Long Lake Park features one of the finest swimming beaches in Thurston County, as well as sand volleyball and picnic tables. The 285 feet of beach frontage stands in contrast to the ten heavily-wooded acres that provide an evergreen entrance to the park site. The upland area has picnic facilities and pedestrian trails through the woods.
Long Lake is monitored and tested for blue-green algae by the Thurston County Department of Environmental Health. Prior to swimming, please visit the Thurston County Department of Environmental Health website for information and current advisories.
In 1983, ten acres of land were acquired on the shore of Long Lake by reimbursing Thurston County $41,000, the amount of matching funds for a Washington State Interagency Committee for Outdoor Recreation grant. In 1983, the City of Lacey also acquired the first right of refusal on the adjacent Thurston County Fairgrounds property, as well as adjacent private property. Phase 1 of the park was developed later that year at a cost of $45,000, and included grading of the beachfront, small storage building, swim docks and log boom to designate the swimming area. In 1988, Phase 2 construction included paved parking, sand volleyball courts and a building/concession stand at a cost of $83,600. The concession stand burned down a few years later and was never rebuilt.
In 2005, Long Lake Park was redeveloped with a restroom, STEP sewage line, water, power, and paved parking using $260,000 of 2002 voter approved Open Space Bond funds and $35,000 of City of Lacey funds for a total of $295,000.
Long Lake Park is one of the most intensely used parks in the City of Lacey, especially on a hot, sunny, summer day. It is also the site of the annual Polar Bear Plunge held at 1:00 pm on New Year’s Day – rain or shine, sleet or snow!
Please help ensure a positive experience for all park visitors and wildlife by observing Long Lake Park's beachfront rules and general city park regulations.