NAHCOTTA - Morehead Park, nestled just north of Port of Peninsula in Nahcotta, is not a day-use county park, but rather it provides youth activities for those groups or individuals who reserve the park. The beach to the east of Morehead Park on Willapa Bay is maintained by the Port of Peninsula is open to the public, however.
Morehead is operated and maintained by Pacific County 4-H Club and Pacific County Public Works Dept. has also leant a hand in removing several large trees and some brush that accumulated during last winter's particularly severe wind storm season.
Commissioner Bud Cuffel says, "Years ago the Morehead family set aside the property that makes up the park for youth activities. Pacific County had leased the property to the Methodist Church, but during the last couple of years the 4-H Club has taken over the lease." Cuffel adds, "We want the park to be well-maintained and used for youth activities and we plan to have a meeting in the near future to make sure that goal continues to be met."
Toni Gwin, Pacific County 4-H extension educator, explains, "We just finished having a quilt camp last weekend where adults mentored youth in creating the quilts. In the future we have scheduled the Southwest Grange Youth Camp, a Southwest District Teen Rally, and several team football camps." She adds that several reunions for private families are also scheduled for Morehead.
To use the camp, one must obtain a reservation and fees are charged. To use Morehead Camp one can call Gwin at 642-9300, ext. 3331 or call the camp at 665-6089. Gwin says Sandy Webster is a caretaker on site. She also relates that new kitchen fixtures and tables used for the quilt camp have recently been purchased with money obtained from various grants.
For more information about 4-H go to (www.pacific.wsu.edu) and click on 4-H youth development. Gwin says, "4-H is youth and adult volunteers sharing life experiences and learning leadership skills. This is achieved not through just one activity or event, but through a number of educational activities that relate to total youth development."