Our weather forecast wasn’t great….92F here in the Olympia area for today. We decided to take a lunch and go the short distance from our RV park to the Millersylvania State Park. It is located 10 miles South of Olympia, Washington.
Millersylvania is 842 acres in size and has 3,300 feet of freshwater shoreline on Deep Lake. A man named John Miller bought the land from Squire Lathum sometime after 1855. The Miller family gave the land to the state in 1921, stipulating that the land must forever be used as a park.
Today the park is popular for walking on some easy trails through old-growth forests of cedar and fir trees, swimming, boating and fishing on Deep Lake, and for camping. This was our first visit to this wonderful park. There are kitchen shelters in the day use area and most of those were occupied today. Near the swimming beaches was a concession stand and boat rental desk.
This is Deep Lake.
The sign at the entrance said all campsites were taken or reserved. No surprise since this was a nice weekend in August. We walked through one of the campsite loops to see how things looked. Sites 1 thru 132 have no hook-up sites suitable for tents, tent trailers and small RV’s. I took a photo of the W/E RV sites 201 thru 248 but for some reason that pic didn’t come out….blank….nothing on the disc.
One of the tent sites at Millersylvania.
The CG road running by one of the small, no hook-up RV sites.
The sites with W/E hook-ups (the pic that didn’t turn out) were all paved and level. We saw RV’s up to 40 feet in that area. Those sites had very few trees, but at least your satellite dish would work there.
We took a walk on one of the trails that was quite shady and cool. It was beautiful and although the campground was full, we saw very few people on the trail.
Very tall trees keep the trail shaded enough to enjoy a walk.
After our walk through the trees we went toward the day use area to eat the lunch I’d packed for us. We always travel with our folding chairs and table in the back of the Explorer so we can set up for a picnic anyplace we want it to be. I think Bruce looks like he’s wearing one of those glasses and nose disguises…..but he isn’t. hehe
We saw some men fishing from a short dock on Deep Lake. Don’t know if they caught anything. The water looked nice and clean and there were a few people swimming.
Dogs on leash are allowed on the walking trails. Due to the heat today, we kept Annie at home. She doesn’t like to be out in the heat and we weren’t going to make her go for a long walk. These days she seems happier to stay in her RV home. The price for a W/E site is $27.00 and the price for a general, no hook-up site is $21.00. There is a 10-day limit from April 1 through September 30, 20-day limit the rest of the year.
Millersylvania State Park is located East of I-5 at exit 95. It is open year-round. It’s a great place to spend the night or spend the day.
Until next time……so long for now!
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