- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.