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Posted on: September 4, 2018

Celebrate autumn at Lake Sylvia State Park

Fall Festival offers family fun on Sept. 15

OLYMPIA – Sept. 4, 2018 – The Friends of Schafer and Lake Sylvia (FOSLS), along with Washington State Parks, invites the public to get into an autumn state of mind — early — at the ninth annual Lake Sylvia Fall Festival. 

Autumn officially begins Sept. 22, but the Fall Festival is from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, at Lake Sylvia State Park, 1812 N. Lake Sylvia Road, Montesano. (Driving directions.) 

The festival begins early with a pancake breakfast, starting at 7 a.m., served through 11 a.m. Other Festival activities include:

  • Trail races at 8:30 a.m. (Half marathon, 10K and 5K) 
  • Artists’ market, live music, food vendors and kids nature arts and crafts from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Kids’ biathlon races at 11 a.m.
  • Boy Scout cooking demonstration at 11 a.m.
  • Historic talk at 1 p.m.
  • Kids’ vintage games at 1 p.m.
  • Group kayak paddle and tour of the lake at 2 p.m.

People can register for the races in advance at: A limited number of kayaks will be available for use at no cost on a first-come, first-served basis. 

The Chehalis Basin Watershed Festival will bring Stream Team activities to the park —  fish painting, bracelet making, trivia and displays showcasing the Chehalis River, its fish and other natural resources.

Shuttle service will be available at Simpson Avenue Elementary School, 519 Simpson Ave., NW, Montesano. (Driving directions.) A Discover Pass is required for those who wish to park at the lake. Passes will be on sale at the park. 

For more information about the Lake Sylvia Fall Festival, contact or visit FOSLS on Facebook at 

About Lake Sylvia State Park

Lake Sylvia State Park is a wooded, 252-acre camping park with 15,000 feet of freshwater shoreline. Learn more.  

Media contacts:
Stet Palmer, FOSLS, (360)789-9953
Toni Droscher, State Parks Communications Office, (360) 902-8604 


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. 

News release number: 18-053

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