Seaquest State Park’s yurts offer an alternative to tent camping and RVing.
Where learning meets fun
The museum’s exhibits bring to life the mountain’s geology and history, and park staff offer hourly talks in spring and summer, taking you from its peaceful past to the earth-shattering 1980 explosion and the area’s recent recovery.
The whole family will enjoy the large, step-in model of Mount St. Helens, and kids can earn Junior Ranger badges with self-guided tours. Geology geeks will be mesmerized by the seismograph and the live feed from the mountain. The harrowing tales of last-minute evacuations before the eruption are unforgettable!
And as Riley Woods, age 8, says, "the thing that is most amazing to me is the recovery of nature around the mountain. The combination of the gray landscape mixed with all the colors of spring and summer are my favorite things to stand and look around at."
Friends enjoy views of Mount St. Helens’ blown-out crater from the Johnston Ridge Observatory.
Back at Seaquest, take an evening wander on the Wetland Haven trail across from the park for mountain views (on clear days), riparian vegetation, migratory birds and dramatic reflections on the glassy water. Silver Lake is a soul soother after a day on the windswept slopes of St. Helens. On Sunday mornings at 9:30, park staff offer guided walks from June through September.
Kids looking to burn off that last ounce of steam will gravitate to Seaquest’s playground, with its human-made sand dune. But make sure they save a little “oomph” for the fun, educational Friday evening Junior Ranger programs.
For the angler in the family, a public boat ramp is available 5 miles east of Seaquest with a fishing spot for largemouth bass, rainbow trout, Coho salmon and yellow perch.
Don’t forget to build in some do-nothing time at the park, where secondary old-growth canopy provides a backdrop for classic camping, cookouts and marshmallow roasts. All tucked away in the forest, you are sure to get a good night’s sleep at Seaquest State Park.
The Mount St. Helens Visitor Center across from Seaquest State Park makes an excellent first stop on a trip to the area.
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