Brewery Park at Tumwater Falls
About Brewery Park
The most ambitious project undertaken by OTF was construction in 1962 of a park where the Deschutes River ends its journey from the shoulders of the Cascade range and tumbles a final 82 feet into Capitol Lake, once the final reach of Puget Sound. Here, bordering the banks of the river, is Brewery Park at Tumwater Falls, providing visitors with 15 acres filled with natural, picturesque beauty and year-round atmosphere of enjoyment for all ages.
A wide variety of native trees and shrubs line both sides of the river as it pitches and eddies through a gorge of boulder rapids and deep pools, its course culminating in a mist-filled plunge over Tumwater Falls.
One-half mile of walking trails are highlighted by cascading waterfalls, reflective pools, and massive rocks. Spanning the river at both ends of the gorge and connecting the network of trails are footbridges designed for compatibility with the surroundings and historic accuracy.
At the upper reaches and entrance to the park, visitors find wide expanses of beautifully maintained lawns, picnic facilities, a sand-filled area for children featuring uniquely designed play items, immaculate restrooms, and ample parking.
While some visitors may assume this is a city or state facility, Brewery Park at Tumwater Falls is owned by OTF. It is open to the public at no charge but receives no government support for staffing or maintenance. If you enjoy the use of its picnic area, playground, or walking trails, please consider making a donation to help with the cost of keeping Brewery Park at Tumwater Falls beautiful, safe, and clean.
Brewery Park Hours
Open 8:00 am to 8:00 pm;
Entrance gate closed at 7:30 pm.
Brewery Park at Tumwater Falls History
In the winter of 1962, OTF announced plans to build a new scenic park near the falls of the Deschutes River.
A regional labor strike that spring put the project behind schedule, but the playground and picnic tables were installed by July and the rest of the park was largely completed by fall 1963.
Delighting Visitors for Over Half a Century
Land for the 15-acre park was donated by the Olympia Brewing Company, whose offices, brewhouse, and cellars rose above the east bank of the property. Features of the completed park included paths along both sides of the canyon, two footbridges over the river, and an observation platform below the Lower Falls. Newly constructed “waterfalls,” fed by water pumped from the Deschutes, splashed through ferns and moss-covered rocks on either side of the gorge.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is the park owned by the city or state?
Neither. Brewery Park at Tumwater Falls has always been privately owned by the Olympia Tumwater Foundation, a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, since it opened its gates.
Does it cost money to enter the park?
No, the park is free to the public.
What about weddings in the park?
We no longer take reservations or charge a fee for weddings. All we ask is that your event does not disrupt normal park operations or disturb other patrons. No music, tents, or blocking trails and bridges please.
What time do the restrooms close?
The restrooms close when the park closes each day.
Can I bring my dog to the park?
Dogs are allowed but must be on a leash at all times. We ask you pick up after them, dispose of feces properly, and supervise them at all times. Pet bag stations are provided throughout the park for your convenience. If your pet shows aggressive behavior it must be removed from the park at once.
Can I bring bike to the park?
No bicycle riding is allowed on the pedestrian walking trails. Bicycles are allowed in the parking lots and along the Deschutes Valley Trail.
Is the park ADA accessible?
Yes and no. The park is ADA accessible everywhere but the pedestrian walking trail.
Can I take pictures in the park?
You may take pictures in the park while it is open. Please be considerate of others around you.
Do you have a lost and found?
Yes, please check with the OTF office (located in the park) during business hours if your lost item has been turned in.
Who should I report a problem to?
During business hours report any problems to the OTF office or call (360) 943-2550, Monday through Friday from 8:00 am until dusk. After hours call 911.
Directions to Brewery Park & Contact Information
Park Hours – Spring Schedule
Open every day from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm
(entrance gate closed at 7:30 pm)
110 Deschutes Way SW
Tumwater, WA 98501
Corner of C Street and Deschutes Parkway