Lake Sylvia State Park, Montesano

#134 of 244 in Nature in Washington State
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Lake Sylvia State Park is a 233acre state-operated, public recreation area bordering the north edge of Montesano in Grays Harbor County, Washington. The park is located in dense temperate rain forest.
The park offers swimming, hiking, camping, fishing, and non-motored boating. It was built around an old lumber mill pond, which was used for a few years to power the town's first electrical generation plant. The rustic dam that powered the mill and the power plant remains at the western end of the lake and feeds the lower reaches of Sylvia Creek.
The park is home to a mixed flock of mallard ducks and Canadian geese. A family of ospreys, as well as occasional bald eagles, also occupy the lake area. There is also a small group of beavers living along Sylvia Creek, which flows from the lake.
The municipal watershed of Montesano lies above the head of the lake, at the eastern end of Lake Sylvia, and is accessible by foot through the park. The city watershed is managed very similarly to a national forest and serves as a corridor for wildlife to enter and leave the park and the northern parts of the town.
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  • This is a great place for a swim, for fishing, for hiking! There are camp sites for both RV's or tents. This park is well maintained all year long. It's the secret gem!!  more »
  • We got a spot right in the lake. Most are on the other side of the camp ground road. Excellent hiking trails and very quaint lake for fishing, swimming and all your paddle needs. Most spots do not....  more »
  • Beautiful classic Pacific northwest scenery. Only gave four stars cause the play area was relatively small and didn't hold my kids (6,7) attention. Thankfully we were there for the Forest Trail. Fairly easy for us, and anyone who is moderately active. Think the trail head said 2.3 or 2.8 miles.
  • This is a very nice little state park with a large pond for kayaking/paddle boarding. Heavily forested. Tent and small rv dry camping. Playground for kids. It's been there a long time... my 80 year old dad played there as a kid and he has many happy memories from it.

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