IKE KINSWA STATE PARK
What: Ike Kinswa State Park is a 454-acre park with 46,000 feet of shoreline on Mayfield Lake. The park is open all year for camping
When: The park is open 8 a.m.-dusk in the winter and 6:30 a.m.-dusk in the summer.
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Activities: The park has 21/2 miles of hiking trails and 2 miles are open to bikes. The park is also popular for water skiing, swimming and fishing.
Getting there: From U.S. Highway 12 in Mossyrock, turn north on Silver Creek Road and drive 1.9 miles. Continue on Harmony Road to the park.
Of note: There are two boat ramps and 40 feet of dock. There is a $7 fee to use the boat launch. Winter camping rates are now in effect. The rates range from $12 for a primitive campsite to $29 for a full-utility site. Camping check-in time is 2:30 p.m. and check-out time is 1 p.m.
History: The Cowlitz Indians are believed to be the first people to live in this area. Many graves were relocated from the area when the Mayfield Dam filled the canyon with water. The park’s name was changed in 1971 from Mayfield Lake State Park “to honor Ike Kinswa, a Cowlitz Indian who represented his people,” according to the State Parks’ website.
Fee: A $10 per day or $30 per year Discover Pass is required to access all state recreation lands. The fee will be waived Nov. 9-11 in observance of Veteran’s Day.
Craig Hill, craig.hill@ thenewstribune.com