Millersylvania State Park, Olympia

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#4 of 17 in Parks in Olympia
Millersylvania State Park is a publicly owned recreation area located 10 miles south of Olympia, Washington. The state park's include old-growth cedar and fir trees as well as of freshwater shoreline on Deep Lake. The park is managed by the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission.HistoryThe area was homesteaded by Squire Lathum in 1855 and then was sold to John Miller. The Miller family called the area Miller's Glade, before changing it Millersylvania and giving the property to the state in 1921 for perpetual use as a park. In 1935, the Civilian Conservation Corps was active in the park constructing buildings, mostly by hand. Remnants of a narrow-gauge railway, 19th-century skid roads, and other reminders of the logging industry can be found on park grounds, including tree stumps bearing the scars of springboards used by loggers.Activities and amenitiesThe park offers camping on 120 tent spaces and 48 utility spaces, 16mi of hiking and biking trails, boating, fishing and swimming.Deep LakeAccording to the survey done by the State Department of Game in 1947, Deep Lake is 17ft deep at its deepest part. It covers an area of, and has a water volume of 771acre.ft. Deep Lake is located in Section 3, Township 16N, Range 2W, Willamette.The first known name of the lake by white settlers was Deep Lake as noted in a land survey in 1855. However, the lake was referred to as CoKaine Lake in the late 19th century which could have been an early Native American name. For a period of time, the lake went under the name Drake Lake. The name Drake Lake name originated from the Lyman Darrow Drake family that settled on the south side of the lake in 1872. The Drake Lake name was still commonly used up until the late 1920s as was evidenced by several US Geological Survey and Metsker Maps dated up to 1929. The Drake family sold their property in 1908.
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  • The park is beautiful and set out of the way enough to feel isolated even though it's really close to Olympia and I5. There were plenty of picnic spots overlooking the lake, and the scenery was nice. ...  more »
  • I was looking for a place to get to the water and this is it-trails along the lakeside, picnic tables right there, a dock with seats to look at the view, fish; roped off swimming areas (no lifeguard)....  more »
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  • You feel like your are so secluded from the world yet you are just a few minutes away from Olympia. They have wonderful hot showers by the pampered wilderness area. And pull through RV spots long enough for larger RVs and fifth wheels. Each spot has full amenities for great rates. We love the spots under the trees for shade during the day in those hot summer visits. And there's also a state park day area where the kids can play in the lake. We took our little boat out and had a great time and then made sand castles. They have showers in the bathroom areas right by the lake for convenience. The upside is the shower was free. The down side is the coins don't work at those showers by the lake and only have very cold water barely spitting out. Not great when trying to get sand off the kids. The have boy scouts most of the nights walking around selling large bundles of fireworks for a few dollars. Lots of wildlife around.
  • Fantastic place to take the kids for a swim. Nice beaches and the water is not too deep for the younger ones. Clean facilities and grounds. Lots of areas to set up for the day. The park is just beautiful.

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