Welcome to Lake Merwin Campers Hideaway, commonly called the Hideaway. And it is just that!
Less than fifty miles north of Portland and about 100 miles south of Seattle, it offers one of the very few private opportunities to get out into the beautiful Pacific Northwest’s forests, wildlife, and lakes. Membership in the Hideaway is desired by many, and the 1500 dedicated campsite memberships give it the financial base to be successful and provide services to each and every campsite.
It is affordable for us regular folks who love the escape that the Hideaway provides while at the same time offering amenities that make it a great place for children, teens, and adults of all ages. Our indoor swimming pool, sauna, and hot tub make those cloudy, damp Northwest days manageable. Putt-putt golf is a great recreation opportunity as are the two tennis courts and the mega-playground equipment for the youngsters.
Because of our location on 13-mile long Lake Merwin, boating and swimming are immensely popular. We maintain a large moorage where members may rent slips. Whether it’s year-round fishing, water skiing, napping on your pontoon boat, picnicking along the many locations shore side, or enjoying swimming and barbecuing at our waterfront swim area, lake recreation cannot be better. Because there is very limited public access to the lake, you enjoy an uncrowded experience when on the water.
Hiking along the miles and miles of roadways (even jogging by some) interrupts the deer and other wildlife, but you are communing with them. There’s nothing quite as wonderful as watching the fawning season in June. And, if so inclined, you can experience non-denominational church services (both at the inside or the outside chapel), and may have the deer looking in through the windows while you sing a hymn while enjoying the beautifu view of Mt. St. Helen’s.
A Board of Directors is elected from among the membership that develops the vision and policies to capture that vision. The Board hires a Camp Manager who then takes these Board decisions and implements these services, guiding an outstanding maintenance, resales, and office team. Committees are chaired by members, and this is where your volunteerism can first be put to use. You’ll love the camaraderie that committee involvement provides. As President, I’m so proud of the Hideaway, its staff and volunteers, and the members who simply come to retreat.