Lake Merwin

Don’t miss out on Lake Merwin

What is so special about Lake Merwin? My friends and I all love to take our kids there. Though most of my friends are bringing their families from nearby Woodland, Yacolt and La Center, I relish the occasional trek from downtown Vancouver to clear my head and let my kids run and play in the crystal clear lake.

Lake Merwin is a reservoir on the East Fork of the Lewis River. The lake is cool and clear even on the most scorching of summer days Vancouver seems to be suffering lately, and worth paying a visit in the cool days as well.

Merwin Park, at the west end of the Merwin reservoir, is open year round for swimming, boarding, fishing and general hanging about. The park can accommodate big groups of people, with 250 parking spots and 135 picnic tables. Merwin Park is especially family friendly, with a playground, clean and spacious restrooms, and hiking trails. Speelyai Bay Park at the east end is also open for day use year round. Smaller but equally as beautiful as Merwin Park, Speelyai offers a busy two-lane boat ramp, another 250 parking spots, but only 25 picnic tables.

Cresap Bay campground, east of Speelyai Bay Park, is open the Friday before Memorial Day and closed September 30. So consider making campsite reservations now for the busy time. Reservations can be made up to nine months in advance, and considering the increasing pull of the East Fork, it’s a good idea to be planning ahead. Cresap Bay Campground has a swimming beach, 56 overnight campsites and a group camping facility with 15 sites, a covered shelter and a fireplace. A two-lane boat ramp and 23-slip marina are available to overnight guests.

While you won’t be able to camp at Lake Merwin yet, take a day trip to two to this spectacular portion of the Upper Lewis River during one of our many beautiful spring days.

photo by evans burik

Free Kids’ Fishing at Lake Merwin

Gifford Pinchot National Forest and local partners are hosting three free fishing events for kids and families. The closest event is at Merwin Park from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 4: the Mount St. Helens Kids’ Fishing Derby, where 1,500 rainbow trout are waiting to be reeled in by kids.

Fishing Derby events include fishing, a parade, storytelling inside a 40-foot-long inflatable salmon, face painting, make-your-own volcano, Gyotaku-Japanese fish printing on tee shirts, an aqua-aquarium, and information on water and boater safety. Everything is free, including lunch. Fishing rods and tackle will be available for kids to borrow and volunteers will be on hand to show kids how to fish. Fish cleaning will be provided. No need to register in advance; just show up. Call 360-449-7800 for more information.

There are two more free kids’ fishing events, but you’ll have to drive a little further: the Mt. Adams Fish Education Day at Goose Lake, deep in the forest north of Carson, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 18 (call 509-395-3419 for details), and the Lewis County Kids’ Fishing Derby at Lake Scanewa, east of Chehalis, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 11 (call 360-740-2449 for details).

Kids age 14 and under can fish year-round without a fishing license but teens and adults aged 15 and older must carry a Washington State fishing license while fishing. All state fishing regulations must be followed during these events. Washington freshwater sport fishing rules can be viewed at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/washington.

Above image: a little girl holds up her prize; photo by Noel Johnson

FREE Kids’ Fishing Derby at Lake Merwin

Gifford Pinchot National Forest and local partners are hosting three free fishing events for kids and families. The closest event is at Merwin Park from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 4: the Mount St. Helens Kids’ Fishing Derby, where 1,500 rainbow trout are waiting to be reeled in by kids.

Fishing Derby events include fishing, a parade, storytelling inside a 40-foot-long inflatable salmon, face painting, make-your-own volcano, Gyotaku-Japanese fish printing on tee shirts, an aqua-aquarium, and information on water and boater safety. Everything is free, including lunch. Fishing rods and tackle will be available for kids to borrow and volunteers will be on hand to show kids how to fish. Fish cleaning will be provided. No need to register in advance; just show up. Call 360-449-7800 for more information.

There are two more free kids’ fishing events, but you’ll have to drive a little further: the Mt. Adams Fish Education Day at Goose Lake, deep in the forest north of Carson, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 18 (call 509-395-3419 for details), and the Lewis County Kids’ Fishing Derby at Lake Scanewa, east of Chehalis, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 11 (call 360-740-2449 for details).

Kids age 14 and under can fish year-round without a fishing license but teens and adults aged 15 and older must carry a Washington State fishing license while fishing. All state fishing regulations must be followed during these events. Washington freshwater sport fishing rules can be viewed at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/washington.

 

Free Kids’ Fishing Events

Gifford Pinchot National Forest and local partners are hosting three free fishing events for kids and families. The closest event is at Merwin Park from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 6: the Mount St. Helens Kids’ Fishing Derby, where 1,500 rainbow trout are waiting to be reeled in by kids.

Fishing Derby events include fishing, a parade, storytelling inside a 40-foot-long inflatable salmon, face painting, make-your-own volcano, Gyotaku-Japanese fish printing on tee shirts, an aqua-aquarium, and information on water and boater safety. Everything is free, including lunch. Fishing rods and tackle will be available for kids to borrow and volunteers will be on hand to show kids how to fish. Fish cleaning will be provided. No need to register in advance; just show up. Call 360-449-7800 for more information.

There are two more free kids’ fishing events, but you’ll have to drive a little further: the Mt. Adams Fish Education Day at Goose Lake, deep in the forest north of Carson, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 13 (call 509-395-3419 for details), and the Lewis County Kids’ Fishing Derby at Lake Scanewa, east of Chehalis, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 6 (call 360-740-2449 for details).

Kids age 14 and under can fish year-round without a fishing license but teens and adults aged 15 and older must carry a Washington State fishing license while fishing. All state fishing regulations must be followed during these events. Washington freshwater sport fishing rules can be viewed at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/washington.