Silver Lake Visitor Center
(360) 274.0962 - Visit Web site - 5 Minutes from Interstate 5

The Silver Lake Visitor Center is a world-class facility located on the western shore of Silver Lake, with its high ceilings and massive windows the outdoors become a part of the architecture. Here your senses will come alive with the interactive exhibits, a step-in model of the volcano and theater programs that are offered twice an hour. Outside, a mile-long trail takes you into marshy plains surrounding Silver Lake where you can see plenty of waterfowl and a picture-perfect view of the mountain.

Make sure to take in one of the comprehensive presentations on the historical and cultural significance of the area, take note of the exhibits showing the chronology of events leading up to the eruption and see the working seismograph.

Located just five miles off Interstate 5 on State Route 504, the Mount St. Helens Silver Lake Visitor Center is an excellent place to begin the eruption experience. This facility is open year round.

Admission Cost

6 & Under Free

7-17 $2.50

18+ $5.00

Family $15.00

(2 adults + children)

Tour Groups $165

(per bus)


May - September 9am - 5pm

October - April 9am - 4pm