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Nature gives to every time and season some beauties of its own." - Charles Dickens

Coldwater Lake

Parent Category: Attractions
Created: 19 March 2014


Take a look on the pictures and the video below, they will take you on a virtual tour around this beautiful lake.

Coldwater lake 05Nowadays Coldwater Lake is a wonderful and peaceful 750-acre lake, but in 1980 this lake was created because of the eruption of Mount St. Helens. This day changed the mountain and the nearby territories forever.

When the dust finally settled, the peak of Mount St. Helens had lowered about 1,300 feet. The eruption also created two new lakes at the base of the mountain. Castle Lake and Coldwater Lake were created because debris dammed up the flow of Coldwater Creek.

Coldwater Lake is located on the territory of Skamania and Cowlitz Counties in the surrounding of the Coldwater Lake Recreational Area. This is a very famous and popular place with wonderful picnic facilities and scenic hiking trails; one of them is a “Birth of the Lake” trail.

Coldwater lake 10Coldwater Lake is also a popular fishing destination. When the lake was formed, it was stocked with rainbow trout. There is also a population of cutthroat trout. Visitors should also keep in mind that only electric motors are allowed on the lake.
The Coldwater Recreational Area can be visited only during the day, the nearest camping can be found at Seaquest State Park. This 475-acre park offer great possibilities for fishing, boating, swimming and hiking. One mile of Silver Lake’s shoreline is included into the park.

Visitors should also remember that vacation rentals are not provided directly on Coldwater Lake, they can be found in the nearby town of Castle Rock, which is situated in an hour drive from the lake. The town also provides boat rentals, nice restaurants and other services for travelers.

It should also be mentioned that after the eruption of Mount St. Helens, in 1982 the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument was established. The territory of the monument is 110,000 acres with beautiful lakes and peaceful recreational areas.

Coldwater lake 09The Mount St. Helens Visitor Center has wonderful educational exhibitions that tell about the history of the volcano as well as about the creation of Silver Lake. One more a must-go place is Johnston Ridge Observatory, which is situated in the middle of the blast zone and offers great views of the crater.

It should be also mentioned that Mount St. Helens is a popular climbing and hiking destination. The hikes in this area are absolutely gorgeous, they offer breathtaking views of the mountains, meadows and clear lakes.

These pictures were taken on July 19, 2013


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Photo: Roman Khomlyak

Photo Editing: Pavlo Petryshyn

Information: Marina Petrova

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