Nearby Cities and Towns
The small town of Cougar is located on the Lewis River and 11 miles from Mount St. Helens. Outdoor recreational activities are numerous. Fish for Kokanee, Coho, Steelhead or Rainbow Trout, go boating or swimming on the Lewis River. Explore the popular "Ape Caves" at Mount St. Helens or hike the miles of trails. Winter provides plenty of snow for cross country skiing and snow shoeing.
Cougar RV Park and Campground. 16730 Lewis River Road, Cougar, WA 98616. Phone: 360-238-5224.
Monfort's Bed & Breakfast. 132 Cougar Loop Road, Cougar, WA 98616. Phone: 360-238-5229.
Lewis River passes south of Mount St. Helens forming the North-South boundary between Cowlitz County and Clark County. You will find all the usual water activities from swimming to fishing for Kokanee, Coho, Steelhead and Rainbow Trout to boating and personal watercraft.
Mount St. Helens
This volcano is located in the Cascade Mountains and for decades had been a favorite destination for local outdoor enthusiast. After the eruption in 1980, numerous roads, viewpoints and miles of trails have been replaced or created for you to explore by car, mountain bike or foot. During the summer Forest Interpreters lead a wide range of activities, from short walks to amphitheater presentations. Other popular activities include fishing in a new lake created by the 1980 eruption and exploring the 12,810 foot-long lava tube known as "Ape Cave" located on the south side of the volcano.
National Volcanic Monument Headquarters. 42218 NE Yale Bridge Road, Amboy, WA 98601. Phone: 360-449-7800; TTY: 360-891-5003.
The Cougar Bar & Grill. 16849 Lewis River Road, Cougar, WA 98616. Phone: 360-238-5252.
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