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Lake Sylvia State Park
Set in a former logging camp above the historic town of Montesano, Lake Sylvia State Park's many charms are a centered around a large swimming and fishing lake that draws families to its shores all summer long.
Explore the 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.
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.
Lake Sylvia Legacy Pavilion, a beautiful new day-use facility, is open for reservations year-round. For more on how to book your event at the Pavilion, visit the Lake Sylvia Legacy Pavilion page.
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.
- 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.
- 0.5 miles of ADA hiking trails
- 5 miles of hiking trails
Water activities & features
- Boating (non-motorized)
- Fishing (freshwater)
- Kayak and paddle board rentals
- Watercraft launch
Other activities & features
- Bird watching
- Mountain biking
- The park has an ADA fishing dock and playground equipment.
- Kayaks and paddle boards are available for rent from June through September. Rental fees are $15 for two hours.
- 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).
Located in Grays Harbor County on Lake Sylvia, the park offers one boat ramp. Electric but not gasoline-powered boat motors are allowed.
Launching a boat at a state park requires one of the following:
- An annual launch permit (Natural Investment Permit); or
- An annual Discover Pass and a daily launch permit; or
- A one-day Discover Pass and a daily launch permit. A daily watercraft launching permit for $7 and a trailer dumping permit for $5 is available at the park. Annual permits also may be purchased at State Parks Headquarters in Olympia, at region offices, online, and at parks when staff is available.
Latitude: 47º 0' 3.24" N (47.0009)
Longitude: 123º 35' 31.21" W (-123.592)
The park has 31 standard campsites, 4 partial-hookup sites, one dump station, three restrooms (one ADA), and six showers (four ADA). In addition, there are four primitive walk-in sites and two primitive sites for hikers and bicyclers. Most sites will accommodate either a tent or an RV. Maximum site length is 30 feet (limited availability). Individual campsites are reservable from April 1 - Sept. 30.
Check-in time is 2:30 p.m.
Check-out time is 1 p.m.
There is one group camp available (tents only) for groups of up to 50 people. Parking for five vehicles is included with your group camp rental. Additional vehicles will be charged the extra vehicle fee of $10 per night. The group camp is reservable April 1 to Sept. 30.
Reservations & fees
Reservations can be made online or by calling (888) CAMPOUT or (888) 226-7688. For fee information, check out our camping rates page.
Services & supplies
Kayaks and paddle boards are available for rent from June through September. Rental fees are $15 for two hours.
Michael F. Luark homesteaded at what is now Lake Sylvia State Park in 1868. The family built a water-powered sawmill, the first in Grays Harbor County. In 1909, a dam was constructed at the end of Lake Sylvia to provide hydro-electric power and water to the City of Montesano. The Wilder family lived in the generator room for many years and Silas Wilder's wife was the only woman known to operate a power plant in the United States during the 1920s. The powerhouse was dismantled in the early 1930s.
The area around Lake Sylvia State Park is rich with logging lore and history. Huge, old-growth stumps are everywhere in the park. There is a giant wooden ball carved from a single log by a local logging legend. Story has it the logger could stand atop the floating ball and walk it from one end of the lake to the other. Logging ceased in the 1930s and the City of Montesano donated the land around Lake Sylvia to the State Parks Commission for conservation in 1936. Additional lands were added by a trade in 1985.