Millersylvania State Park, Olympia

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Millersylvania State Park is a publicly owned recreation area located 10 miles south of Olympia, Washington. The state park's include old-growth cedar and fir trees as well as of freshwater shoreline on Deep Lake. The park is managed by the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission.HistoryThe area was homesteaded by Squire Lathum in 1855 and then was sold to John Miller. The Miller family called the area Miller's Glade, before changing it Millersylvania and giving the property to the state in 1921 for perpetual use as a park. In 1935, the Civilian Conservation Corps was active in the park constructing buildings, mostly by hand. Remnants of a narrow-gauge railway, 19th-century skid roads, and other reminders of the logging industry can be found on park grounds, including tree stumps bearing the scars of springboards used by loggers.Activities and amenitiesThe park offers camping on 120 tent spaces and 48 utility spaces, 16mi of hiking and biking trails, boating, fishing and swimming.Deep LakeAccording to the survey done by the State Department of Game in 1947, Deep Lake is 17ft deep at its deepest part. It covers an area of, and has a water volume of 771acre.ft. Deep Lake is located in Section 3, Township 16N, Range 2W, Willamette.The first known name of the lake by white settlers was Deep Lake as noted in a land survey in 1855. However, the lake was referred to as CoKaine Lake in the late 19th century which could have been an early Native American name. For a period of time, the lake went under the name Drake Lake. The name Drake Lake name originated from the Lyman Darrow Drake family that settled on the south side of the lake in 1872. The Drake Lake name was still commonly used up until the late 1920s as was evidenced by several US Geological Survey and Metsker Maps dated up to 1929. The Drake family sold their property in 1908.
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  • Great swimming area Bathroom Pic nic tables Shade Concessions stand No motorized boats Camping rv sites no sewer hook up but dump site  more »
  • Great spot for an SUP since no motors on this lake. Pretty campground with numerous shady, beautifully groomed trails for walking or jogging.  more »
  • The park itself is great. The swimming area is often crowded and loud. It is quite peaceful, though.  more »
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  • It's always a fun place to enjoy with your family and/or friends; very kid friendly. The campsites are always nice and clean. There is lake access through various points throughout the park. There are two swimming areas to enjoy, they are kid friendly. The lake is great to take rafts or kayaks in. There are lots of fish to catch so bring a fishing rod. I have seen a few snakes swimming about near the swampy areas of the lake but they are not venomous. The people I've encountered there are generally friendly and nice. I will definitely be returning.
  • Millersylvania is a nice state park, the site we stayed at was really big and gave the kids lots of roaming around space. The restrooms are kept nice and on the weekends there's usually firewood delivery for a fee. The lake is great to swim in. We've been coming for five summers.
  • My family's favorite place to camp. Campground is well laid out with pull through spaces, tent sites and back in options. Power and water available in RV spaces. Bathrooms are comfortable and clean with coin operated showers. The lake is warm with very clear water. There are 2 snack vendors on location plus boat, paddle boards and tube rentals. Discover Pass accepted here.
  • Popular state park with lots of camping spaces by reservation. Numerouse latrine and shower facilities. Great Sandy beach area that is kid focused. Lots of day use covered facilities for events by reservation. There are miles of trails for walking, running, or biking. There is also a new beer garden facility that is easy to get to and comfortable.
  • The campground is clean and well maintained. The showers are operated with tokens, and we had a mixed experience with them. The bathrooms are cleaned regularly along with the showers. The sites could offer a little more privacy on average, but some sites are certainly more private than others. It's close to the water which has 2 swimming areas and a dock. There are tons of picnic tables at the water, and lots of shade from trees, so you shouldn't have a hard time finding a comfortable space. There are also lots of hiking trails, but I think some of the maps need to be updated. Some of the trails don't go through unless you're willing to balance on logs over shallow water, while others simply aren't on the maps. The area isn't large enough to get lost though.
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