Parks & Recreation

Tacoma Power Parks are available to you and your family for camping, boating, fishing, water skiing, nature watching and day use. Our four parks are located in western Washington on the shores of lakes formed by our dams, which generate clean, renewable hydroelectric energy.

Volunteer camp host needed at Rocky Point Campground: Do you love the outdoors and providing exceptional customer service? Check out this volunteer camp host opportunity!

Summer jobs don’t have to be boring – we’re hiring seasonal labor workers at our parks and hydro projects; $18-$20 an hour with certain benefits. , check out these options:

  • Reserve individual campsites up to nine months in advance for dates between May 15 and Sept. 15. Starting May 15, sites not reserved in advance are available for one-night “walk-in” stays.
  • Save money on reservation costs by using our online reservation system. Or, you can call 833-290-8180 to book a spot (for a higher fee). Both offer the same real-time campsite availability.
  • Can you float your boat? Get boat launch and day-use area updates on the River Flows/Lake Levels page.
  • Burn ban info as of July 13: Recreational campfires in designated fire pits are allowed at all four Tacoma Power Parks.
  • See the Department of Natural Resources and respective county websites for burn ban details by county. Alder Lake Park is in Pierce County; Mossyrock, Taidnapam and Mayfield Lake parks are in Lewis County.

The parks include:

Alder Lake Park

Reservations: Use our online system or call 833-290-8180
Park office: 360-569-2778

Mayfield Lake Park

Reservations: Use our online system or call 833-290-8180
Park office: 360-985-2364

Mossyrock Park

Reservations: Use our online system or call 833-290-8180
Park office: 360-983-3900

Taidnapam Park

Reservations: Use our online system or call 833-290-8180
Park office: 360-497-7707

Fishing and recreation line for all parks: 888-502-8690

Tacoma Power Parks email: tacomapowerparks@cityoftacoma.org

How to Reserve

To reserve individual campsites, group camps or kitchen shelters at our parks, use our online system or call 833-290-8180. Our reservation system is for Tacoma Power Parks only and is not part of Washington State Parks.

General Parks Information

Recreation

Boater and Cold Water Safety Information

We want visitors to our recreation areas to have a fun – and safe – time. We ask that visitors please observe and follow all boating regulations: Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office Boating Information Portal

For example:

  • Wear your life jacket: All vessels must have one readily accessible life jacket for each person on board.
  • Never boat or swim under the influence.
  • Travel at safe speeds.
  • Look for water level changes, floating debris, rock outcrops, and stumps. (Get lake level info at MyTPU.org/LakeLevels.)

Learn more:

It’s important to remember that warm air temperatures don’t equal warm water temperatures. Even if it’s hot outside, the water is extremely cold. The farther from shore, the colder the water can be as well.

According to NOAA, cold water drains body heat up to 4 times faster than cold air. Cold shock can be just as severe and dangerous from water temperatures of 50-60F as it is from water at 35F. Even experienced swimmers can quickly lose muscle control.

Learn more by watching this story included in the July 9, 2021, edition of the Tacoma Report (from 1:06 – 3:02). 

Read about the steps you can take to help protect yourself and your loved ones from cold water hazards:

Local Tourism Resources and Maps

The following maps are courtesy of the WDFW Cowlitz Wildlife Area (CWA) team:

These trails are managed by the CWA:

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