Silver Cove RV Resort is located in Cowlitz County WA, near the town of Castle Rock. Located an hour north of Portland and two hours south of Seattle it is an easy drive to see our most famous volcano. The park is right off the Spirit Lake Memorial Highway and is a roughly 45 minute drive to the Johnston Ridge Observatory where you can see the devastation at Mt. St. Helens as well as the new life that has emerged since the 1980 eruption. The park is situated on the canals of Silver Lake, a popular fishing lake known for its fantastic bass fishing.
This park is one of the closest RV parks to Mt. St. Helens an easy drive on the Spirit Lake Highway from I-5. Nearby you will find the Castle Rock Visitor Center where you can see stunning views of Mt. St. Helens (well if it’s not cloudy) overlooking Silver Lake. Sequest State Park is nearby as well offering several biking and hiking trails. There are several options for recreating inside the national monument as well. Hiking trails are all over the place taking you to some of the most scenic places in the country. The drive to Johnston Ridge is beautiful with several places to stop and take in the views as well as learn about the volcano. Restaurants can be found along the drive including the famous Patty’s Place (which was completely packed when we drove by) where you can get elk burgers.
Things to see in the area:
- Mt. St. Helens Visitor Center
- Forest Learning Center
- Hoffstadt Bluffs Visitor Center
- Johnston Ridge Observatory
- Coldwater Lake
- Mt. St. Helens Science and Learning Center
This is a fairly large RV park offering full hookups as well as really nice cabins for those who do not have RVs. There are several full-time residents that also live here but they have their own private loop which is separated from the other loops. The sites at this park were fairly wide, a good size you don’t normally get in private parks and mostly level. We were placed in a site that only had 2 other sites next to it which was empty until our last night. It was like we had our own little corner by ourselves. A lot of the sites have water views of the canals that surround the park. If you have a boat you can park it right in the canal close to your site. The amount of canals around the park come with a major problem however, geese. There were dozens of flocks of geese at this park including some cute little baby geese. What comes with geese is geese poo and it is a major problem here. It is the only reason this park is not getting 5 stars because literally every square inch of the park was covered in geese poo. It is a shame really as this is such a beautiful park.
The amenities at this park are ok. There is a small store up at the check in where you can buy items you forgot to bring. There are also pretty nice laundry facilities here. The wi-fi however was pretty terrible, in fact unusable. They did say they were working on upgrading it. Luckily the 3G here was pretty good. We also had a full 5 bars of cell signal. The bathrooms were located way in the back of the camp and while clean there was only one shower. While we always use our shower in the trailer, we know a lot of RV’rs that prefer to use the campground showers. There are two boat launches here if you have a boat. They also have a really nice group shelter and BBQ area if you have a group gathering.
There is not a whole lot for kids to do at this park. There is a nice grassy field with a volleyball net, horseshoes, and a nice playground but it is all unusable because of the geese poop. I am really not kidding when I said it covered every inch of the park, it really does. If you have kids that like fishing there are plenty of places to fish even right from your campsite. There are not really any places to swim either nor would I recommend swimming in the canals as they are marshy and again full of geese. Our boys were bored here and spent the majority of the time in the trailer. There are some weekends they have kids activities as we saw flyers posted about it for the 4th of July week(we left before then).
Pets are welcome here and must be kept on a leash. There are no hiking trails to take them on and walking around the campground was a chore avoiding all the geese poop. It was all over the roads making walking like playing hopscotch. As beautiful as the park was you spent the majority of the time looking at the ground trying to avoid the poop.
This park has amazing potential. We would come here again but hope that management attempts to get the geese population under control because it really ruined what would’ve been a great stay. A few more amenities and no geese would make this a 5 star park. Have you been to Silver Cove RV Resort? Let us know what you think in the comments below.
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