Camping in the Northwest - From a family who thought they'd share notes
Ike Kinswa State Park
Reservations through Washington State Parks.
 
Ike Kinswa State Park is a 454-acre camping park with 46,000 feet of freshwater shoreline on the north side of Mayfield Lake. The campsites are forested and available year-round.
 
Overall.
Still unsure of what to think about this campground.  One word describes it.... "interesting".  The planning of the park is the biggest challenge -- nothing is very cohesive as there are some really nice spots right on the river and large in size, to ones that are back aways and on top of each other offering nothing.  Then, once you think you have seen the park, there is a big long, uphill road leading to a whole other park offering campsites for RV's and tents, along with some nice cabins. 
 
Campsite.
We had a beautiful campsite (#24) -- huge, and just a short 12 second walk to the water bank.  Depending on the time of day, we had some beach, or if not just sat on the bank.   We had a large area at our campsite for some tents, games, etc.  We ended up extending our weekend until Monday checkout because of this fabulous site! 
 
However, we really lucked out as we weren't impressed by the other sites (away from the water, or up the hill).  They were just average, nothing special. 
 
Play Area / Beach / Boating.
For some reason, the nice playground, swimming beach area is a long distance from the campground, across a highway.  We didn't spend much time here - only to check it out, get a few photos and let the kiddo play on the equipment for a short while.  Nice grassy area, picnic areas and beach are available.   Also, we visited in late September so I'm sure this park is very busy in the summer months. 
 
The watercraft launch now has paved parking and two launch lanes. Forty feet of handling dock. This is a busy lake with lots of water-skiing and personal watercraft activity during the warmer months.
Bikes or No Bikes?
Wouldn't bother bringing the bikes.  We didn't use them because the roads through the campgrounds are very narrow, thus tight for pedestrians or bicyclists to share with any vehicles.  We attempted a ride through the park on the first day, however were not impressed with the big long uphill road and were told by the park hosts that the camp playground was across the highway -- and really not a "family" bikeride. 
 
Check In Office.
I believe we visited in September and the check in office was never open the entire weekend we were there.  Upon checkin, it was very confusing as there were a number of signs instructing campers on how to check in, beside a phone and us and another party read through the instructions and were still confused.   Being in marketing, I thought it would be helpful to give my feedback to the Park Ranger when he came by later that day when he scolded us for not checking in, and he became all defensive saying there are no problem with his instructions. 
 
Yes, we are camping.  But we still need the Electronics.
      Cell phone service:  worked great
      Air Card: worked great
 
Vicinity.
Not much to note.  There are some gas stations / convenience stores nearby.  The town of Mossyrock has very limited offerings.
 
Variety of Lodging.
Cabins - total of 5 cabins with an adjacent vault toilet are offered right on the water bank.  They are very nice and look like a wonderful getaway.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ike Kinswa State Park
873 State Highway 122
Silver Creek, WA 98585
360-983-3402
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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