Coldwater Lake
Coldwater Lake
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Formerly called Coldwater Creek, this is one of the world's newest lakes.
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Chuck2010
Palmyra, PA2,568 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
Well worth the stop on your Spirit Highway adventure ... the trail around the lake as well as the convenient boardwalk and viewing sections add to the experience. It is a good experience with decent scenery. Since all the visitor centers are closed for indoor experiences, make sure you take advantage of this outdoor opportunity.
Written 22 August 2021
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Jubilee Jer
Springfield, OH2,671 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Couples
We stopped at the lake on the way back from the Johnston Observatory to use the rest room and decided to walk on the trail around the lake. The board walks and deck overlooks has very beautiful Views of the lake. The lake is very peaceful and tranquil. There is also a view of Mt St Helens from the board walk around the lake. We saw several fish jumping out of the lake during our time there. It’s worth your time to stop at the lake while visiting Mt St Helens. It was one of our highlights of our time at Mt St Helens.
Written 26 August 2019
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bwanderer
Everett, WA2,790 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Couples
While the road up to Johnston Ridge Observatory doesn't open until mid-May, this lake and its modest but picturesque trail very well may be. It features a large parking lot and a boardwalk trail that skirts parts of the southern edge of the lake. It's very relaxing, without a lot of elevation gain, and there are viewing platforms along the route.
Written 12 November 2018
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Cherie P
Pahrump, NV3,286 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Couples
This lake provides some stunning views....the perspective I liked was the lake in the fore ground and Mount Saint Helen’s in the background.. This lake was formed after the eruption and Cold Creek became jammed up with debris from the eruption. Enjoy taking some time here!
Written 19 August 2018
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kevin
Longview, WA561 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018
Fathers Day found us on the lake early in the morning, we fished for 3 hours and caught 14 trout all from 10-14 inches. This is a quality lake so barbless hooks and you can only keep one trout over 16 inches. We didnt take home any fish but had a ball!
Written 18 June 2018
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Wayne S
Amboy, WA25 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017 • Family
This is a very interesting area near Mount Saint Helens the volcano. It is inside the national Monument area and accessible normally about 10 months of the year, during the winter snow in row conditions close the area. The trails are very easy to hike paved in fact with bridges were needed their signage to explain some of the history of the area and freshwater available to people who want to refill the bottles of water or water supply.
Plan plenty of time for the drive to get there it is not a quick route plenty of quarters investors you want to stop and enjoy it the entire way. If possible choose a nice bright sunny day when conditions are the best.
Written 3 March 2018
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Brian B
Sunnyvale, CA12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2017 • Couples
My wife and I were at Coldwater Lake which is part of the Mt St Helens National Volcanic Monument. These pictures are on the trail you can hike from the parking lot. It was raining and muddy, so we didn’t get too far. When we go in better weather, an appropriate review will be done. But the devastation that happened over 37 years ago is impossible to comprehend, and being there is amazing!
Written 15 November 2017
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Suzanne M
Canada58 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2017 • Couples
After you are done visiting the Mt. St Helens observatory and Visitor center, on your way back down the mountain, stop in at Coldwater lake. If you went o Mt St Helens first thing in the morning, it will now be about lunchtime and this is a good spot for a picnic if you brought lunch fixings. There is ample parking, picnic tables and restrooms. Head down to the lake along the boardwalk. You can take a short walk up or down the trails, go for a canoe or kayak ride (if you have one), or just sit on one of the lakeside benches to admire the view. If you are feeling energetic, there is a very long trail hike that takes you around the lake.
Written 23 October 2017
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gpnent
Marinette, WI12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Family
Great place for photo's, very quiet and pretty area, Lake is clear and has a trail around it. Great area to take the family for a few hours.
Written 29 June 2017
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NYCRotaryRocket
New York City, NY272 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Family
This is a great lake with clear water, suitable for swimming with young children. The view of this lake is so serene and tranquil with Mt St Helen as the backdrop. It has a well maintained boardwalk and a short trail to the mouth of the lake. We visited on a Monday and no one was there unfortunately we did not get to swim as we were presses for time. I prefer this lake over Trilium Lake.
Written 26 August 2016
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