• jacoatbottomlesslakesLocated just 14 miles southeast of Roswell, Bottomless Lakes State Park is your place for bottomless fun! Enjoy non-motorized boating in your kayak or canoe, camp, fish, picnic, swim, hike, go birding or even scuba dive!

    The unique lakes at this park are sinkholes, ranging from 17 to 90 feet deep. The greenish-blue color created by aquatic plants is what gives the lakes the illusion of great depth.

    We stayed here once in November for a couple of weeks.  Now, the time of year probably played a big part of the negatives of the park.  You can see Jaco above on his chair which is on a rug.  The goatheads were just crazy abundant here.  All the dogs were having a difficult time dealing with that.  The other issue was a black fly invasion that rivaled Amityville Horror.  Again, the season may have been the biggest culprit but, as one camper pointed out, we were also very close to some industrial cattle farms.  

    The good was really good though!  The historic buildings - particularly the beachfront structure - are beautiful.  Amazing trails lead to gorgeous small lakes for a moderate hike.  For people with assessability issues or who need a shorter hike, there is a lovely new wetlands boardwalk  The proximity to Roswell is a real plus as well.  We were charmed by what we saw in Roswell - really nice folks there as well!  

    We would love to stay at this park at a different time of year - perhaps spring when the beach opens!  

  • beaverbayyalelake

    Beaver Bay is a larger campground on Yale Lake in Cougar, WA on the majestic Lewis River Waterways.  The campground has 63 developed sites, a 15 site group camp, a day use area, and full size boat ramp. 

    Within a half day of Vancouver or Portland, Beaver Bay Campground offers shaded campsites and a cool lake breeze with perfect summer nights.

    We had the pleasure of hosting at this campground for a couple of months this past summer, 2018.  It is one of the larger campgrounds and the boat ramp is full sized and stays open most of the summer, even when water levels are lower.  There are plenty of oversized pull through spots for large Class A or 5th Wheels and truly lovely lakefront spots the length of the campground.  

    Along with boating, fishing, and swimming, the campground is a dedicated wetland area with an accessible boardwalk to take a stroll.  Those looking for a more challenging hike can access old logging roads, river trails, and the big one, Mount Saint Helens.  We highly recommend learning more about those hiking permits through this resource site.