Parks & Venues

Group Picnic Shelters

The large picnic areas are first come first serve basis and reservations are not required. We know these are great places to enjoy the outdoors while getting together with family and friends. Please be respectful of others who would also like to enjoy the space.

Lewis County Parks & Recreation Office
Southwest Washington Fairgrounds
1909 South Gold Street
Centralia, WA 98532

About the Parks

Back Memorial Park

Back Memorial Park

Located just a couple miles from Rose Park and not far from Highway 6, this park is adjacent to the sports fields of Adna High School on one end and the Willapa Hills Trail on the other.

Maintained in partnership with the Adna Lions Club, Back Memorial Park offers youth league ballfields, a quarter-mile track, playground, covered shelter, and picnic areas. This park is open year-round.

Address: 146 Dieckman Road, Chehalis (Adna)

Claquato Church


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 & Recreation Department. We are currently undergoing restoration work in partnership with the Claquato Cemetery.

Address: 125 Water St, Chehalis, WA 98532

Cowlitz River Park

This park, also known as Packwood Park, provides public access to the Cowlitz River and features a nature trail, interpretive signs, and bathroom amenities. The park is open year-round.

Address: 105 Alta Drive, Packwood

Fairgrounds Park

Fairgrounds park is home to many amenities for the whole family. The historic site was originally developed in 1909. Fairgrounds park offers camping year round as well as many community events throughout the year.

Camping Reservations: Camping at Fairgrounds Park

Events: Events or View our Events Calendar

The Southwest Washington Fairgrounds is the largest indoor/outdoor event facility in the area. The fairgrounds offers over 100,000 square feet of multi-use buildings for every type of public and private event. Major amenities include historic grandstands, 2 outdoor stages, large parking and camping areas. Plus barns and buildings suitable for all types of animal events. Conveniently located off I-5 corridor between Seattle and Portland, Fairgrounds Park is open year-round to serve you.

Hopkins Hill Mt. St. Helens Viewpoint

Hopkins Hill Mt St Helens Viewpoint
Viewpoint at Hopkins Hill of Mt St Helens

The Hopkins Hill Viewpoint is located at the end of Short Road, 1.3 miles off U.S. Hwy 12. From this location there is a view over intervening ridges of the crater of Mt. St. Helens 24 miles to the south. This is a natural area that is undeveloped.

Mineral Lake Swim Area

Situated on the banks of Mineral Lake, this park provides the public a place to the enjoy the water. Please be aware that there is no lifeguard on duty.

No onsite equipment as of this time.

Address: 138 Mineral Road N, Mineral

Rose County Park


Rose County Park includes 21 acres located 2 miles west of Adna on Penning Rd (off State highway 6)

Open spring through late fall, Rose Park provides a place for picnicking, hiking, and large gatherings. The park has a covered shelter, exercise trail, playgrounds, horseshoe pits, and bathroom facilities.

The group use area contains a large, charcoal BBQ.

Address: 263 Penning Road, Chehalis, WA 98532

Schaefer County Park


Schaefer County Park includes 14 acres with picnicking, Skookumchuck River access, covered shelter, hiking, volleyball court, playground, fishing, horseshoe pits, multiple group areas, and full restroom facilities. The park is open year-round and has a park host.

Address: 822 WA-507, Centralia, WA 98531

South County Regional Park


This park's 43 acres include a 17-acre pond, regularly stocked by the WDFW. It also has a boat launch, fishing piers, a beach area, large group picnic areas, a playground, volleyball court, and paved walking trail.

This park is open year-round and has a park host.

Address: 212 Ray Rd, Toledo, WA 98591

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.

Address: 648 N Military Road, Winlock, WA 98596


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.
  • Using fireworks on county property.