Two educators purchase Silver Lake Resort near Mount St. Helens


The Silver Lake Resort — a popular destination near Mount St. Helens — is now under the leadership of two educators with Pacific Northwest roots.

In a Monday news release, the resort announced that Ember Crippen and Alan Kahn will oversee the resort roughly a mile from Mount St. Helens Visitor Center. For more than 70 years, the 37-site resort has welcomed RVs, campers and motel and cabin guests.

“I am thrilled to be the new owner of Silver Lake Resort,” Crippen said in a statement. “This campground has a rich history of providing a unique and immersive outdoor experience. My goal is to honor that legacy while introducing exciting new elements that will make Silver Lake Resort a must-visit destination for camping enthusiasts.”

Crippen, born and raised on an orchard in Hood River, Oregon, has worked as a kindergarten teacher for over two decades. Co-owner Kahn, a magician since college, is a middle school science teacher and also presents a combination science-magic shows at libraries, schools and maker fairs.

“Silver Lake Resort always had a following of school and scout groups since we are the closest campground to the Mount St. Helens Visitors Center and the closest motel to the Johnston Ridge Observatory, which is next to the volcano,” Kahn said. “We’re going to increase the ‘Edutainment’ of the Resort by introducing new family science and magic programs.”

In the release, the pair said they plan to make unspecified “enhancements in the coming months.”

“I have plans to invest in upgrading the infrastructure and adding improvements to the facilities, to ensure that Silver Lake Resort remains a top choice for outdoor enthusiasts,” Kahn said.

The resort includes, among other amenities, a dock, store, meeting rooms and open spaces. For more information on the resort, visit