SCHAFER STATE PARK
WHAT: This 119-acre park in the Satsop River is open all year. It draws fishermen and families alike and is listed as a state and national historic place. The park is also a good place for swimming and bird watching. The park has 41 sites for tent camping, one ADA site, four walk-in sites, nine utility sites and one primitive site.
WHERE: 12 miles north of Elma.
HISTORY: The Schafer Brothers Logging Co. donated the park to Washington State Parks in 1924 in honor of John and Anna Schafer.
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GETTING THERE: Drive north from Elma on East Satsop Road.
RECREATION: There are two miles of hiking trails in the park. The park has two horseshoe pits and is a good place to view wildlife, such as rabbits. There is no camping allowed in the park during the winter but nearby Lake Sylvia State Park is open for camping.
COST: There is a daily $10 per vehicle fee to use state parks for those who don’t have a $30 annual Discover Pass. Campsites range in price from $12-42.
OF NOTE: Be on the lookout for bears in warmer months. There are two picnic shelters in the park. The buildings are constructed from stones in the area. The park is open for day use from 8 a.m.-dusk. There are two geocaches hidden in Schafer State Park.
INFORMATION: Visit parks.wa.gov.