Effective this Friday (May 15th) at 3pm, Lewis County Parks will be opening early for our community.
This is a “soft opening”, and as weather permits, we will continue to mow and prepare the grounds for community enjoyment. Please follow all public health guidelines and maintain the recommended 6 feet of physical distancing with other park and trail users.
Social distancing guidance signage will be place throughout the grounds. Restrooms may be limited during this early opening.
Parks are open daily from: 8am to dusk.
Learn more about other parks open in Lewis County:
If you are interested in being a caretaker at Schaefer, Rose or South County Park; or at Claquato Church, please contact Matt Patana or Nicole Miller at 360 740-1192.
For interest in individual or group volunteering at one of our parks or properties, please contact Nicole Miller at Lewis County Facilities by emailing Nicole.Miller@lewiscountywa.gov or by calling 360 740-1192.
PARK RULES AND REGULATIONS
All of the following violate county ordinance and are subject to penalty or fines:
- Dumping household waste in county parks or on roadways
- Overnight camping without permit
- Abandoning a vehicle
- Using drugs or drinking alcohol on park property.
For a complete list of county ordinances click here.
Group Picnic Reservations
Reservations can be made any day of the week for Schaefer and South County Park during the park season. Making a reservation guarantees you the use of the large picnic area and barbeques (if burning is not restricted).
Note: The large kitchen area under the covered structure at the parks is not included in reservation.
Rose Park is open for reservations Saturday and Sunday during the park season. Reservations include use of the large picnic tables and barbeque (burn restrictions permitting) and shared use of the covered area and “kitchen” as well.
St. Urban Church located in Winlock and Claquato Church located near Adna, are likewise available for reservation between Memorial Day and Labor Day; out of season dates may be available upon request and conditions. Reservations include use inside and outside of the buildings for weddings, memorials, ceremonies, etc.
Schaefer & South County Park
- Up to 100 people -$50
- 101-150 (Max) -$75
- Up to 50 people -$40
- 51-100 (Max) -$60
- Maximum 55 persons -$50
St. Urban Church
- Maximum 80 persons -$75
Reservations are payable either by cash or check made out to Lewis County Parks
About the Parks
Schaefer County Park
14 acres-Located one mile north of Centralia (on Bucoda highway/State Route 507)- Picnicking, Skookumchuck River access, covered shelter, hiking, volleyball court, playground, fishing, horseshoe pits, group picnic area. Gates and restrooms open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. Day use only.
South County Regional Park
43 acres-Located one-half mile south of Toledo off SR 505 (212 Ray Rd.)-Boat launch, fishing piers, beach area, group picnic area, 17 acre pond open year round for fishing (as per WDFW rules). Gates and Restrooms open Memorial Day through Labor Day. Day use only.
Rose County Park
21 acres-Located 2 miles west of Adna on Penning Rd (off State highway 6)-Picnicking, hiking, playground, covered shelter, exercise trail, volleyball court, horseshoe pits, group picnic area- Open weekends Memorial Day through Labor Day
St. Urban Church
Finished in 1891, St. Urban Church was originally called Our Lady of the Assumption and was founded by the Catholic Church. In 2010, local community members, including descendants of the original founders raised money to restore the church to near original condition. Today, Lewis County Parks Department maintains the property which is available to rent for weddings and similar ceremonies. It is located near Winlock on the corner of Sargent and Military road.
Right off of Highway 6, Claquato Church is one of the oldest standing churches in Washington State. It was originally built in 1858 by members of the then, Claquato community. Today, it is maintained as a historical site by the Lewis County Parks Department and is available for small weddings, picnics, and memorial services. Viewings of the interior of the church are during summer months by request only.