Schafer State Park

Schafer State Park is a 119-acre camping park on the Satsop River, midway between Olympia and Ocean Park. A big attraction to park users is the abundant fishing for steelhead, cutthroat trout, and salmon on the Satsop River. Wading and swimming in the shallow water make it an equally attractive site for family gatherings. Buildings are constructed from native stone. Rich in local history, the park is a state and national historic site as designated by the Washington Heritage Register and National Register of Historic Places.
  1. Activities
  2. Camping
  3. History
  4. Maps

Picnic & Day-Use Facilities
Two covered picnic shelters in the day-use area are reservable. Reservations can be made online or by calling 888-CAMPOUT (888-226-7688).

Activities
Trails
  • 2 miles of hiking trails
Water Activities
  • Fishing (freshwater)
  • Swimming
Other Activities & Features
  • Amphitheater
  • Bird watching
  • Fire circles (60)
  • Horseshoe pits (4)
  • Interpretive activities
  • Sheltered fire circles (2)
  • Volleyball field
  • Wildlife viewing
Interpretive Opportunities
Several outdoor exhibits detailing the long history of the park are onsite. Each exhibit contains large maps of the park and descriptions of the activities available in that area, such as fishing, hiking, birding, and camping. One exhibit features photos and descriptions of the pioneer settlement by the Schafers, as well as photos of the many company picnics held in the park. The “Life of the River” exhibit explains flooding, geology, fish habitat, and other features at the park.

Additional Information
  • The Friends of Schafer and Lake Sylvia State Parks play host to a traditional salmon bake in October and an annual yule log event in December. The park also offers summer lectures, musical performances, and other events every year.
  • A recreational license is required for fishing and shellfish harvesting at Washington state parks. For regulations, fishing season information, or to purchase a recreational license, visit the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife website.