Schafer State Park Facility Plan

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission invites the public to learn more about development of a facility plan at Schafer State Park. 

Please review the Alternates posted under Documents file called Schafer Public Meeting December 5, 2018


Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission needs your input! Take the survey (link below). We’re updating Schafer State Park and want your help choosing how to enhance 120 acres of undeveloped park land. The following survey takes less than 10 minutes. We appreciate your time and input. Your feedback is important.

Help us design the park. 

A hidden gem of the Washington State Parks and Recreation system Schafer State Park is a 120-acre camping park located in Mason County in southwest Washington on the Satsop River. The park is located midway between Olympia and the Pacific Ocean. It is well-loved for picnicking, wildlife viewing, fishing, boating access, and camping. The existing 42 camp sites are located within the 100-year floodplain of the river and require excessive maintenance due to frequent flooding.

Building off of the foundational work in the Classification and Management Plan (CAMP), we are in the midst of developing a conceptual plan for the park and are seeking public input for the right mix of future park functions and activities. Our plan will need to consider coexisting with the natural processes on site, population growth in the region, existing regional recreation opportunities, input from park users, and State Parks mission and goals. The current project design is limited to within the existing park boundary and is for conceptual design of a new campground to replace the existing camping facilities to a location outside of the floodplain, east of West Schafer Park Road. In tandem with the new campground, a welcome center and comfort station are proposed as well as remodeling the existing office back into its function as a picnic shelter. The river floodplain is proposed to be redesigned to accommodate day-use activities such as fishing trails, river touch points, wildlife viewing and picnicking, in addition to restoration for improved shoreline and riparian habitat.

Plans for future use need to consider the right mix of camping, recreation, restoration, conservation, and education activities.

The primary purpose of this project is to remove the existing campground from its current location adjacent to the Satsop River. Key issues include:

  • Exploration of alternative campground locations
  • Consideration of a new welcome center building and vehicular circulation system
  • Discussion on habitat restoration of the Satsop River bank in the vicinity of the existing campground

Please review the individual designs by J.A. Brennan Associates of Seattle. We are asking the public to provide comments so that your opinions and concerns may be recorded and later posted on our web page. All comments will be considered in the analysis of alternatives as we move forward to determine an appropriate design. 

Next public meeting will be held in winter 2019 to present a preliminary recommendation for public review.

About Schafer State Park

Schafer State Park is located in Mason County. It is located on the Satsop River midway between Olympia and the Pacific Ocean. The park offers water access to the Satsop, day-use activities including hiking and picnicking, and overnight camping. Many of the buildings at the park were constructed in the 1930s by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) using native river rocks and wood.


Please see the latest graphics showing preliminary recommendations for the campground relocation project. This presentation was given in late February 2019.


Contact Information

Michael Hankinson, Parks Planner
SW Region HQ
PO Box 42650
Olympia WA 98504-2650
Phone: (360) 725-9756
Fax: (360) 586-0207