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RobMcClain



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 12, 2017 12:28 pm    Post subject: Lake Merwin Reply with quote

I am interested in learning about Lake Merwin in Southern Washington. It looks like a nice cruising lake. I also see there is a camping area called "Lake Merwin Camper's Hideaway." The website for the Hideaway isn't great but it strikes me as an ownership campground for RV/trailers similar to the Port Susan Camping Club. Anyone know about it?

Rob
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 12, 2017 4:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rob,

I fish Merwin, usually launching at Speelyai (spee lee eye) now that my cousin has sold his place at Camperís Hideaway. There is no overnight parking at Speelyai, but there is public camping at Cresap. I am not sure if that ramp is open anymore, ditto on the dock. A relatively small lake, maybe 8-10 miles long. There are a couple coves to hang on the hook, but itís generally open water. Weekends can be busy, but itís not obscenely so.

Fishing for Kokanee is good, but there are pike minnows. Stocked with tiger muskies to control the trash fish.

I think Swift Reservoir further up the river would be better cruising, but there are lots of trees and other debris coming down river from Mt St Helens.

Yale Res in the middle gets the majority of the go fast crowd because of multiple launch sites.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 12, 2017 4:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Only 4 pictures in my album. Kind of scenic. I didn't fish, just poked around.

http://www.c-brats.com/modules.php?set_albumName=album2468&op=modload&name=gallery&file=index&include=view_album.php

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 13, 2017 6:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

hey there, Steve summed it up pretty good, Merwin is a good place to wet a prop and catch a fish but a bit small for cruising.
Campers Hideaway is an owners RV campground that always has some interesting units for sale. I always thought it would be neat to have place there to use as a permanent address for a retirement basecamp....but as a campground, it doesn't look like it can be considered a home address.

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 13, 2017 8:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

B~C wrote:
hey there, Steve summed it up pretty good, Merwin is a good place to wet a prop and catch a fish but a bit small for cruising.
Campers Hideaway is an owners RV campground that always has some interesting units for sale. I always thought it would be neat to have place there to use as a permanent address for a retirement basecamp....but as a campground, it doesn't look like it can be considered a home address.


Ken, I believe their bylaws limit the amount of time you can stay at the Hideaway. It may be because of how the business is structured. Itís also steeper than a cowís face getting down to the ramp.
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