What to do in Kanaskat-Palmer State Park

Kanaskat-Palmer State Park covers 296 acres with 12,900 feet of Green River frontage. The natural forest setting on the banks of the Green River at the upstream end of the Green River gorge makes this a popular put-in for kayakers and rafters seeking whitewater thrills and adventure. This is water for the experienced whitewater enthusiast only and definitely not for the beginner or casual rafter.

The Green River is usually in the top ten steelhead rivers in Washington, adding to its popularity, especially in the winter months.

There are three miles of hiking trails within the park.

Camping facilities include 19 electric only and 31 standard campsites, group camping (eight standard sites, two Adirondack shelters) and four primitive sites.

Also in the park are a group use shelter, 65 picnic sites, four restrooms (two with showers), one kitchen shelter, four picnic shelters, an 85 car parking lot in the day use area and parking for 17 cars in the campground area.

Kanaskat-Palmer is on the Campsite Reservation System. Reservations are accepted both for group day use and group camping areas. The maximum size for group day use is 100 people. The maximum size for group camping is 80 people.

Activities enjoyed in the park include camping, picnicking, rafting, kayaking, fishing (especially for steelhead), nature study and hiking.

The Kanaskat-Palmer State Park is located 11 miles northeast of Enumclaw. Take Farman Road off of State Highway 410 at Enumclaw and go 11 miles northeast to the park.

Washington's climate varies with each region. The Cascades split the state and alter weather patterns. Moisture bearing winds coming from the west give generous amounts of precipitation to the western slopes of the mountains, with wintertime snow above about 3000 feet. This area has an average annual precipitation of 87 inches and an average wintertime snow depth of 87 inches.

Average maximum summer temperatures are in the mid to high 60s with a minimum average in the mid 40s. Because of the elevation and distance from the moderating oceans, winter temperatures are much colder than those in in the Seattle area, with minimum temperatures in the 20s and maximum temperatures in the 30s.

32101 Kanaskat-Cumberland Rd.
Ravensdale, WA 98051

Phone: 360-886-0148

Fax: 360-886-1715

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