With the Stay At Home order in place, we wanted to inform you about not only what’s nearby, where you can go as we move into Phase 2 in Thurston County and, also what you can look forward to in this area as things start to reopen again.
Outdoor recreation, such as camping is opening back up again (with up to five people from outside your household). Family-friendly and laid back camping, dock fishing and boating is just 8 miles away at Offut Lake Resort.
Just 4 miles away is McIntosh Lake - open Year-Round and offers good opportunity for stocked rainbow trout with additional opportunity for 1 lb jumbos. The lake also supports naturally reproducing populations of yellow perch, largemouth bass, and brown bullhead catfish.
Living near the historic Chehalis Western Trail gives you easy access north or south and links up with the County-owned 14.5-mile Yelm-Tenino Trail. It provides access to over 170-acres of park land including nearly two (2) miles of frontage along the Deschutes River, and features access to the Puget Sound, Chambers Lake, wetlands, forests, farmland, creeks, prairies, and other habitats.
Less than 2 miles away is Gerke Park. This neighborhood park offers a covered area, basketball court, playground, bathrooms, bar-b-ques, large field for parking or play, and easy access from the Yelm-Tenino Trail bike trail.
At the Yelm Farmers Market, you can get fresh fruit and vegetables, flowers, honey, berries, handmade goods and more! All shoppers are required to wear a mask at this time, along with only one person entering per household. The market runs from 10 AM to 3 PM every Saturday at the Yelm Community Center (301 2nd st se Yelm Wa).
There are a couple of places to get takeout right now. Sonja’s Cafe offers a wide variety of burgers, sandwiches, yakisoba, teriyaki, mongolian beef, general Tao’s, fried rice and an extensive breakfast menu that’s served until 11 AM daily. Rainier Pizza and Espresso has got it all going on, from your lattes and drips in the AM to your easy dinners in the evening with their many pizza options! Choose from their many crafted combos or create your own. Get yourself a sweet little pick me up at the Main Street Cookie Company & Bakery. Get scratch made lemon iced butter cookies, snickerdoodles, chocolate chunk, dark chocolate, gingerbread molasses, oatmeal and many more decadent cookies, pastries, rolls and so much more!