From Interstate 5- take exit 104, heading west toward Aberdeen and Port Angeles. Highway becomes State Route 8/Olympic Highway. Follow the signs toward WA-107/ Montesano/Raymond. Turn right on Main Street S. Take 3rd left onto Pioneer Ave W. Take 3rd right onto 3rd St S. Continue onto Lake Sylvia Rd N.
Hours and Cost: Open Year Round!
Annual pass: $30
One-day pass: $10
Summer: 8 a.m. to dusk.
Winter: 8 a.m. to dusk.
Tent Spaces- 31
RV Spaces- 4 with water and electricity
1 dump Station, 3 restrooms, and 6 showers
Primitive Sites- 2 for hiker and bicyclers
*Insider tip– Try and stay at the primitive sites on the other side of the lake! They are AWESOME!
Quiet hours: 10pm to 6:30am
With over three miles of freshwater shoreline, Lake Sylvia State Park is an amazing, unique park on the boarder of the Olympic Peninsula. Built on the remnants of an old logging camp, this park is a great place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. This park, located far off a major highway, offers a level of seclusion that is a bit rare in many Washington State Parks. It is also just a few miles from the Satsop nuclear power plant (http://exotichikes.com/the-road-to-the-hoh-part-1/) that was never active. The cooling towers are easily visible from the highway going to Aberdeen.
Lake Sylvia State Park offers fishing, camping, small hikes and even boating on an old lumber mill pond, later transformed into a lake that helped provide electricity to nearby towns. Now, I understand if you are thinking that all this talk of logging is turning you away from here, but this area, this park and this state has an amazing logging history that is interesting and fun. In fact the lake is now home to Nutria, ducks, osprey, geese and even Bald Eagles. A few years back a black bear was even sighted in the campground, but ran off when seen. Lake Sylvia State Park is really a great little eco-system, and if you are lucky enough to stay here during the off season, you will fall in love with it.
Lake Sylvia State Park is the nicest park in Grays Harbor, in my opinion. Close to the National Park, Wynochee Dam (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wynoochee_Dam) , Aberdeen and Hoquiam and Ocean Shores (http://exotichikes.com/an-ex-locals-guide-to-ocean-shores/ ), this is an ideal place to take a relaxing winter weekend, or beat the “heat” and camp out in the woods. As always, this isn’t primitive camping at all, so if you are looking for seclusion, look away from Lake Sylvia. If you are, however, looking for a place to get in touch with nature, this is a great place to start.
– During the fall months, this campground is used as a High School Cross Country Running course.
– The park is located near an area that has had numerous Sasquatch/Big Foot sightings.
– The park offers insights into logging history and carving!
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