Kanaskat-Palmer State Park
At first glance, Kanaskat-Palmer looks like a classic state park, with gentle trails, sprawling lawns and a diverse forest, set on the banks of a river.
But, oh, what a river it is!
As it tumbles toward the mouth of a sandstone gorge, the Green River serves up some of the region's best rapids for rafting and kayaking. Graded Class II to Class IV, this frothy whitewater isn't for everyone; only experts are encouraged to run through the Green River Gorge.
You can find many ways to experience the aquamarine waters without steering through currents, however. Activities include trout fishing, rock hopping and wading in the placid pools and eddies. Maybe you'll see your friend or family member speed by in a kayak.
Kids and contemplative hikers can stroll down the sun-dappled trails, identifying hemlock, cottonwood, alder, spruce and cedar and looking for birds and forest animals.
Though Kanaskat-Palmer is popular with locals and whitewater fans, overnighters can make a leisurely dinner, roll into a tent, RV or yurt, and leave the driving for another day.
Kanaskat-Palmer State Park is a 541-acre camping park on a low, forested plateau, with 2 miles of shoreline on the Green River. Boat and raft launching is by hand only. River rafting and kayaking down the Green River Gorge is for expert-level enthusiasts only.
Please note: The local fire station uses a siren to summon volunteer firefighters for duty. The siren may be activated at any hour of the day or night and can create noisy conditions for campers and visitors. State Parks apologizes for the inconvenience. Additionally, BNSF tracks near the Park are a storage line, and while not used regularly, can emit train noise that may be disruptive to campers.
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.
- Picnic area
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Picnic & day-use facilities
The park offers one large reservable kitchen shelter with water, electricity, and two standing barbecues. Three picnic shelters and 49 unsheltered picnic tables are available first come, first served. Picnic shelter reservations may be made by visiting online or calling (888) CAMPOUT or (888) 226-7688.
- 3 miles of biking trails
- 3 miles of hiking trails
Water activities & features
- Fishing (freshwater)
- White-water kayaking
Other activities & features
- Beach exploration
- Bird watching
- Fire circles (4)
- Horseshoe pits (2)
- Wildlife viewing
- Rafting and kayaking on the Green River is for experts only.
- 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.
- Printable park brochure (PDF).
Whitewater rafting is available. There is no boat-launch fee for this activity.
The park has 25 tent spaces, 19 partial-hookup sites with electricity, six yurts, one dump station, two restrooms (ADA), and six showers (four ADA). Maximum site length is 50 feet (limited availability).
Check-in time is 2:30 p.m.
Check-out time is 1 p.m.
The park has a group camp that accommodates up to 80 people. Parking is limited. The camp includes restroom, showers, two Adirondack (three-sided) sleeping shelters, eight standard tent sites, and a picnic shelter. No motor homes, trailers, or tent-trailers allowed in the group camp.
The six yurts at Kanaskat-Palmer are 16 feet in diameter by 10 feet high and are furnished with bunk beds that sleep three, a queen-size futon, overhead light, and small end table. Outside is a picnic table, fire grill, utility hookup, and a deck that is ADA accessible. Bathrooms and showers are nearby. For more information, visit our cabins and yurts page.
Reservations & fees
Services & supplies
Souvenir gifts and ice are available for purchase at the park welcome station.