Pleas remember that we are only about 2 hours from Seattle Wa where you will always find something to do such as the space needle and my favorite the glass gardens. Astoria is only an hour away and Portland is only an hour away from us. Any of these are great day places and then come back to the comfort of our beautiful mountain. Taking in that beautiful sunset's from our terraced park is a great way to end the day.
Longview/North Mount St Helens KOA is at the gateway to visiting the many natural and beautiful sites along Spirit Lake Memorial Highway (SR 504). This paved State Route carries you to countless viewpoints that offer fantastic panoramic scenes for photography and lasting memories. Nature is viewed at its best during your roadway journey to the end of the gradual climb to Johnston Ridge Visitor Center and newly finished Amphitheater. There are four other visitor centers along SR 504, all of these contain different educational information, activities, and are each an enlightening stopping points. http://www.fs.fed.us/gpnf/volcanocams/msh/
Silver Lake Visitor Center is located at 5 miles east of Interstate 5 on Sprit Lake Memorial Highway. The visitor's center, opened in 1987, hosts more than 300,000 visitors a year. “Inside, visitors may enjoy a variety of interpretive displays that set the scene for all the visitor centers at Mount St. Helens. There are comprehensive presentations on the cultural and historical significance of the area, a chronology of events leading up to the volcanic blast on May 18, 1980, local geology, and the re-growth and recovery of the area in the years since the eruption. Displays include several interactive exhibits, life-size manikins, a large, step-in model of the volcano and a working seismograph. Theater programs are offered twice an hour.
Outdoors, visitors can explore Silver Lake via a mile-long trail, including boardwalks over wetlands where a variety of migratory waterfowl may be viewed at different times of the year.” (quoted from website: http://parks.state.wa.us/245/Mount-St-Helens )
From our campgrounds, Silver Lake is about a 10 minute drive. Silver Lake is located next to Spirit Lake Memorial Highway. It has somewhere between 1650 and 2,996 surface acres depending on the amount on water in the lake which varies and 4 miles of shoreline. Average depth is 5 feet.
The lake features largemouth bass. Silver Lake also contains cutthroat & rainbow trout, catfish, and panfish. There are many sites to fish right from the shore. http://www.westernbass.com/lake/silver
Another great fishing spot is: Driving Directions: From I-5 take exit 49, go east on SR 504 7.2 miles, turn right on Kerr Road, go 0.5 miles to access. Public fishing, boat access, and fishing dock. http://wdfw.wa.gov/lands/water_access/30069
“We are very near opening, waiting for final permits to be issued! Seeking adventure? Come to our fifty- acre island where you will be enveloped by the immense trees and serene setting under the shadow of Mount St. Helens. Ride our zip lines, rent a canoe, fish, or just relax in the sun. “ http://www.thetreehouseisland.com/ziplines.html
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