Washington


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    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.


  • yalelakesunsetmoonrise2018This is one of our camp hosting parks and WOW, what a great camp!  Located just about a half a mile outside of Cougar, WA and within an hour of Mr. Saint Helens, everything about this place is an outstanding representation of the Pacific Northwest.  

    Cougar Camp is a tents-only campground situated on Yale Lake in the Lewis River waterway.  The camp is popular all season which runs from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.  The park is well known among locals which make up a large part of the visitors.  Travelers and hikers on their way to Mount Saint Helens or down to the Vancouver and Portland areas will often stop in for a night or two.  Parks are always better when there is local support and interest in maintaining those spaces.

    While the campground is not large, all of the campsites are spacious and shaded.  If you are one of the fortunate campers and you score a lakefront campsite, you may be on one of the most beautiful campsites in the state.  There are only 35 sites here so reservations are recommended.  While there are no hookups, campers have easy access to potable water through spigots placed throughout the grounds.  There are also new wash stations of sinks and foot pump water faucets.  The showers were hot and spacious.  

    Along with the campground, there is a lovely day use area and a large group campground.  The day use includes use of the lakefront, the boat ramp (smaller craft and kayaks/canoes), a large lawn with picnic tables, bathouse which includes showers, and access to a trail head.  The charge this summer was $3 per car and was one of the best recreational values we've ever seen. This is an amazing place - we feel so fortunate to have spent time at Cougar Camp and in the Vancouver area.  Everything we've seen and experienced along the Lewis River begs for more attention and exploration.  We will be back!

  • sushiWhile camp hosting in Cougar WA this past year, we made several forays down to Vancouver and Portland to get supplies.  It's about an hour drive on the Fearless Bus - we drive 55 like all those folks you love to hate on the interstate - and we loved our trips to town.  We found many shopping places to love along with a few restaurants in which to treat ourselves after a day of errands and laundry.  Makoto Japanese Buffet was probably our favorite and most visited.

    The sushi was plentiful, delicious, well crafted, and varied for almost any taste.  A diner could definitely make a meal just from the sushi part of the buffet - this area included sashimi, japanese salads like seaweed or edamame, and an all you can eat crab legs steamer.  But the delights did not stop with sushi.  The hot buffet and salad bar hold many delights as well.  BBQ ribs, fresh baked salmon, at least three types of shrimp, marinated mushrooms, tempura and oysters are just a few of the delectable items we found.  Top it off with a little somethin' somethin' from the desert freezer - ice cream dishes, dreamsicles, and popsicles join the usual offering of Asian style cakes and cookies.

    If you'd like to choose your ingredients and watch your hot food being prepared Makoto offers their made to roder Hibachi Grill.  Now, we always say we're interested in that option, however, after one or two hungry forays to the buffet, it is difficult to find room and time for the Hibachi.  Next time, we say, next time...

     

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