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Grab your fishing buddies or the family and prepare for a boatload of fun in Mount St. Helens!

Plan a kick-bass fishing and camping trip to Mount St. Helens!

Cowlitz County is home to the famous Mount St. Helens. While the active volcano should be reason enough to plan a visit, the region is also home to world-class fishing, camping, and hiking spots (would you expect any less from the Pacific Northwest?).

Grab your fishing buddies or the family and prepare for a boatload of fun in Mount St. Helens!

Get hooked on fishing.

The fish are always biting in Cowlitz County. Southwest Washington is full of streams, rivers, and lakes holding a staggering array of fish stocks. No matter the time of year, there's always a fish biting somewhere. The Cowlitz, Lewis, Toutle, and Kalama rivers are among the most revered steelhead streams in the Northwest. The Columbia offers reliable salmon and sturgeon runs. Try your luck with kokanee at Yale Reservoir, tiger muskies, and Coho at Merwin Reservoir, and rainbow trout at Swift Reservoir. Silver Lake delivers excellent fishing for large-mouth bass and is also a great spot to go after perch, bluegill, and crappie.

Be sure to check out fishing rules and regulations and obtain a fishing license before you go.

Camping: It's s'more fun than ever!

Cowlitz County and Mount St. Helens are a camper's dream getaway, offering a wide variety of venues for outdoor fun. RV-ers will find numerous campgrounds with easy pull-through spaces, reliable shore power, comfortable service facilities, and friendly hosts.

Tent campers and backpackers can choose from hundreds of unique campsites, with access to fishing, hiking, and much more. Mount St. Helens attracts hundreds of guests from around the world each year, along with visitors from every state, so you'll have a chance to meet people from all over the world.

And hey, if you want the fun of camping without the hassle of setting up a tent, there are plenty of local hotels and motels.

Row, row, row your boator kayakor canoe.

Kayak or canoe in the tidal estuaries on the Lower Columbia, taking in the wealth of nature and wildlife on the Great River of the West. Jump waves and wakes with the jet skiers on the lakes, rivers, and reservoirs. Take flight with sailboarders on the Columbia, west of County Line Park.

Southwest Washington offers more than 30 launch sites for anglers, water skiers, jet skiers, and boaters. Public launches are available on the Cowlitz, Kalama, Lewis, and Columbia rivers, as well as at Silver and Kress lakes and Yale and Swift reservoirs.

Whether your favorite activity is tubing, water skiing, sailing, boating, rafting down the Toutle or Cowlitz rivers, or soaking up the sun at one of the county's many swimming spots, Cowlitz County has it all.

Ready to explore a mountain of possibilities? Plan your trip online at or call the Cowlitz County Tourism office at 360-577-3137 for more information.