To maximize enjoyment of our parks, we ask everyone to follow these rules at Tacoma Power Parks.
 
Quiet hours and other things to know
  • Quiet hours are from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.
  • We don't allow amplified music.
  • To hold a site for a buddy, the site must be paid for and occupied with a tent or RV to hold it.
  • We can only rent campsites to people who are at least 18 years old.
  • We don’t allow glass bottles in swimming beach areas.
  • Between May 15 and Sept. 15, park visits are limited to 10 consecutive days. The rest of the year, you may stay a total of 10 days in a 30-day period.

Bulk alcohol not allowed
  • Alcohol in kegs and other bulk containers is not allowed.
  • Store and consume alcoholic beverages only in your site or group camp circle.
  • Alcoholic beverages are not permitted in the day-use areas or on the Taidnapam Park fishing bridge.


Parking

  • Your campsite fee includes only one vehicle. Additional or unattended vehicles, unless towed, cost $10 each per night.
  • You may purchase an unattended vehicle permit to park overnight in the day-use parking area at Mossyrock Park. 
  • Sorry, we don’t allow overnight parking in the day-use and boat launch areas at Alder Lake, Mayfield Lake and Taidnapam parks. However, unattended vehicles may remain overnight at the North Taidnapam boat launch.
  • People with disabilities may operate power-driven mobility devices other than wheelchairs in the parks.
  • Please don’t park or drive on vegetated areas.


About campfires

  • We provide fire pits or fire rings for your safety and don’t allow campfires anywhere else.
  • Using power saws is not allowed in the campgrounds.
  • You’re not allowed to cut or burn live or downed trees. Each park may have additional rules about collecting branches and driftwood.
  • Get the status of any current burn bans on the Parks & Recreation homepage.


Bringing a pet?


Your pets are part of your family, but they can sometimes get in the way of other campers. These pet rules will help avoid some common pet peeves.

  • Keep your pets under control in cages or on physical leashes no longer than 8 feet. (Make sure someone is holding the other end of the leash.)
  • At night, keep them in a tent or enclosed vehicle.
  • Scoop the poop. We provide bags to make it easier for you.
  • Keep pets off the swimming beaches and the Taidnapam Park fishing bridge and out of restrooms and showers.
  • Do not leave your pets unattended.
  • You may not tie pets to trees or shrubs.
  • We will ask that barking dogs be removed from the parks.  
  • Please do not feed the wildlife.
  • Bringing livestock into the parks is not permitted.

Download our Pet Brochure.


Boating

  • Boat launches close at dusk.
  • Docks may not be used for skiing, swimming or diving.
  • Alder Lake Park offers free moorage on a first-come, first-served basis. Moorage is limited to 10 consecutive days, and overnight camping is not permitted on moored boats. 
  • Observe and follow state and local boating regulations. 
  • It is illegal to operate watercraft in excess of 8 mph in Lewis County and 5 mph in Pierce County within 200 feet of any shore, dock, public swimming area or log boom. 
  • Please obey no-wake zones.
  • Check on lake levels, boat launches and swim areas at mytpu.org/lakelevels.

Boat moorage at Alder Lake


  • Alder Lake Park offers free moorage on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Moorage is limited to 10 consecutive days.
  • The park does not allow overnight camping on moored boats or the saving of slips with personal items.

Protect cultural resources


  • Natural and cultural resources are protected on our lands. Please leave all rocks, minerals or artifacts where you find them.
  • Report vandalism by talking with a park supervisor or by calling (253) 502-8824.


Pitching your tent

If a tent is allowed at your site, please set it up within the site's boundaries.


For safety and security

  • The discharge or unlawful display of firearms is not permitted in the parks.
  • Fireworks are not allowed.
  • Please obey all posted speed limits.
  • Please protect your personal belongings. Tacoma Power cannot be held responsible for stolen or damaged items.
  • For safety and security reasons, the operation of radio-controlled aircraft and drones is not allowed in Tacoma Power Parks.

Read our Rules Brochure.