Silver Lake and Spirit Lake are located along the same stretch of highway, known as State Route 504 or Spirit Lake Highway. I originally posted this shot with the title Spirit Lake. This is actually Silver Lake.
Spirit Lake is much closer to Mount Saint Helens and figures prominently in the story of the Mount Saint Helens eruption. As a result of the pyroclastic material deposited by the eruption, the lake bed rose by over 200 feet and remains that way today. The lake is also much smaller in terms of water volume.
The little white blob, and its reflection, toward the left edge of the image, is Mount Saint Helens, minus its once perfect dome. A new dome has begun to emerge with recent volcanic activity, but it will be a long time before the mountain looks as it once did, if it ever does.
An entertaining telling of the events surrounding the eruption can be found in the movie St. Helens, starring, of all people, Art Carney (best known as Ed Norton on The Honeymooners) as Harry R. Truman, an 83-year-old lodge owner who refuses to leave the area and dies there.