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Millersylvania State Park

Reservations through Washington State Parks.
 
Millersylvania State Park is an 842-acre camping park with 3,300 feet of freshwater shoreline on Deep Lake. The park, filled with trails, is abundant in old-growth cedar and fir trees. Millersylvania was constructed almost entirely by hand in 1935 by the Civilian Conservation Corps.

Overall.
We loved this park.  Just a great mixture of fun -- camping, beaches, trails and exploring. 

Campsite.
We stayed in RV spaces: 216 and 217, pull through spots that were nice and big. 
When we first pulled into the campground, we were a bit nervous since we aren’t campers that like a big piece of grass with no privacy.  It looks as if 3 rows of the HOOK UP sites are like that…. but another 3 rows are more privacy, a lot of trees.  Much better.  Note:  we did like being close to the campspots out in the open on the grass since they had more sun and the road was great for the kids riding bikes, scooters, coloring with chalk, etc. 
In many journeys walking through the park, it looked as if there were some amazing Tent spots – nice and big and an abundance of them…. all out in the middle of the woods with great privacy.

Firewood from Boy Scouts.  Worth the money because your money helps out the Boy Scouts.... and they deliver your wood in a cute little wagon!!  You get a milk crate of wood for $5 and the booth is manned by cute boy scouts in their outfits. 

Beaches.
There are a couple nice beaches / recreation areas with their own unique offerings... both beaches are walking distance from each other.   Each of the beaches have life jackets to borrow.
Beach #1.  Has a great swimming area, no lifeguard.  Not much “beach” but great to wade and swim in.  Very populated, nice area.  Lots of picnic tables and BBQ’s to hang out at. Had a nice bathroom area.
Beach #2.  Great beach for wading, but the actual swimming beach is #1 – but only walking distance from #2.  Nice bathroom area attached to the concession stand.  At this beach, there is also a Boat Launch / 100' Fishing Pier along with a large parking lot for festivities.

Kitchen Shelters. 
There are 3 impressive rental structures here, between Beach #1 and Beach #2....all containing picnic tables, bbq's, electricity and grounds surrounding for your family to spread out and play.  Without seeing these structures actually occupied, I would guess that they are semi-private.

Trails. 
Miles and miles of trails here.  We had two bikes, with my husband pulling our 3 year old daughter in a bike trailer.  Most of the trails were great, but definitely not consistent (grade / mud).  Would be nice hard dirt, but then would turninto overgrown grass / mud.   The park system attempted to mark the trails well but at places where you really didn't need them -- and then you'd come to a fork in the road and unsure where to go and couldn't find a trail marker anywhere.  The Park System does provide you a printed map which was very difficult to follow.

Bikes or No Bikes?
Definitely a campground for Bikes -- especially just to get around.  Back and forth to the beach trips come in handy with a bike.  Primarily paved roads throughout the part - and see "trails" section above for the off road description. 

Yes, we are camping.  But we still need the Electronics.
      Cell phone service:  very limited. 
      Air Card:  did not work.

Check In Office.
Very nice office (personnel and offering) - with a cute little gift shop offering some souvenirs and basic essentials.

Vicinity.
Market / Groceries: there is a market for basic essentials about 6 miles away.  If you needed anything more than the basics you have to drive into Tumwater - about 20 miles away)

Other Notes.
- Great place to have a child's wagon for transportation throughout the park, etc. 
- This park is on Deep Lake and offers freshwasher fishing - lake stocked annually with trout, swimming and boating

Millersylvania State Park
12245 Tilley Road South
Olympia, WA 98512
360-753-1519
Information:  360-902-8844
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