Year Round Recreation

Summer Recreation

The mountains offer crystalline rivers and lakes that provide some of the best fishing in the Northwest. Whether you are sport fly fishing for trophy size trout, salmon or a variety of other native fish, or simply relaxing by the water, you’ll find the local lakes, rivers and streams provide an abundant supply and variety of fish and scenic beauty

Easy access to swift and Yale Reservoirs and Lake Merwin make it easy to enjoy fishing, power boating, water skiing, kayaking, canoeing or swimming. In addition, local rivers provide whitewater rafting and tubing opportunities.

Discover hundreds of miles of logging roads and trails that provide excellent opportunities to hike, mountain bike, rid ATVs, pick mushrooms and huckleberries, or simply photograph the breathtaking scenery, numerous water falls or local wildlife.

Winter Recreation

An extensive logging road and trail systems offers amazing opportunities for the snowmobile, cross country ski and snowshoe enthusiast to venture out and experience an endless variety of terrain, scenic viewpoints, open meadows and forest corridors for day trips or extended adventures. Gifford Pinchot National Forest offers numerous Snow-Park areas for easy access and parking.

Local Attractions

The awe-inspiring Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument is just a short drive away. This unique, 110,000 acre jewel offers some of the most amazing scenery and recreational opportunities available in North America.

The Ape Cave Interpretive Site is a favorite family destination with the longest lava tube (12.810 ft) in the continental United States. Remember to wear boots, warm clothing and take several sources of light if you plan to explore the caves on your own.

Waterfalls are abundant, with a truly spectacular series that has easy family access. The first is the Lower Lewis River Falls, next is the Middle Falls, Upper Lewis River Falls and finally, Big Creek Falls.

Lava Canyon is access by a barrier-free trail that leads to a view of the canyon, created by a lava flow which traveled through about 1,900 years ago.