Meta Lake Interpretive Site

Area Status: Unreachable

This site provides access to the short paved Meta Lake Trail #210 that leads to a clear blue lake teeming with life.  Come and hear stories about plant and animal survivors and new arrivals. During July you may see swarms of squirming tadpoles along the lakeshore on their journey to adulthood.

Interpretive talks are offered daily during the summer. Look for a Forest Interpreter at this site at various times during the day. Program times are posted on the information board.

Please note: This site is inaccessible much of the year due to weather conditions.

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At a Glance

Current Conditions: Forest Road 99 gated just past Wakepish Sno-Park for the winter.
Fees $5/vehicle/day - on-site payment not available
Usage: Light
Best Season: Summer and fall
Busiest Season: Summer
  • Off trail travel prohibited.
  • No pets, stock, or bicycles.
  • Day-use only.
  • No camping or swimming is allowed at Meta Lake.
Closest Towns: Randle, WA
Water: No
Restroom: No
Passes: Recreation Passes may be used as a form of fee payment.
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Mount St Helens National Volcanic Monument Headquarters & Visitor Centers

General Information


From Cougar WA take Lewis River Road east for 2.8 miles. The road then changes to Forest Road 90. Continue on Forest Road 90 for 16 miles and stay to the left on Forest Road 25, pass the Pine Creek Information Center. Drive Forest Road 25 for 25 miles to the junction of Forest Road 99. Turn left onto Forest Road 99 towards Windy Ridge. Drive approximately 9.4 miles to Meta Lake Interpretive Site.

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