Kopachuck trail forest and ferns

Kopachuck – New Day Use Amenities

In 2011, the campground at Kopachuck State Park was closed indefinitely due to a pathogen called laminated root rot. The disease infected mature Douglas fir trees, which made overnight experiences unavailable over concerns for visitor safety.

To address this shortcoming, special emphasis was placed on making day-use improvements. State Parks collaborated closely with our consultant Bruce Dees Associates from Tacoma to create a new vision for the park. The master plan was completed through a rigorous public process and approved by the Commission in 2014.

The project will create a new welcome center and a multi-purpose day-use building that will be suitable to accommodate a wide range of events including weddings, school groups, and community gatherings. In addition, there are plans for a new Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant picnic area, amphitheater and play area located adjacent to these buildings. New infrastructure including water, sewer, and storm water management systems will support these features. The design team worked diligently to minimize the amount of tree removal for the project.

The project is now fully permitted and is going through final design review.  State Parks expects to advertise the project for public bid in early 2024.  Construction is anticipated to be complete and open to the public by Spring/Summer of 2025.

Proposed site plan

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Contact Us

Name Brian Yearout
Department Parks Development
Phone (360) 725-9763
Email planning@parks.wa.gov
Address PO Box 42650 Olympia , WA 98504-2650