Friends of Schafer & Lake Sylvia Parks 

Welcome to our Site

Founded in 2009 to ensure a secure future for Schafer and Lake Sylvia State Parks through fund raising events, donations, bequests, and volunteer services. With the combined effort of the community we hope to secure our parks for future generations to enjoy.

Lake Sylvia

Lake Sylvia State Park was the original homestead of Michael F. Luark homesteaded in the late 1860′s.

In 1871 he built a water-powered sawmill. There’s a dam at the end of the lake that was built around 1909 in order to provide  power and water for the city of Montesano. The powerhouse was dismantled in the early 1930′s and in 1936 the land around Lake Sylvia was dedicated to Washington State Parks.

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Schafer State Park

Schafer State Park is a 119-acre camping park on the Satsop River, located 12 miles north of Elma, WA, and midway between Olympia and Ocean Park.

This park is known for its fishing opportunities, including sea-run cutthroat trout in summer, salmon in the fall and steelhead in late winter. Wading and swimming in the shallow water make it an attractive site for family gatherings.

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What We Do

The Friends of Schafer & Lake Sylvia (FOSLS) was formed in response to a proposed closure of both parks in the Spring of 2009 due to extreme budget pressure facing the Legislature.

Getting Involved

For information about FOSLS events click here. For related events and more opportunities to get involved click here.

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