In southwest Washington, Lake Sylvia State Park is a former logging camp that has been turned into a recreational hub that attracts many RV campers. This park carries rich logging history and legends from the past. As early as 1868 the area on which the park lies was occupied by Michael F. Luark and his family who owned a water-power sawmill. Today, you can see logging artifacts and logging gear on display in the park including aged stumps and a well-carved wooden ball.
Lake Sylvia State Park was established in 1936 and extra land was purchased in 1985 to form the current size of the park as it appears today. Lake Sylvia State Park sits on 233 acres of land between Olympia and Washington. The 30-acre Lake Sylvia was created by the damming of Sylvia Creek.
Thanks to the dense rainforest that covers the park, RV guests can enjoy seeing and photographing coyotes, bobcats, and deer. Occasionally you can spot bears. Also, a variety of birds love nesting in the nearby hemlock, cedars, and Douglas fir. RV visitors can stop by or camp here for the best water activities. Summer activities such as hiking, biking, and picnicking are also possible here.
Situated just outside Montesano, Lake Sylvia State Park is easy to find. The park can be accessed by driving west on Highway 12. The Sylvia Lake Road that leads to the park’s entrance is smooth. Day use guests can park in the parking lot opposite the park’s office near the entrance. Only overnight guests can drive past the white gate. RV campers can park at their designated campsites. Internal roads are in good condition. There is a parking lot for extra vehicles inside the campground. Some trails can get muddy during the rainy season.
The campground at Lake Sylvia State Park is right next to the lake. There are 31 standard campsites for RVs, tents, and trailers. Additionally, there are four highly competitive partial hookup sites. This pet-friendly campground opens from April through October. If camping with your pets make sure there are always on leash no longer than eight feet.
Generator use is allowed from eight in the morning to nine in the evening. Campers can enjoy a maximum stay of 20 days between October and March and 10 days in summer. Amenities offered in the park include picnic tables, grills, drinking water, three restrooms, flush toilets, coin-operated showers. There are no sewer connections but there is a dump station. Campsites can accommodate an RV or trailer with a maximum length of 30 feet. The campsites are open for reservation up to 11 months in advance from April through September. Each campsite accommodates eight people.
The adventures never end for RVers inside Lake Sylvia State Park. You will need a valid fishing license to enjoy freshwater fishing in Lake Sylvia. Guests can enjoy fishing in the morning or at dusk to try their luck in catching the rainbow trout and largemouth bass that inhabit the lake. Anglers can fish from a boat or from the shores. There is an ADA-accessible fishing dock for your convenience.
The natural beauty of this park captures the attention of every guest that sets their foot here. Dotted with well-interconnected, lush trails, hikers can easily explore the park’s attraction in the company of their kids and dogs. Endowed with the gorgeous five-mile loop, a half-mile of ADA-accessible trails, and interpretive loops, the surroundings are breathtaking. You can choose to follow Chaplin Collins Memorial Forest Lake Loop that runs through the west and the east side of the lake. The west side is stroller friendly and open for mountain biking and is great for wildlife viewing while the east side leads to the covered bridge. The one and a half mile Brownie Trail is another popular and well-marked trail named in honor of Brownie Girl Scouts Group.
Discover the serenity of aquatic life by exploring the calm waters of Lake Sylvia on a boat. There is a boat ramp available. A daily launching permit is required from all boaters. All types of recreational vessels are allowed in the lake, except for internal combustion motors.
The park’s lively forest habitat and lake shores present great birding opportunities. Every avid birder will confirm that a visit to Lake Sylvia State Park is a dream come true. On the river banks and soaring above the area osprey, Canada geese, and bald eagles are regularly seen throughout the year. Mallard ducks, woodpeckers, and beavers are often sighted. Other birds spotted across the park’s diverse habitats are a variety of warblers’ species including Northern Parula Warblers, Nashville Warblers, and Yellow-rumped Warblers. Mallards and blue herons are native to the park’s territory.
The day use has a roped off swimming area for kids. There are no lifeguards on duty and swimmers swim at their own risk. There is also a sandy beach to stroll along and a playground equipped with toys nearby. There are changing rooms available in the swimming area. If you intend to look after your little one you may need to carry an umbrella as the swim area is in an open space.
There's no better way to soak up the RV life than to enjoy a serene picnic soaking in the beauty of Washington state. Surprise your family with a picnic lunch by the lake at the park. If you love open areas you will have the option of choosing from the 75 unsheltered picnic tables spread around the park. In the shaded day use area, there is one sheltered picnic table.