Renovations "Make the Grade" at Lake Sylvia
Located north of Montesano, Washington, Lake Sylvia State Park is
a quiet, peaceful retreat surrounded by forest. The Park began as
an old logging camp in a wooded area halfway between Olympia and the
Pacific shore. The lake was formed by damming up Sylvia Creek for
the purpose of log ponding and power production.
|A paved path winding along the edge of the lake.
In 1936, the town of Montesano donated the land to the State parks
Commission for conservation. Additional lands were added to the
park by a trade in 1985.
The 233-acre camping park is located just one mile north of Montesano,
Washington, off Highway 12. The Park offers a variety of recreational
activities including boating, fishing, camping, swimming and hiking.
|A view of the lake path as it crosses the street.
There are two rail-trails located in the park. One of the trails
includes a wooden bridge built just above the elevation of the water.
The boardwalk bridge makes a great locationfor fishing on a sunny
Huge, old growth stumps can be found throughout the park. There
is a giant wooden ball carved from a single log by a local logger.
The legend describes how the logger would stand atop the floating
ball and "walk it" from one end of the lake to the other.
|An accessible shower area in the bath house.
Prior to 1999 the park was mainly inaccessible to persons with disabilities.
In the spring of 1999, the park underwent a massive renovation.
An existing bathhouse was rehabilitated to include
four private bath/shower rooms, and an accessible paved and curbed
walkway leading up to it. The parking lot was striped and signed
for accessible parking.
Patrons are pleased with the large private rooms that allow them
to bring children in for showering after a day spent playing in
the sand and swimming in the nearby lake. Private rooms include
accessible shower hardware, sink, toilet, handrails, lowered hooks
for hanging clothing and towels, and dressing benches.
|(Top) The parking lot
striped and signed for access and the connecting route to the
|(Middle) A bench overlooking
the lake with a clear space for a wheelchair next to it.
|(Bottom) A paved path
across beach to water access.
A paved walkway leads from the parking lot below the bathhouse along
the lake front. This accessible path passes the newly constructed
water fountain, winds around a paved picnic site with accessible barbecue
grills, and leads to a specially built bench with clear ground space
for wheelchair seating next to it.
The paved walkway continues along the lake and ends at the wooden
boardwalk near the dam which is a favorite fishing spot for local
anglers. The lake is stocked annually with trout. Though fishing was
enjoyed from the paved bridge over the lake, there was no place for
persons with disabilities to fish. An accessible fishing pier was
constructed at the edge of the lake for all to utilize. The pier has
safety rails on three sides with a paved and curbed accessible ramp
leading down to it.
Heading in the other direction on the lake, a water access platform
was added on the beach. This enables a wide range of visitors, including
those who use wheelchairs, easy access to the lake. Rails were installed
on three sides of the platform for safety. Where the trail crosses
the road, striping and textured warning buttons were laid down.
|(Left) A fishing platform
at lake's edge.
||(Right) Textured warning
buttons and safety striping where path crosses road.
For further information on the Lake Sylvia Access Improvement