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Cresap Bay Recreation Area Campground

Southwest Washington/Mount St. Helens, Washington

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  • Tall trees surround the campground.- Cresap Bay Recreation Area Campground
  • Thick forest among the campsites.- Cresap Bay Recreation Area Campground
  • Typical campsite.- Cresap Bay Recreation Area Campground
  • Tall trees surround the campground.- Cresap Bay Recreation Area Campground
  • Well-organized and maintained roadways throughout the campground.- Cresap Bay Recreation Area Campground
  • The marina is on the west end of the campground.- Cresap Bay Recreation Area Campground
  • Lake outlet of the marina.- Cresap Bay Recreation Area Campground
  • The marina slips are available on a first-come, first-served basis.- Cresap Bay Recreation Area Campground
  • Paved walkways/bikeways throughout the campground.- Cresap Bay Recreation Area Campground
  • Well-maintained restrooms and showers.- Cresap Bay Recreation Area Campground
  • Crosswalks toward the entrance to the campground.- Cresap Bay Recreation Area Campground
  • Double boat ramp in the day use area.- Cresap Bay Recreation Area Campground
  • Substantial parking for boat trailers in the day-use area.- Cresap Bay Recreation Area Campground
  • Restroom facility in the grassy day-use area.- Cresap Bay Recreation Area Campground
  • Buoyed off swimming area.- Cresap Bay Recreation Area Campground
  • Grassy area overlooking Lake Merwin and the boat ramp docks.- Cresap Bay Recreation Area Campground
  • Picnic tables overlooking Lake Merwin.- Cresap Bay Recreation Area Campground
  • Docks on either side of the double boat ramp.- Cresap Bay Recreation Area Campground
  • Docks on either side of the double boat ramp.- Cresap Bay Recreation Area Campground
  • Small swimming area on the west end of the day-use area.- Cresap Bay Recreation Area Campground
  • Map of Cresap Bay Recreation Area.- Cresap Bay Recreation Area Campground
  • Lengthy rule list.- Cresap Bay Recreation Area Campground
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Boat launch. Showers. Lakeside. Marina.
Cons: 
Significant regulations.
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Region:
Southwest Washington/Mount St. Helens, WA
Access: 
Vehicle
Managed by: 
PacifiCorp
Price per night (basic site): 
21.00 $ (17.63 €)
Congestion: 
Frequently full
Pets allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
Maximum trailer length: 
100.00 ft (30.48 m)
Year round: 
No
Open from: 
May 25 to September 30
Parking Pass: 
General Day Use Fee
Preferable Season(s):
Summer
Reservations possible: 
Yes
Total number of sites: 
56
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Campground Description

Campground Description

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Cresap Bay Recreation Area on the eastern shore of Lake Merwin attracts campers seeking a variety of recreation including motor boating, human powered boating, biking, swimming, volleyball, and those just looking to relax in the thick, lush forest setting. 

This is a popular campground, and reservations can book up completely months in advance. A site can be reserved up to 270 days in advance. It is a well-maintained campground owned by PacificCorp, just as all the other campgrounds on the shores of the Lewis River reservoirs. The rules and regulations of these facilities are lengthy and strict. Notable rules include no alcohol, no loud music, and no drones.

Access to the campground is restricted. A gate closes at the front entrance booth at 9 p.m. A tire shredder prevents drivers from attempting to enter via the exit road. It re-opens again at 6 a.m. One vehicle is allowed per campsite. Extra vehicles must pay an additional $5 per day for a parking pass. If parking space within the campsite is limited, there is an additional parking lot adjacent to the day-use area where boat trailer parking is also available. A 23-slip marina is in a small bay west of the campground. The slips are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

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