Activities and Events

Annual Picnic at Ryderwood: Wednesday July 25th - Sunday July 29th, 2018

Mark your calendars for the 2018 Northwest Country Cousins annual picnic and campout at Ryderwood (see map below). You can plan to camp out in your tent or RV, stay in a local motel (see list below), or visit for a single day (Saturday is the big day). The Ryderwood camp and picnic area is located in Ryderwood Washington. Ryderwood is a dry camping facility at $10 per night. No hookups so you are on your own for water and power. There is a covered kitchen area that can be used. It includes sinks, refrigerator, stove, and maybe even an oven, and lots of tables and chairs.

Schedule of Events:

  • Wednesday, Thursday, Friday arrivals by those who are RV'ing or Camping -- it is first come first served but usually there is enough room for all and even some trees for stringing up your dipole.
  • Friday night is the famous chili hot-dog cookout.
  • Saturday at Noon is the potluck dinner, Please bring a main dish plus a desert or salad so that there will be enough food to go around.
  • Saturday is also the awards ceremony and the raffle for prized mystery gifts.


  • July 25th, 2018 - Meet and Greet! See the ugly mugs you've been talking to on the radio!
  • July 26th, 2018 - Hopefully a sunny day. One word: Food!!!!!!
  • July 27th, 2018 - The Famous Fantastic Fun Filled Friday Chili Dog Feed! Can you eat more than our Sheriff? Give it a try and get pushups as a reward!
  • July 28th, 2018 - The Sensational Seasonal Pot Luck Dinner! More food, fun in the sun, and hopefully a good time had by all.
  • July 39th, 2018 - Drive home day. Have a safe trip, and see you all next year! Get home in one piece!

Map and Directions

From Seattle/Tacoma Area head south on I-5, if from Oregon, head north on I-5, if from anywhere else, get onto I-5 and do the right thing.

  • Take Exit 59 (Vader and Ryderwood Exit)
  • Follow road west through Vader (go slow over the rail-road tracks)
  • Continue until the end of the road. When you can't drive no more, you are there at the park.

List of Suggested Motels At Castle Rock, Washington:

Castle Rock is about 10 miles south of Exit 59 (shown on the map) for Vader/Ryderwood. Motels available at Castle Rock include:

  • Mt. St. Helens, 360-274-7721
  • Motel 7 West, 360-274-7526
  • Timberlane Motel, 360-274-6002