Stop by Drew's to pick
up a picnic lunch
Toutle is an
unincorporated community located 10 miles east of
Interstate 5 on State Route 504. Stop by Drew's grocery
and check out their fantastic deli. Get your picnic
lunch to go for your trip up the highway to Mount St.
You can also purchase gas,
groceries, and fish and hunting information, along with
your license. Named for the nearby Toutle River, which
runs off the flanks of Mount St. Helens, the community
has strong roots in the logging industry. Only 40 miles
from the mountain, Toutle is the gateway to numerous
and wildlife viewing.
Following the 1980 eruption of
Mount St Helens, wildlife staged a spectacular recovery.
The area now boasts an abundance of elk, deer, and
birds. Be sure to bring your camera and binoculars - you
will be treated to a show of unrivalled beauty as you
view these magnificent animals in their natural
environment. And don’t miss the wildflowers, which are
spectacular in spring and early summer.
Harry Gardner Park
This park is a tribute to the
perseverance and determination of the people of the
area. It was wiped away by the 1980 eruption but,
following a determined local effort, is now one of the
most beautiful attractions in the region. While enjoying
your picnic lunch in this now tranquil setting you can
marvel at how the river has recovered, slicing its way
through the debris. See new trees emerging next to their
fallen predecessors and enjoy the appearance of
Open year-round this park offers
many attractions, including horseback riding, and
wildlife viewing. It has facilities for RV camping and
cabins for rent, or, if you prefer, you can try a yurt.
Just two hours from Portland this friendly facility
makes an ideal base for exploring the region.
Reservations are required.