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Seaquest State Park
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Seaquest State Park Tent Site © Michael Martin
The tent sites can be quite private. They also have some that have partial hookups
Seaquest State Park Hiking Trails © Michael Martin
Abundant Hiking Trails
Seaquest State Park Vistor Center © Michael Martin
Entrance to Visitors Center
Seaquest State Park Yurt Village © Michael Martin
There are five Yurts in the Yurt Village. Its away from the main Campground and has a close by restroom.
Seaquest State Park Mt St Helens Visitor Center © Michael Martin
The Mt St Helens Visitor Center is just across the street from the State Park. It too is run by the Washington State Parks System.
Seaquest State Park RV Sites © Michael Martin
Pull through RV sites. Full hookups.
Seaquest State Park Picnic Shelter © Michael Martin
Day use Picnic Shelter. Plenty of tables and theres also a fireplace.
Seaquest State Park Foot Tunnel © Michael Martin
This tunnel is under the road and connects the visitors center with the Park.
Seaquest State Park Entrance to Park © Michael Martin
Entrance to Park
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Seaquest State Park is a 475-acre, year-round camping park near Mount St. Helen's. 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. The major draw to this park is Mount St. Helens. An outstanding interpretive center details history and geology of the volcano. An ADA-compliant trail opens to a view across Silver Lake of Mount St. Helens. There is excellent wildlife viewing in both wetland and lowland forest habitats.

Park hours/updates:

The park is open year round for camping and day use. Some campsites are closed in the winter.

Summer: 8 a.m. to dusk.Winter: 8 a.m. to dusk.

Camping:Check-in time, 2:30 p.m.Check-out time, 1 p.m.Quiet hours: 10 p.m. to 6:30 a.m.
Nature of the Area
Wildlife Mammals Birds Fish & Sea Life? Bears? Coyotes? Deer or Elk? Foxes? Rabbits? Raccoons? Skunks? Squirrels? Crows or Ravens? Ducks? Eagles? Geese? Grouse? Hawks? Herons? Hummingbirds? Jays? Ospreys? Owls? Woodpeckers? Wrens? Bass? Bluegill? Catfish? Crappie? Perch? Trout

Environmental Features Physical Features Plant Life

The park is on the shores of Silver Lake, which was formed when a previous eruption of Mount St. Helens permanently dammed Silver Creek. Silver Lake is only ten feet deep.

? Cedar? Douglas Fir? Hemlock? Yew? Alder? Apple? Cherry? Maple? Daisy? Foxglove? Lupines? Orchids? Paintbrush? Rhododendron? Rose? Berries? Ferns? Moss or Lichens? Thistle
History of the Area
The property was willed to Washington state upon the death of Alfred L. Seaquest, the owner of the family homestead. Seaquest stipulated in his will that if liquor were ever sold on the property, the land would "revert to the ownership of Willamette University."
A Discover Pass is required for vehicle access to Washington state parks for day use. For more information about the Discover Pass and exemptions, please visit the Discover Pass web page.
Park Store
Available in the park Available in the area? Camping? Pay phone? Fire wood? Auto repair? Boat rental? Camping? Diesel? Fishing/hunting? Gasoline?Gifts?Groceries? Hardware? Hospital? Overnight Accommodations? Pay phone? Postal service? Propane? Recreational equipment? Wood

Most services can be found in Castle Rock, six miles west of the park.
The park has 55 tent spaces, 33 utility spaces, five yurts, one dump station, five restrooms (four ADA) and six showers (four ADA). Maximum site length is 50 feet (may have limited availability). The north, south and mid-camp loops are in forest settings. Reservations are suggested in the summer. To reserve a campsite, call (888) CAMPOUT or (888) 226-7688.

Group Accommodations: The group camp offers a covered shelter for tables, a tent area, a fire pit, two braziers and hose bib. Rates are per person maximum capacity 25. Reservable May 15 through Sept. 15, call (888) CAMPOUT OR (888) 226-7688; the remainder of the year it is first-come, first-served.

Check-in time is 2:30 p.m., and check-out time is 1 p.m.Quiet hours are from 10 p.m. to 6:30 a.m.Engine-driven electric generators may be operated only between the hours of 8 a.m. and 9 p.m.Length of stay: You may stay up to ten consecutive days in any one park during the summer; the stay limit is extended to 20 days between Oct. 1 and March 31.
The closest public-access boat ramp is operated by the Department of Fish and Wildlife. It is located five miles east of Seaquest on Highway 504.
Anglers can enjoy freshwater fishing in the park's 7-acre lake. Species include rainbow trout, largemouth bass and bluegill. There are also opportunities for fly-fishing enthusiasts to catch cutthroat trout in nearby streams.

Seaquest State Park is located near Kelso, Longview

There is one reservable kitchen shelter with electricity and one first-come, first-served shelter without electricity. There are 127 unsheltered picnic tables. To reserve the kitchen shelter, call (888) CAMPOUT or (888) 226-7688.
While exploring the park, be aware that bicycling is limited to campgrounds and paved roads. Off-road biking isn't permitted.

The terrain can vary greatly; caution should always be exercised when cycling in this area due to potential hazards.

Bicyclists are required by law to wear helmets for safety reasons while riding within the confines of the park's boundaries.

There aren't designated bike trails available so cyclists must share roadways with motorists and pedestrians alike - stay alert at all times!

Remember: bicycles are prohibited on hiking trails as they could potentially damage these natural areas or disturb local wildlife habitats.

It's important not only for your own well-being but also out of respect towards other visitors who may prefer a quieter experience without bikes around them.

At night, ensure you have proper lighting equipment if planning any bicycle rides after sunset since visibility will decrease significantly post-dusk.
1. Silver Lake Trail: This 0.6-mile trail is an easy, flat loop around the beautiful Silver Lake with plenty of opportunities for bird watching and wildlife spotting.

2. Mount St Helens Visitor Center Loop: A short but scenic 0.5 mile paved path that offers stunning views of Mt.St.Helens along with interpretive signs about local flora and fauna.

3. Seaquest Nature Trail: An approximately one-mile long nature walk through a lush forested area featuring diverse plant species, small streams, wetlands areas as well as several picnic spots to rest or enjoy lunch in natural surroundings.

4. Birth Of The Lakes Interpretive Trail: It's a half-a-mile self-guided tour explaining how lakes were formed during volcanic eruptions from nearby Mount Saint Helen's eruption history.

5. Campground Trails: These are numerous smaller trails connecting different campgrounds within the park offering hikers quick access to facilities while enjoying their stay at Seaquest State Park.

6. Wetland Boardwalks: There are multiple boardwalk sections throughout the park which allow visitors to explore marshy regions without disturbing delicate ecosystems underneath them; these also provide excellent vantage points for observing waterfowl and other aquatic life forms up close.

7. Mount Solo Hiking Path: For more experienced hikers looking for challenging terrain this steep uphill climb leads you towards panoramic vistas overlooking Columbia River valley below it.

8. SeaQuest Play Area Walking Paths: Ideal family:friendly paths surrounding children play zones where parents can stroll leisurely keeping watch over kids playing on swings or slides etc., simultaneously soaking in serene beauty all around them.
Birdwatching is popular due to the variety of species present. Species include woodpeckers, owls, and waterfowl. The park's diverse habitats attract different bird types year-round. Bird enthusiasts can explore forested areas for songbirds and raptors.

Nature Programs
The Mount St. Helens Visitor Center is located across the road from the park entrance. It was incorporated into the state park system in October 2000. The center focuses on information about the volcano and features a first-rate exhibition hall and a 15-minute film presentation of the 1980 eruption.
Area Attractions
Activities Trails Water Activities Other ? 1 mi. ADA Hiking Trails? 7 mi. Hiking Trails? Bird Watching? 6 Horseshoe pits? 1 Volleyball Field

Mount St. Helens Visitor Center and two children's play areas.

Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
October 31 Pleasant Time by EH-WH
park review stars; one to five We had a relaxing time at this park. During our stay it was quite and peaceful, and we enjoyed the area and environment.
September 4 Close to Volcano, but noisy by Fly-Fisher
park review stars; one to five We stayed on the sites closest to the highway. Campsites were large and private and the bathrooms were clean. The traffic noise was loud all day and went on well into the night and kept some of us awake. The sites farther back had less traffic noise, but also less privacy. No wildlife seen other than a squirrel, crows in the morning and a skunk over night. Swimming not available on site, and lake nearby was too murky with ash sediment to be appealling.
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Located six miles east of Castle Rock, Wash., on Silver Lake.

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.

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