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Kelso / Longview Washington

As the gateway to the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument, visitors flock to view the incredible spectacle of the aftermath of the Mount St. Helens eruption and the rebirth of the area around it. You can create your own outdoor adventure in Longview & Kelso, Washington. Ideally situated between Seattle, Washington and Portland, Oregon, offering year-round opportunities for recreation.

There are five visitor centers along the Spirit Lake Memorial Highway that leads into the blast zone, each with interesting displays explaining the events that occurred before, during and after the May 18th, 1980 eruption.

 

Camp Kalama RV Park

Camp Kalama is a little oasis sitting beside the Interstate. The Camp Ground is nestled along the banks of the Kalama River; which flows into the Columbia River just a short distance away. The Camp Sites are located among the Tall Oaks on large areas of lawn.

http://www.kalama.com/~campkalama/
5055 Meeker Drive
Kalama, Wa 98625
360-673-2456
Brookhollow RV Park

Brookhollow is located in Kelso, Washington, only 1 mile east of Interstate 5, in a quiet area that evokes a feel of the country, while still being in convenient reach of the freeway, shopping, and downtown in the Kelso/Longview area.

http://www.brookhollowrvpark.com
2506 Allen St.
Kelso, Wa 98626
360-577-6474

Fisher Island RV Park
5558 Willow Grove Rd
Longview, Wa 98632
360-425-919
Seaquest State Park

Offers year-round camping near Mount St. Helens. The beautifully forested park claims over a mile of Silver Lake shoreline, a shallow wetland lake. Enjoy one mile of wetland trail and six miles of woodland trails for hiking and bicycling; see spectacular views of wildlife, Silver Lake and the surrounding area. There are also children's play areas and playing fields. Great seasonal fishing, boating and swimming are available nearby.

Website: Seaquest State Park
Located six miles east of Castle Rock, Wa.
on Silver Lake in Cowlitz County.
From I-5 north or south: Take the Castle Rock exit (exit #49), onto Hwy. 504 east. Seaquest is located six miles east of the freeway on Hwy. 504.

Paradise Point State Park

Paradise Point State Park is an 88-acre camping park with 6,180 feet of freshwater shoreline, immediately east of the interstate. Named for its original peacefulness, the park has lost some of its reputation for quiet since the freeway went in. Still, the area possesses great natural beauty, and the noise of I-5 can be avoided by using the woodland campsites. Located six miles south of Woodland, Wash., on the state's southwestern side in Clark County.
Paradise Point State Park
Located six miles south of Woodland, Wa.

From I-5:
Get off at exit #16 and follow signs one mile to park.

Mount St. Helens Visitor Center at Silver Lake

Check out the 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.

Website: Mt. Saint Helens Visitor Center