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Volcano Country Region
Millersylvania State Park
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12245 Tilley Road S.
Olympia, Washington   98512

Reservations: 888-226-7688
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. This historic park is nestled in broad stands of old-growth cedar and fir trees. Deep Lake, located on the property, attracts boaters, swimmers and fishermen. The state capital is a few miles north of the park.

Park hours/updates:

The park is open year round for camping and day use.

Summer: 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.Winter: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Camping:Check-in time, 2:30 p.m.Check-out time, 1 p.m.Quiet hours: 10 p.m. to 6:30 a.m.

Nature of the Area
Wildlife Mammals Birds Fish & Sea Life ? Chipmunks? Coyotes? Deer or Elk? Marten? Muskrats? Otters? Rabbits? Raccoons? Skunks? Squirrels? Weasels? Crows or Ravens? Doves or Pigeons? Ducks? Eagles? Geese? Grouse? Gulls? Hawks? Herons? Hummingbirds? Jays? Ospreys? Owls? Woodpeckers? Wrens? Bass? Bluegill? Bullhead? Catfish? Perch? Trout

Environmental Features Physical Features Plant Life ? Cedar? Douglas Fir? Hemlock? Spruce? Alder? Apple? Ash? Maple? Foxglove? Lupines? Rhododendron? Berries? Ferns? Moss or Lichens

History of the Area
The park was originally called "Miller's Glade" by the Miller family, who once owned the property. The family later changed the name to "Millersylvania," meaning "wooded glade." The park's 842 acres were homesteaded by Squire Lathum in 1855 before being sold to John Miller. Miller's family gave the property to the state in 1921, stipulating that the land must forever be used as a park.

Millersylvania's buildings were constructed in 1935 almost entirely by hand by the Civilian Conservation Corps. Relics of a narrow-gauge railroad, and several skid roads used in the 1800s by the logging industry, remain on park grounds. Stumps of trees still carry notch scars where springboards supported brawny loggers.
Park Store
Available in the park Available in the area ? Boat rentals? Camping? Pay phone? Fire wood? Auto repair? Airport? Boat rental? Camping? Diesel? Fishing/hunting? Gasoline? Gifts? Groceries? Hardware? Hospital? Marine supplies? Overnight Accommodations? Pay phone? Postal service? Propane? Recreational equipment? White gas? Wood? Swimming

Canoes, paddle boats and kayaks are available for rent at the beach. For boat-rental, firewood and snackbar hours of service, check with the ranger contact station.
Lakeside Cottage:

This charming two-story cottage sits in a lovely and private setting on the shore of Deep Lake, offering great comfort in an idyllic park setting. The main floor of the house has a living room, master bedroom, fully-equipped kitchen and bathroom; the upstairs is an open loft for indoor activities and relaxation, with cozy alcoves for sleeping. Maximum occupancy is six guests. To make reservations call (800) 360-4240.
The camp provides 120 tent spaces, 48 utility spaces, three restrooms (one ADA), eight showers (two ADA) and one dump station.

Maximum site length is 60 feet (may have limited availability). Standard campsites have a restricted total vehicle length of 35 feet. This is due to the park's tight, narrow roadways in the standard campsite section.

To reserve a campsite in summer, call (888) CAMPOUT or (888) 226-7688. In winter (Sept. 16 through May 14), some campsites are available first come, first served, with limited facilities.

Group Accommodations:

Kitchen #4 is in the group camp for tent camping only, which accommodates 20 to 40 people. The kitchen has a wood stove, sink and electrical outlets. A standard restroom is nearby. The kitchen with group camp rent together for fees that vary with size of the group. To reserve, call (888) CAMPOUT or (888) 226-7688.

Check-in time is 2:30 p.m., and check-out time is 1 p.m.Quiet hours are from 10 p.m. to 6:30 a.m.Engine-driven electric generators may be operated only between the hours of 8 a.m. and 9 p.m.Length of stay: You may stay up to ten consecutive days in any one park during the summer; the stay limit is extended to 20 days between Oct. 1 and March 31.
Millersylvania Environmental Learning Center (ELC) is a reservable rental facility for groups of up to 150 people. The ELC includes a dining hall/ kitchen, 19 sleeping cabins, two restrooms/ showers, one amphitheater, one private swim area, eight canoes, two rowboats, three ballfields, plus a volleyball and a horseshoe court. Prices vary depending on size of the group. For information or reservations, call the ELC office at 360-902-8600 or toll free at (800) 360-4240.
The park provides one boat ramp and 100 feet of dock. This is a hand-type boat launch, for small craft only. Deep Lake has a speed limit of 5 mph.

A daily watercraft launching permit and a trailer dumping permit is available at the park.

Millersylvania State Park is located near Centralia, Lacey and Olympia

The park provides four kitchen shelters with electricity, plus 125 unsheltered and 30 sheltered picnic tables.

Kitchen #1 and #3 are reservable shelters containing a wood stove, grill, sink and outlets; kitchen #1 also has a fire place. The structures accommodates up to 250 people. To reserve, call (888) CAMPOUT or (888) 226-7688.

Kitchen shelters #2 has a wood stove, grill, sink and outlets and accommodates up to 50 people. To reserve, call (888) CAMPOUT or (888) 226-7688. See "Group Accommodations" for shelter #4.
Nature Programs
An interpretive display at the flagpole tells the story of the park's construction by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1935. A stone memorial in honor of the Miller family is located near the first bathhouse. Interpretive trail walks are led by a local volunteer naturalist during the summer months. For dates and times, check with park staff at the ranger contact station.
Area Attractions
Trails Water Activities Other ? 8.6 mi. Hiking Trails? 7.6 mi. Bike Trails? Boating (freshwater)? Boating (freshwater, non-motorized)? 1 boat ramp (freshwater)? 100 feet of dock (freshwater)? Fishing (freshwater)? Swimming (freshwater)? 1 Amphitheater? Bird Watching? 3 Fire Circles? 3 Horseshoe pits? Interpretive Activities? Mountain Biking? Wildlife Viewing

For use of the horseshoe pits, please bring your own horseshoes.

There is a fishing dock at the boat-launch area. Fishing is seasonal. Check fishing regulations for opening and closing dates each year.

The park has a one-mile exercise trail.

Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
November 8 History by Susen M Palmer
My Father worked for the state parks . His family Homesteaded land just a few miles from Millersylvania. He built alot of picnic tables and did alot of logging of trees in that area. He was born in 1912 and his family new the Millers.
August 19 Great staff! by Doug in Lacey
My sister and I were impressed with the courtesy, friendliness and professionalism of the concession and boat rental staff. They made us feel welcome, and we had a great time on the paddleboats!
July 8 Outstanding Park by mikeyb12
We, my son and his daughter spent 5 days here. A really wonderful park. Quiet, shady, with swimming and fishing and boating and hiking trails.
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Area Campgrounds
Deep Lake Resort
12405 Tilley Road South
Olympia, WA
Olympia Campground
1441 83rd Avenue SW
Olympia, WA
Nearby Hotels

Located ten miles south of Olympia, Wash., on the state's western side in Thurston County.

From I-5:Take exit #95. Drive east, and follow signs to park (about three miles northeast of the freeway).


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