Lake Sylvia State Park RV & Campground Guide


Overlooking Montesano, Washington sits Lake Sylvia State Park. Over 1,500 feet of freshwater shoreline is available, which makes it a popular fishing and swimming spot for locals, vacationers, and families. Many children love to play on the playground at this park that was once a logging camp. The old logging roads have been turned into biking trails, and hikers often love hiking along the trails connecting this park to Montesano and points beyond. People looking to relax and get away from it all often visit this serene location 40 miles from Olympia, 99 miles from Seattle, and 69 miles from Tacoma. 

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Spring 58-75 F
Summer 65-84 F
Fall 41-60 F
Winter 30-41 F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Lake Sylvia State Park

You will not want to leave this park’s calming environment behind, even for a moment, so bring your RV. If you do not have one, then rent one on RVshare. It's a perfect way to have everything you need at your fingertips.

Friends Landing

Friends Landing is a 152-acre campground on the Chehalis River’s banks where you can go boating, hiking, fishing or have a picnic. Rates start at $40 per night with weekly and monthly rates available.

  • Water hookup: Yes

  • Electrical hookup: Yes

  • Sewer hookup: No

  • Wi-Fi: Yes

  • Pet-friendly: Yes

  • Other amenities: 2 boat launches, 2 fishing shacks

Coho Campground

Coho Campground is located on Wynoochee Lake’s shores within Olympia National Forest. You can go swimming, hiking, fishing and hunting at this campground where rates start at $20 per night.

  • Water hookup: No

  • Electrical hookup: No

  • Sewer hookup: No

  • Wi-Fi: No

  • Pet-friendly: Yes

  • Other amenities: Hiking trails

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What to Do at
Lake Sylvia State Park

Inside Lake Sylvia State Park

Paying tribute to its history as a logging camp, the park designers left behind some of the old logging equipment at Lake Sylvia State Park, and it's one of the park's more unique facets. Hiking trails ranging from 0.5- to 5-miles long are available. Anglers regularly pull rainbow trout up to 10-inches long from the stocked lake and some coastal cutthroat trout. The old lumber roads make this park a favorite with mountain bikers who love to jump over roots along the trail’s path. 

Outside Lake Sylvia State Park

With a little over 3,500 people, Montesano, Washington, is the closest town to this state park. You can find lots to do there and in the surrounding area along with places to shop and dine. There are many educational opportunities in this area, so you can see how life in the Pacific Northwest has changed over the years.


Savory Faire Café

Find outstanding hot and cold sandwiches along with warm bowls of flavorful soup at Savory Faire Café. Be sure to try the pastries and baked desserts when dining at this cozy spot.

Type: American

Location: 315 W Pioneer Ave, Montesano, WA 98563

Geppetto’s Italian Restaurant and Sports Bar

Listen to tunes on the computerized jukebox while playing a game of pool at Geppetto’s Italian Restaurant and Sports Bar. Guests have been coming to this restaurant for more than 24 years to dine on pizza, calzones, pasta, and other delicious entrees.

Type: Italian

Location: 126 E Pioneer Ave, Montesano, WA 98563

Fishin Hole Family Restaurant

Find your favorite seafood entrees at Fishin Hole Family Restaurant, which also serves specialty cocktails.

Type: Seafood

Location: 103 Butterfield Ave, Montesano, WA 98563

Organics 101 Market Juice and Smoothie Bar

Select from a wide range of grill and deli sandwiches at Organics 101 Market Juice and Smoothie Bar. Since 2014, this restaurant has specialized in using local organic products whenever possible.

Type: American

Location: 316 S. Main St, Montesano, WA 98563

Gene’s Stop & Go Burgers

Hamburgers, cheeseburgers, grilled cheese, chicken strips, and chicken burgers are all made to order at Gene’s Stop & Go Burgers. You can also get delicious milkshakes here.

Type: American

Location: 414 W Pioneer Ave, Montesano, WA 98563


Dennis Company

If you need to make some repairs to your boat or RV while visiting this area, check out Dennis Company as they are likely to have the supplies you need.

Location: 413 W Pioneer, Ave, Montesano, WA 98563

Montesano Farm & Ranch

Browse the wide selection of outdoor clothing, boots, propane, and kerosene at Montesano Farm & Ranch. You can also find supplies to take care of your dog and other animals at this store.

Location: 412 S Main St, Montesano, WA 98563

Montesano Quick Stop 75

Grab a sandwich, get your fuel, and buy your lottery tickets at Montesano Quick Stop 75. They also sell hunting and fishing licenses.

Location: 406 S Main St, Montesano, WA 98563

Pick-Rite Thrifway

Stock up on supplies for your cookouts at Pick-Rite Thrifway, where you can find vegetables, meats, and more. You may also want to check out their specials before planning your picnics.

Location: 211 S Pioneer Ave, Montesano, WA 98563


Olympic National Forest

Covering parts of four counties, you can find many different things to do in Olympic National Forest, including hiking under moss-covered trees, playing on beaches, and climbing mountain trails. In the winter, you can go cross-country skiing and snowshoeing here.

Location: 1835 Black Lk Blvd SW, Olympia, WA 98512

Quinault Rainforest

Quinault Rainforest is in the valley formed by the Quinault River and Lake Quinault. This valley is home to many giant trees, including five that are over 100-feet tall.

Location: Quinault Rainforest, Washington 98526

Olympic Discovery Trail

Hike, bike, or ride your horse along part of the Olympic Discovery Trail, where you can see pristine lakes, snow-capped mountains, and many other things. This 140-mile trail runs from Port Townsend, Washington, and is open to all types of non-motorized recreational activities.

Driftwood Theater

Watch shows produced by the Driftwood Players at the Driftwood Theater. This community acting guild has been performing since 1959.

Location: 120 E 3rd St, Aberdeen, WA 98520

Running Anvil Carriage Museum

Stop at the Running Anvil Carriage Museum to see antique carriages that have been restored. Most of the carriages were built in or have a tie to the Grays Harbor area.

Location: 445 Black Creek Rd, Montesano, WA 98563

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How to Get to
Lake Sylvia State Park

Lake Sylvia state park is easily accessible from Montesano by getting on West Pioneer Drive going south. Turn right on South 3rd Street. Continue straight to get on Lake Sylvia Road. Follow it until you reach the park. 

Entering Lake Sylvia State Park

This park is open from 8:00 a.m. until dusk year round. The group camp can be reserved from April 1 to September 30.

Lake Sylvia State Park Per passenger vehicle : $10.0

Lake Sylvia State Park was originally the homestead of Michael F. Lurack, who started living at this location in 1868. Lake Sylvia was formed when the dam was built on the river in 1909 to provide electricity for Montesano. The power-generation room was the home of the Wilder family for more than 20 years. Mrs. Wilder was the only female at that time to operate a power plant. In the 1930s, the logging industry moved into the area, and you can still see remnants of their presence today when you visit the park. This quiet park is also a great place to go fishing, biking, picnicking, and more. If you have been to Lake Sylvia State Park, then share your experience on social media. Tag RVshare in your posts. You can also send an email to [email protected] to share your photos.