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. 

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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.

Frequently Asked Questions About Lake Sylvia State Park

What is the climate of Lake Sylvia State Park?

Lake Sylvia State Park has a mild, rainy climate. The temperature usually tops out in the 70s during the summer and drops to the 30s in winter. It gets around 86 inches of rain, which is twice the national average.

What kind of wildlife can be found in Lake Sylvia State Park?

The lake provides shelter for geese, ducks, and beavers. Herons, ospreys, and bald eagles also inhabit the area. If you venture amongst the trees surrounding the lake, you might spot a deer or even a coyote.

Are there designated RV camping spots in Lake Sylvia State Park?

The campground at Lake Sylvia State Park has 35 campsites that are suitable for either a tent or an RV. Four of the sites have partial hookups. A dump station is available on the grounds.

Are pets allowed at Lake Sylvia State Park?

Your four-legged friends are welcome at Lake Sylvia with a few caveats. You must keep them leashed and under control at all times, and you must clean up any waste they leave behind.

Is Lake Sylvia State Park accessible for disabled visitors?

This state park has a lot to offer disabled visitors. One of the hiking trails meets ADA standards. The campground, restrooms, shower facilities, playground, fishing dock, and boat launch are also accessible to everyone.