Planned Timber Lodges, Amphitheater at Coldwater Lake Could Revive Mount St. Helens Tourism, Local Leaders Say

Posted Monday, August 8, 2022 4:39 pm By Sydney Brown  / The Daily News Efforts to revitalize Mount St. Helens has more support now that a nonprofit outdoor group got a federal permit to help develop outdoor camping, learning and stargazing opportunities at a visitor’s center overlooking Coldwater Lake. Dennis Weber said he remembered the summers up in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest before the 1980 volcanic eruption that reshaped the landscape around Mount St. Helens. Silver and Coldwater lakes offered places to fish, swim and hike that was plentiful and enjoyed by Weber, now a Cowlitz County commissioner, and his family.