The lake, which was naturally formed following the 1980 eruption, is already open to the public for non-motorized boating. “Coldwater Lake is an outstanding recreation and education resource,” said Monument Manager, Tom Mulder. “We’re excited about the opportunity to have more groups experiencing and enjoying this unique lake.”
The Forest Service has established a pool of service days available for the period between May 1 and Oct. 31, 2013 for up to five outfitter guides. The pool is 400 weekend service days and 600 weekday service days. A service day is defined by the Forest Service as, “a day or any part of a day on National Forest System lands for which an outfitter or guide provides goods or services, including transportation, to a client.” In other words, if a guide takes nine clients out on the lake on a Friday morning, that counts as nine weekday service days. Each client served is counted as a service day. Outfitter guides can receive a maximum of 200 service days.
The open season for applications runs from 9 a.m. Dec. 10, 2012 through 5 p.m. Jan. 4, 2013. During this time, complete applications including an adequate operating plan and proof of liability insurance will be accepted on a first-come-first-served basis until the pool of available service days is allotted or the maximum number of permits have been awarded. Temporary special use permits are 180 days long and are not renewable.
For information on permit restrictions, how to apply and who to contact with questions, please visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/main/mountsthelens/passes-permits. Applicants should use the operating plan outline provided online to develop their plan.