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Posted on: May 9, 2018

18-027 Canoe Families host fourth annual celebration at Millersylvania State Park



Makaela Kroin, (360) 902-8635
Toni Droscher, (360) 902-8604

Event includes free canoe rides, arts and crafts, and a $10 salmon lunch

OLYMPIA – May 9, 2018 – The Washington State Parks Folk and Traditional Arts Program invites the public to the Fourth Annual Canoe Families Celebration at Millersylvania State Park in Olympia.

The celebration runs from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 2, at the boat launch area on Deep Lake, 12245 Tilley Road South, Olympia. (Driving directions.) The event celebrates the hard work and dedication of the members of and volunteers associated with the Chehalis, Nisqually, Puyallup and Skokomish River Road canoe families.  

The celebration will feature free canoe rides along with native singers, drummers and storytellers. Artists from the tribes will demonstrate traditional weaving, cedar work and woodcarving. There will also be children’s activities. A salmon and fry bread lunch will be available for $10. Free hot dogs and s’mores will be offered.

Activities at the cultural event will be presented by Canoe Families from The Chehalis Tribe, the Nisqually Indian Tribe, the Puyallup Tribe of Indians and The Skokomish Tribal Nation. Proceeds from food sales support the canoe families’ participation in the Tribal Canoe Journey—where tribes and nations from the Pacific Northwest travel by canoe to different host communities along the Salish Sea. The 2018 Canoe Journey, Power Paddle to Puyallup 2018,  will be hosted by the Puyallup Tribe of Indians in Tacoma, and will take place July 28 to Aug. 4.

The Discover Pass is not required to attend the event. In recognition of National Trails Day, Saturday, June 2, is a State Parks “free day,” when visitors to state parks are not required to display a Discover Pass.  (More information about the Discover Pass is at 

The event is accessible to persons with disabilities. If special accommodations are required to attend the event, people should call (360) 902-8635, or the Washington Telecommunications Relay Service at (800) 833-6388. Requests must be made in advance.

[Note to media: On June 2, a tribal canoe event also will take place at Deception Pass State Park on Fidalgo Island in Island County. More information about the 13th Annual Salish Sea Native American Cultural Celebration—is in our May 9 news release here:] 

About the Folk and Traditional Arts in the Parks Program

The Canoe Families Celebration is part of a broader series of events celebrating Washington’s diverse cultures presented by the Folk and Traditional Arts Program, with funding provided by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Washington State Parks Foundation.

For more information about the Folks and Traditional Arts Program, with more details about upcoming events, visit: or contact Makaela Kroin, program coordinator, at or (360) 902-8635.


About Washington State Parks

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission manages more than 100 state parks and properties totaling approximately 120,000 acres. The Commission provides a variety of recreation opportunities for citizens and provides stewardship protection for a diverse array of natural, cultural and historic resources. State Parks’ statewide programs include long-distance trails, boating safety and winter recreation.

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