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Volunteer hosts needed for Cold Creek and Merrill Lake campgrounds 
 


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
                                                                                                         
May 16, 2014

Volunteer hosts needed for Cold Creek and Merrill Lake campgrounds
DNR seeks reliable volunteers for live-in campground hosts

CASTLE ROCK – The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is recruiting reliable and committed volunteers who would like to serve as unpaid campground hosts at DNR-managed recreation areas. Camp hosts provide a positive, helpful, safe, and informative DNR presence for visitors.

Hosts have two primary duties: to conduct general campground maintenance and to act as the primary point of contact for campers. All hosts must pass a Washington State Patrol criminal background check.

While each DNR campground has unique characteristics and natural features, the sites are all considered rustic or primitive. Site amenities vary. Volunteers must be willing to stay a minimum of one month, although year-long opportunities are available.

If you are interested in volunteering for DNR as a campground host, please visit our website at http://bit.ly/DNRcamphost.

Interested parties may also contact the DNR Pacific Cascade Region at 360-577-2025 or pacific-cascade.region@dnr.wa.gov.

About the campgrounds
Below are the DNR recreation areas that have opportunities for campground hosts:

Cold Creek Campground
This campground is located ten miles east of Battle Ground in the Yacolt Burn State Forest. It is open to the public year-round and is a favorite for family tent camping, equestrian use, mountain biking, and hiking. Cold Creek has six campsites, three picnic sites, a day-use area, and links to over 35 miles of non-motorized trails.

The host site includes a concrete pad that can accommodate a 24-foot RV. This site has access to a septic and power hookup.  

Merrill Lake Campground
This campground is located north of Cougar in southwest Washington. It is open to the public May through September. The campground includes eleven tent campsites, two picnic areas, and a primitive boat launch that accesses Merrill Lake. This site is a popular outdoor recreation destination.

The host site includes a concrete pad that can accommodate a 24-foot RV. It has access to a septic hookup. This site has no power, phone, or water hookup.

In the event that DNR cannot find a suitable campground host for either of these campgrounds, the site may be closed to the public at any time.

Recreation on DNR-managed lands
DNR seeks to provide outdoor recreation opportunities to the public throughout Washington State. Recreation on DNR-managed lands includes activities such as hiking, hunting, fishing, horseback riding, camping, off-road vehicle (ORV) riding, mountain biking, and boating.

The agency provides trails and campgrounds in a primitive, natural setting. Most recreation on these lands takes place in the 2.2 million acres of forests that DNR manages as state trust lands. DNR manages approximately 1,100 miles of trails and 143 recreation sites on a wide variety of landscapes across the state.

Media Contact: Jessica Payne, Recreation Communications & Outreach Coordinator, 360-902-1066, jessica.payne@dnr.wa.gov

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