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How long has it been since you have visited Flaming Geyser St. Park ???

Flaming Geyser State Park is a great place to get away from everything stressful. Take a walk along the river, hike, raft, fish or just have a relaxing picnic. So worth the $30 annual Discover Pass!!

I know it's hard to visit a state park when it costs $10.00 a day....so why don't you just save up the $30.00 for an annual Discover Pass...you can get them at Work/Sports here in town.  When you get it, you are paid up for a whole year to visit all three state parks close by...as well as others all over our beautiful state.

I wrote about Deep Lake aka Nolte State Park, in my previous blog...my first.  Place your annual Discover Pass on your dash board and visit the most peaceful place in the off-season months and a busy place to cool off in the summer.  The trail is always a relaxing 1.4 mile walk around the lake any time of year.

But I digress...that happens sometimes when I think of the wonderful places that I have been that are so close to home.  Having grown up here, Deep Lake, Flaming Geyser and Palmer/Kanasket were places we went often before they became state parks.  Flaming Geyser was where my dad and John T fished for steelhead or white fish.  You wouldn't believe all the stories from those two!!  All  of us kids learned how to cast a rod on the Green River.  Later it was my husband and I fishing together, often joined by Bob J....more stories!! 

This 480-acre park on the Green River was privately owned and operated from the 1920's until the 1960's when the state rescued it from bankruptcy.  As my dad told it, the owner offered the property to him and John T for $18,000...a fortune at the time for two guys in their early 20's, in the mid-1950's.

The park is tucked away in a beautiful moderate rainforest that offers much to the public.  It's many trails are there for all to enjoy.  They vary from a wide-mowed trail around fields of daisies, to a gentle walk along the river, to a couple of trails up the hill or upriver to the canyon.  Hiking, rafting, fishing, and even model-airplane flying are activities you may enjoy here.  You may even learn a thing or two from the interpretive signs scattered here and there.  The picnic areas can accommodate large groups or small family gatherings.  There are covered areas, a playground, horse shoe pits, and poles for volleyball or badmitton...bring your own nets, horse shoes, etc.  Some places have convenient handcap access.  You can easily spend an entire day in paradise...sorry, no overnite camping.

They are undergoing some update construction...I'll check it out and report back.  But you are still invited to discover or re-discover the treasures this state park has to offer.  Ok, that's 2 near-by parks...2/3 of your annual Discover Pass cost.  One more, and it's paid for.  Then you can enjoy them over and over for a year!! I call that a good deal!!  Next blog....Palmer/Kanasket State Park :-)

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Susan Etchey February 22, 2013 at 02:51 PM
Mary, thank you for starting this column. The information is very helpful. I have been on mnay nature trails but only discovered Deep Lake last summer. I love nature and walking in the woods. I did wish you could take a photo for us to go with the blog you are so good at it!
Mary Janosik February 22, 2013 at 02:58 PM
I downloaded 10 photos to go with this blog, not sure why they aren't here. Please check back to see this unique gem on the river......Thanks so much for the encouragement, Susan!!
Trudy D'Armond February 22, 2013 at 05:55 PM
It's been MANY years since I visited Flaming Geyser. About 50 years ago they had a beautiful swimming pool with a long slide that I remember going down. They filled the pool in and renovated the whole park. I did see the "Flame" when the park ranger kindly lit it up with a lighter. The flame was about 3 inches high. A little disappointing, but the rest of the park is beautiful. Nolte State Park is closer and I truly enjoy going there as well. Our parks are for the people and should be used and enjoyed.
Mary Janosik February 22, 2013 at 09:11 PM
Hi Trudy, Everyone is disappointed in the "little flame", as the word geyser conjures up a much larger picture. When they first drilled the hole the flame shot up 25 ft. Others remember it being 10 to 15 ft. tall. But in this day of caution, insurance and stupidity on the part of people who wreck it for everyone, they had to cap it...for the safety of all. Good thing that there are other things there to enjoy. Mom and Dad swam in that pool, too! There are rearing ponds instead that sometimes have baby fish in them that are turned out into the river when they are bigger.
Chief Smith February 22, 2013 at 09:51 PM
This park and the river are really well used on hot summer days. Unfortunately, not always used safely. Each year we rescue many people from this river, and each year several folks lose their lives in the Green. Last year (2012) we performed 9 rescues and conducted recovery operations for three persons who lost their lives in the Green. So when at the Park or on the Green, make sure and have some respect for the river, especially when the river is running high. And please, watch children and make sure they are using a PFD (Life Jacket) when on or near the water….BE SAFE OUT THERE!
John Anderson February 22, 2013 at 10:45 PM
Another great posting. In the history research I found an old B&W picture of the flaming geyser flaring high but can't seem to locate it again. This is a fun park.
Doreen Anderson February 23, 2013 at 03:26 AM
Yeah! The 10 pictures are up! Wonderful work as always, Mary. BTW, I clicked on a little ad that appeared somewhere here on Patch and found your beautiful and amazing website. I am passing it along to our daughter who is ready for spring hiking.
Mary Janosik February 23, 2013 at 09:53 PM
Thank you Chief Smith, for your additional warning of the dangers of a river. It's seems at least one person dies in the Green River EVERY year. All it takes is common sense toward safety in or near the water. Nature will always be in charge and should be respected!! I echo this thought to all who enjoy the outdoors.... BE SAFE OUT THERE!!
Mary Janosik February 23, 2013 at 10:27 PM
Thank you so much, dear Lady!! As for the little advertisement, It's a banner in the top right. It's supposed to come up every 4th click. I'm glade someone saw it...I haven't. I keep looking... speaking of... I hope John finds the photo of the Geyser!! Take care, my friends
dexterjibs February 24, 2013 at 01:54 AM
I love Flaming Geyser park. But it has been a while since I have been there. I've been working for the last 10 years.
Mary Janosik February 24, 2013 at 05:55 PM
All work isn't good for you!! Take a walk in the park... :-)
Susan Etchey February 24, 2013 at 11:11 PM
Ha. Ha. I saw your last comment in my email update, Mary, and mistakenly thought you were replying to me! I wondered how you knew that about me, stressed out by problems, you hardly know me! Here I am way down South just working my buns off in Florida trying to improve my financial situation before I return to Enumclaw March 6th. And today I was feeling really really low. Things are not running smoothly at all. So when I saw your advice to take a walk in the park (that I know now was meant for Dexter) I went on a long walk immediately! I took it as a message from the universe. I am actually surrounded by tropical wilderness and Lake Okeechobee and it always uplifts me to walk on the nature trails five minutes from my lodgings. But I haven't been doing that. Well, I needed to get in touch with my higher self. I feel so much better now. Happier. I can walk a half hour every day instead of focusing so much on my life problems til I am going crazy. I know you didn't mean to wake me up and shake me out of my doldrums, but you did! ThankS!
Mary Janosik February 25, 2013 at 07:47 PM
So glad you got away for a walk on a beautiful trail to shake the worries away for a while. I always feel so much better when I get out in nature. She knows what we need...we just have to listen!! Take a photo or two of Lake Okeechobee...they think Enumclaw is hard to spell???

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