2019 Fall Foray

It's time for our annual Members Only Fall Foray and Campout!!

The Chanterelles and Lobsters are exceptionally good this year, thanks to a cool summer and early soaking rains!

Information on the Foray

WHAT: Annual Fall Wynoochee Foray, Camping, Education, and Potluck.

WHEN: Friday, Sept 27th thru Sunday, Sept 29th ( SSMC Members Only). New members will be able to sign up at the Foray.

WHERE: COHO Campground at Wynoochee Lake in Olympic National Forest, about 35 miles north of Montesano. Come for just the day on Saturday, or Reserve a camp spot online, or find a spot when you arrive.


Camping? bring a rain canopy if you have one!

New this year: Your annual Federal Interagency (America the Beautiful) Recreation Pass is now good for a discount on camping fees at this campground. No passes are required for access in the Wynoochee Lake area.

Note: There is no cell service in this area.

Schedule of Events: Scheduled events will be held in Campsite #53 which is a walk-in area near the Yurts and the Boat Launch. Look for SSMC Signs.

All Weekend: Education: The local project of the North American Mycoflora Project will be ongoing throughout the weekend. A Mycoflora ID Table will be setup near-#53. Look for SSMC Signs. This is where your interesting mushrooms will be identified and prepared for the South Sound Mycoflora Project.

Friday: 9/27

5:00pm-8:00pm Happy Hour: Bring your favorite drinks and appetizers to enjoy around the camp fire with your fellow campers and friends.

5:30-6:30pm Education: Learn how to clean and prepare your mushrooms. There will be a demo on how to clean and prepare lobster and chanterelle mushrooms for a lovely lobster stew. There will be hot apple cider and hot cocoa available to keep you warm during the presentation.

Saturday: 9/28

9:00am-2:00pm Forays: Meet at Campsite #53. Be ready to leave at 9:30am with a foray group. (Don't forget to bring your required orange vest, whistle, basket, timepiece (watch or phone), pocket knife, water, and a snack). Bring back interesting mushrooms for the Identification table in Campsite #53 for the group to admire. For those wanting to participate in and learn more about the Mycoflora project, there will be a separate Mycoflora foray, so you can learn how to properly collect and process your interesting fungal finds. Don’t expect to find any edibles on the Mycoflora foray.

6:00pm Potluck: Bring your favorite potluck dish to share with the group. Please label your dish with ingredients.

Sunday: 9/29 Forays are on your own today. Get together with new foray friends to find even more mushrooms.

10:00-11:00 Education: (look for SSMC signs) Review the various kinds of mushrooms that were found and discuss the methods used to ID them. Also learn to identify the native plants growing around the campground.

2:00pm Campground Check-out

Directions to COHO Campground:

From Route 12 via Montesano: Turn north on Wynoochee Valley Road, 1 mile west of Montesano. Drive 35 miles on Wynoochee Valley Road and Forest Road 22 to a major intersection. Turn left to stay on FR-22 (follow signs). Drive a short distance and turn right on Forest Road 2294 (follow signs). Drive 1 mile to the campground. The first right is the Wynoochee Dam picnic area where one could park a car during the day and walk from the lawn to our site #53 in the campground. The second right is the campground. Picnic area gate closes in the evening so don’t park there overnight or for the evening activities.

Be prepared for rain, and bring plenty of dry clothes to change into!

If you have any questions about the Wynoochee foray please email Regina Johnson at