Parks & Venues
Regular park season is from Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day Weekend. For more specifics on each of our locations, please read below.
For interest in individual or group volunteering at one of our parks or properties, please contact Parks & Rec by emailing Parks & Rec or by calling (360) 740-1495.
If you are interested in being a caretaker at Schaefer County Park or Claquato Church, please contact the Parks & Rec office at (360) 740-1495.
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.
- Using fireworks on county property
For a complete list of county park use ordinance click here.
Group Picnic Shelters
The large picnic areas at both Schaefer County Park and South County Park 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. However, we ask that you be respectful of those wanting to use the large picnic areas and have arrived before you and furthermore please be kind and not stay longer than necessary.
Note: The large kitchen area under the covered structure at the park is available for use by all persons utilizing the park.
Lewis County Parks & Recreation Office
Southwest Washington Fairgrounds
1909 South Gold Street
Centralia, WA 98532
About the Parks
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 by the Adna Lions Club, Back Park offers youth league ballfields, a quarter-mile track, covered shelter and picnic areas. It’s open March 15 through October 31.
Address: 146 Dieckman Road, Chehalis (Adna)
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 and is available for small events.
Viewings of the interior of the church are during summer months by request only.
Claquato Church is available for reservations 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.
Address: 125 Water St, Chehalis, WA 98532
Cowlitz River Park
Public access to the Cowlitz River
Address: 105 Alta Drive, Packwood
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
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
The Hopkins Hill View Point 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 and is at user's risk.
Mineral Lake Swim Area - on Mineral Lake (no lifeguard on site)
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 weekends Memorial Day through Labor Day. for picnicking, hiking, playground, covered shelter, exercise trail, volleyball court, horseshoe pits, and group picnic area.
The group use area consists of a 34 Square foot concrete slab west of the kitchen shelter. Eight picnic tables & the large barbecues
Rental includes use of the large picnic tables and barbeques (burn restrictions permitting) and shared use of the covered area and "kitchen."
No wood fires allowed in park. Barbecue briquettes are the only fuel permitted.
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, and group picnic area. Gates and restrooms are open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. Day use only.
Reservation includes use of the large picnic tables and barbeques (burn restrictions permitting) and shared use of the kitchen sink for water access.
Address: 822 WA-507, Centralia, WA 98531
South County Regional Park
South County Park includes 43 acres-Located one-half mile south of Toledo off SR 505.
Boat launch, fishing piers, beach area, group picnic area, 17 acre pond open year round for fishing (as per WDFW rules). Gates and Restrooms are open Memorial Day through Labor Day. Day use only.
Reservation includes use of the large picnic tables and barbeques (burn restrictions permitting) and shared use of the "kitchen" as well.
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.
St. Urban Church is 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 small weddings, memorials, ceremonies, etc.
Insurance may be required
Address: 648 N Military Road, Winlock, WA 98596