Take the time to stop and enjoy the beauty of nature at nearby state recreation areas. Casey State Recreation Site is a day-use area that makes a perfect, relaxing stop off Hwy 62. Have a picnic among the trees. Raft the river or bring along your rod and reel and see if you can snare some salmon, steelhead or trout. Nearby, you can take yourself on a self-guided tour of the Cole M. Rivers Fish Hatchery, which raises rainbow trout, coho, spring and fall Chinook salmon, and summer and winter steelhead. The viewing room will offer you a look at the spawning area, while the observation deck offers a good view into the collection pond and Chinook salmon holding ponds. Check out trout and steelhead in the display ponds. During authorized seasons, anglers can fish at Hatchery Hole for coho and Chinook.
For a longer stay, set up camp at Joseph H. Stewart State Recreation Area. This site overlooks Lost Creek Reservoir and offers ample opportunities to get out on the water. The 10-mile lake is perfect for fishing, waterskiing and boating. Over 11 miles of paved hiking trails and bike paths wind their way through forest thick with large conifer trees, year-round streams and wildlife. The campground offers RV hookups, restrooms and showers, volleyball area, horseshoe pits and many other amenities. Services are offered at the nearby marina and store.