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Coopers Return to Run Streeter's Resort Again

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May 6, 2013 by   - () Leave a Comment

After a seven-year hiatus, the Cooper family is once again running Streeter’s Resort near Longview, Wash.

The family reacquired the property at 120 Lake Drive in January and reopened it last month in time for the tourist season. The resort has 30 sites for tents and RVs on the shores of Silver Lake, cabins, a boat launch and new bathrooms, the Longview Daily News reported.

Family members said the close-knit community has welcomed them back with open arms.

“It’s kind of neat, especially when people hug you and tell you they’re glad you’re back,” said DeAnn Leatherwood, whose parents, Harvey and Lois Cooper, were the previous owners.

Leatherwood’s siblings, Paula Nelson and DeWayne “Punk” Cooper, are co-owners, along with Cooper’s wife, Sue. The other co-owners are Michelle and Robert Brandhorst, Leatherwood’s daughter and son-in-law.

Harvey and Lois Cooper bought the resort in the 1960s from Reed and Alice Streeter, and it became a labor of love for the entire family. The Coopers’ children said they all had good memories of getting boats and camp sites ready for customers.

Harvey Cooper died in the early 1990s, and his wife sold the resort to Jeff Aylesworth and Richard Wilson in 2005 before she passed away. The new owners, who later included Scott and Jaimie Jackson, invested about $350,000 in the resort, building a new dock, renovating the store and improving the campsites.

Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough. The group couldn’t make a balloon payment last year and elected to return the resort to the Coopers. Family members said the Kelso-based group did a great job improving the property, but was hit too hard by the recession.

And while the Cooper family will consider offers, they said they’re happy to run the place again.

“It feels good. We kind of missed it,” Cooper said.

Cabins cost $35 per night plus tax. Campsites range from $17 with no hookups to $28 with power, sewer and water. Picnic sites are $5.

“It’s just now starting to get busy,” Leatherwood said.

Streeter’s Resort is open through the fall hunting season.

 

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