLS host annual Fall Festival



Media contacts:
Toni Droscher, (360) 902-8604
Stet Palmer, FOSLS, (360 789-9953

New activity this year: group kayak paddle tour

OLYMPIA – Sept. 6, 2017 – Lake Sylvia State Park and the Friends of Schafer and Lake Sylvia (FOSLS) invite the public to get in the autumnal spirit at the eighth annual Lake Sylvia Fall Festival near Montesano.

The Fall Festival is from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, at Lake Sylvia State Park, 1812 N. Lake Sylvia Road, Montesano. (Directions).

The Festival begins with a camp-style pancake breakfast, followed by music, kids’ games and races, an artists’ market, food vendors, history talks, cooking demonstrations by local Boy Scout troops and kids’ nature art.

A new activity this year will be a group kayak paddle/tour on the lake at 2 p.m. Kayaks will be available—for free—on a first-come, first-served basis. People are encouraged to bring their own kayaks as well.

Also new for this year, the Chehalis Watershed Festival will have a space near the lake with activities and exhibits, including a salmon life-cycle beanbag toss, bracelet making and fishy arts and crafts. The Chehalis Watershed Festival is put on by a variety of organizations working in the region on natural resource education and restoration. For more information, visit:

The Festival is free to attend, but a Discover Pass is required for vehicle access to the park. A free shuttle service for the Festival will be available all day between Simpson Elementary School, 519 Simpson Ave. W, Montesano and Lake Sylvia. (Directions)

For more information about the Lake Sylvia Fall Festival, contact Stet Palmer, FOSLS, 360-789-9953, or Ranger Miles Wenzel, 360-249-3621.

About the Friends of Schafer and Lake Sylvia State Park

Friends of Schafer and Lake Sylvia State Parks (FOSLS) was formed in 2009 as a non-profit corporation to partner with State Parks in the preservation, development and management of the two state parks. The organization has conducted work parties to renovate historic structures, cleaned up storm damage, partially funded construction of a new shelter and worked to get Schafer State Park on the National Historic Register. More information about FOSLS can be found here: 

About Lake Sylvia State Park
Lake Sylvia State Park is a quiet 233-acre camping park set in a wooded area outside of Montesano on 15,000 feet of freshwater shoreline. Fishing is a popular activity in the park, with plenty of access to the lake, including an ADA-accessible fishing dock and boat ramp. Non-motorized boats are allowed on the lake. The park offers 5 miles of hiking trails as well as swimming, birdwatching and mountain biking. More information about the park is here: 


About Washington State Parks

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission manages more than 100 state parks and properties totaling approximately 120,000 acres. The Commission provides a variety of recreation opportunities for citizens and provides stewardship protection for a diverse array of natural, cultural and historic resources. State Parks’ statewide programs include long-distance trails, boating safety and winter recreation.

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Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission

1111 Israel Road S.W.
P.O. Box 42650
Olympia, WA 98504-2650

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