Merrill Lake Unit Opens to Public: ‘It’s Like a National Park’

June 27, 2019

A new area near Mount St Helens is opening to the public, thanks to funding from the WWRP! The Columbian describes the many benefits of the new Merrill Lake Unit, including fish and wildlife habitat, gorgeous waterfalls, old growth forest, and opportunities for hiking and hunting.


“From waterfalls to artesian springs, from ancient volcanos to lava flows, and from fish and wildlife habitat to old growth, this patch of land in Southwest Washington seemingly has it all.

And, it is now open to the public.

In this day of diminished public access, the ceremony held last Friday to dedicate the opening of the new Merrill Lake Unit of the Mount St. Helens Wildlife Area was a genuine reason for celebration. It marked the completion of a seven-year project to acquire and protect this unique landscape from developer’s bulldozers.”

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