Lacey is graced by more than 500 acres of beautiful parkland and open space, as well as Puget Sound's Tolmie State park at our northern border, and the 3,700-acre Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge forming our Eastern border. With freshwater lakes, three golf courses, miles of paved walking and biking paths and several indoor pools, recreation opportunities are virtually unlimited.
This 3700-acre nature preserve on the shores of Puget Sound and the Nisqually River delta is home to over 300 species of wildlife. Features an interpretive center, picnic area, and 5.5 miles of walking trails. Open sunrise to sunset daily. Located along Lacey's eastern border via Interstate 5, Exit 114. Call 360-753-9467 or browse www.nisqually.fws.gov for more information.
See free-roaming bighorn sheep, deer, Roosevelt elk, woodland caribou, mountain goats, bison and more up close from comfortable trams. View grizzlies, black bears, wolves, bobcats, lynx cougars, owls, eagles, and wetland animals in beautiful natural exhibits along forested trails. Located in Eatonville. Call 360-832-6117 or visit www.nwtrek.org for more information.
Overlooking the Nisqually River Delta and Puget Sound at Luhr Beach, the center provides hands-on environmental education focusing on marine and estuarine ecosystems. The site inclues a public fishing pier, boat launch, and beach access.
Open noon to 4p Wed, Sat, and Sun. Located at Lacey's northeastern border via Meridian Road. Browse www.nisquallyestuary.org for more information.
Recreational and educational opportunities include guided walking tours of the wolf sanctuary, self-guided exploration of the native oak and Mima mound prairie, evening "Howl-ins" with the wolves, photography tours, and a variety of other programs.
Located 12miles south of Lacey via Old Highway 99.
For more information call 360-264-4695,
or visit www.wolfhaven.org.
678 acres of state protected forestland and esturies with over 4 miles of shoreline, providing habitat for harbor seals, river otters, bald eagles, and one of the most significant heron rookeries in the state.
Located just northeast of Lacey via Sleater-Kinney and Woodard Bay Roads, or by bicycle via the Chehalis-Western Trail.
Browse www.dnr.wa.gov/nap/nrcadesc.html for more information.