That's about as exciting as watching paint dry.
Define "a real lake". It sure isn't what it used to be but it looks better than it did on May 19, 1980. It is amazing how much that entire blast zone has healed. I worked up in that area in the early 80's in the salvage logging. It was like working on the moon or something. All grey, without a speck of green anywhere. Now except for up on the moutain itself everything is green and growing.
There is not much danger up there except for tourist who try to get too close. There isn't the glaciers to melt that there was in 1980. I don't know if people realize how far it is from the mountain to any farms or houses let alone towns but it is a long ways. Even a 1980 size eruption didn't reach half way to the nearest little town. Almost all the people who were killed in 1980 were tourist who snuck in behind the gates for a closer look. As for the ash.... I had 4 inches on my place from the second 1980 event. It was a pain to deal with but nothing that could be dealt with. Certainly nothing near what Florida has been dealing with. As I said this time is the media making a mountain out of a mole hill.