With a backdrop of majestic Mount St. Helens, Ike Kinswa State Park has an enviable setting on the scenic banks of Mayfield Lake and the Tilton and Cowlitz rivers. Located in Silver Creek in south-eastern Washington, the 454 acre park is perfect for your RV family vacation with 46,000 feet of freshwater shoreline to enjoy swimming, boating and an abundance of water sports.
The park is very popular in the summertime when campers make use of the warm sunny days to indulge in a host of exciting water recreation. Take your canoe for a paddle up the Tilton, launch your boat and go water skiing or cast your line out at Mayfield Lake and catch something to grill on the fire for dinner. A designated swimming area and playground are the perfect spots for kids to let off some steam.
But summer isn’t the only time that visiting this park is a must. In the surrounding forests, a network of hiking and biking trails provide an excellent way to discover the park’s natural beauty, astonishing birdlife and wildlife. Take the interpretive trail to discover more about the park’s ecology and keep an eye out for all sorts of small woodland creatures, from squirrels to muskrats.
Formerly known as Mayfield Lake State Park, the park was renamed in 1971 to honor the Cowlitz Indians who once lived here and whose burial grounds can be found nearby. Today, the campgrounds are forested and offer all the conveniences you need for you next RV getaway.
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Transportation in Ike Kinswa State Park
Ike Kinswa State Park is located just 20 miles east of Interstate 5 and off US Highway 12. With mostly paved roads, it’s easily accessible for RVs and motorhomes with paved looped campsites specially built for large rig camping. A total of two and a half miles of hiking trails, two of which are accessible for bikes, are alternative ways for exploring the park once you’ve set up camp. The boat launching area also has paved parking and two launching lanes, making boating another great option for exploring the park's shoreline.
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Campsites in Ike Kinswa State Park
Ike Kinswa State Park has a total of 103 campsites for RVs and tents. Campers can choose from 31 standard sites, 41 full hookup utility sites and 31 campsites with water and electricity. The utility sites are paved and accommodate RVs up to 60 feet long. The campsites are perfectly private, separated by tall trees and bushes within the forest with a few limited sites along the river. All come with picnic tables and fire pits. If you’d prefer not to rough it though, or you’d like to treat yourself to a night in a cabin, there are nine three-sleeper cabins to choose from, five of which have an adjacent vault toilet.
Other facilities inside the park include an RV dump station, three restrooms and 10 hot showers, horseshoe pits and a kids’ playground. There is good cell phone reception and firewood can be purchased at the ranger station. There are also two boat launching areas, a 40 foot dock and a day area with 52 unsheltered picnic tables. If you’re up for exploring, there are two and a half miles of hiking trails, two of which are open to bikes, leading through the park.
Some of the campsites are available for reservations all year round (you can book up to nine months ahead of your stay) while other campsites as well as the RV dump station are closed between October and May. The winter freshwater supply is located at the dump station.
One camping party is allowed per site up to a maximum of eight people. Engine-driven electric generators may be operated between the hours of 08h00 and 21h00 only. The campground is pet-friendly but dogs need to be kept on a leash at all times.
Seasonal activities in Ike Kinswa State Park
There are several spots in the park to enjoy a relaxed picnic on a warm summer’s day. There are 52 unsheltered picnic tables for campers to make use of available on a first come, first served basis. Alternatively, you can make use of the grassy lawns near the swimming area or pack a blanket and find a quiet spot in the trees where you can keep an eye out for birds and unusual wildlife.
There is a dedicated swimming spot and small beach area located in a sheltered cove at Ike Kinswa State Park’s day use area across the road. Edged by rolling grassy lawns, it is a fantastic place to hang out as a family during the summer months. Bring along a picnic to enjoy on the sands or on the grass and make the most of the warm weather. Please note that pets are not allowed in the park’s designated swimming areas.
Ike Kinswa State Park is a highlight for boating lovers with endless miles of glassy waters to enjoy water skiing, tubing and wake boarding. It is also a popular spot for jet skiing so be prepared to share the water with them. There are two boat launching areas and 40 feet of handling dock for you to bring your own watercraft. Please note that you’ll require an annual launch permit to launch your boat here and a small fee will be charged.
Bird & wildlife watching
During the quieter winter months in the off season, the bird watching is incredible when there are fewer campers around to disturb them. You’ll be woken up to the sounds of birdsong without even leaving your RV. The birdlife you can expect to see include ravens, eagles, hawks, herons, hummingbirds, jays, ospreys, owls and more. Ducks and geese are often spotted on the lawns. In addition to birds, you can also see a variety of interesting wildlife, such as deer, muskrats, skunks, rabbits, bobcats and – a rarity - even bears.
There are two and a half miles of hiking trails to explore within Ike Kinswa State Park leading through forests and along the lake shore. Discover the half mile interpretive trail which is self-guided and painted with colorful animal tracks. It runs along the pathway between the main campground and the playground with signs offering information about the local wildlife and ecology of the park.
If you love to fish, you will be in your element at Ike Kinswa State Park. Mayfield Lake is stocked annually with hatchery trout and is a major draw card for anglers. Enjoy freshwater fishing for largemouth bass, kokanee, rainbow trout and the elusive tiger muskie. Take your catch back to camp and enjoy a delicious fish barbecue in the evening. Please note that you will require a recreational license for fishing and shellfish harvesting at all Washington State Parks.