Cowlitz County Gateway to Mount St. Helens
Cowlitz County is home to approximately 101,996 residents, roughly 56 percent of whom live in the incorporated cities of Castle Rock, Kelso, Longview, Kalama, and Woodland. The remaining 44 percent live in rural, unincorporated communities such as Ryderwood, Toutle, Yale, Silver Lake, Lexington, Ariel and Cougar.
The county covers 1,144 square miles within the southwestern region of Washington. Once known as the “Timber Capital of the World,” Cowlitz County is home to Douglas fir, hemlock and western cedar trees that cover much of its rugged terrain.
Adjacent transportation corridors – including Interstate 5, the Columbia River and a major rail line – have allowed area businesses to access markets throughout the world. Following the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens, tourism expanded rapidly and is now a major industry in Cowlitz County.
- Cabins (3)
- Dining (123)
- Lodging (54)
- Things to do (55)
- Brew Pubs (2)
- Culture (22)
- Events & Festivals (15)
- Bigfoot (1)
- Fair & Rodeo (2)
- Helicopter Tours (0)
- Outdoors (16)
- Parks (0)
- Relaxation (0)
- Shopping (5)
- Sporting Events (1)
- Visitor Centers (3)
Travel the Highway West to Silver Cove RV Resort where you can unwind in convenient accommodations such as deluxe cabin rentals or in the comfort of your own RV. Enjoy the rejuvenating Pacific Northwest with a variety of on-site amenities including a boat launch and complimentary Wi-Fi. Silver Cove also allows guests to easily access state parks and national monuments such as Mount St. Helens. Relax at our resort or explore the nearby destinations that are ideal for fishing, canoeing, rock climbing, and so much more. If you are looking for a memorable vacation experience in Southern Washington, look no further than Silver Cove!
Woodland, WA 98674
Love Street Playhouse is a quaint venue located in the heart of Woodland at the base of the Lewis River Valley. Since 2007 it has earned the respect of local and surrounding communities for quality theatre. We have an intimate venue where everyone's close to the stage, with a convenient location and affordable ticket prices. We look forward to seeing you at our productions in this coming year.
Cougar, WA 98616
Kalama Horse Camp, located on the southwest flank of Mt. St. Helens, is outside the blast zone of the 1980 eruption. The camp and its nearby trails are close enough to the mountain for you to observe how the most recent eruption changed the area. You’ll also plenty of evidence of previous volcanic activity. The campground loop trail allows easy access to the main trail head. The trail head parking area, found at the east end of the campground provides parking for day use. There are over 50 miles of trails and closed roads are available from the campground.
3104 Spirit Lake Hwy Silver Lake WA
You will find Fine Arts, Music at 3 venues along the Spirit Lake Highway (SR504)
In Castle Rock and Toutle June 23 & 24, 2018 from 9am to 5pm.
Venues include: The Silver Lake Grange, Toutle High School , and The Twosome Art Gallery.
Longview, WA 98632
July 26, 27 & 28 at 7:00 pm
The History of the Rodeo
The Thunder Mountain Pro Rodeo originated as a PRCA rodeo in 1975 under the direction of rodeo committee members Ron McCoy, Mel Boultinghouse, Cal Christensen, Vern Eaton, Wayne Gossett, Bill Merz, George Moore, Les Nelson, and Jan Searing. The rodeo was originally called The Cowlitz County Fair & Rodeo, but after Mount Saint Helens spewed its fire and thunder upon this area in 1980, committeeman George Moore suggested in 1981 that the rodeo’s name be changed to The Thunder Mountain Pro Rodeo.
Since 1981, the rodeo has been known by this memorable name, which though was derived from a volcanic eruption, it also aptly denotes the thundering hooves and energy, which this rodeo brings to town.
When the rodeo began in 1975 we used a borrowed, portable arena that was erected just before the Cowlitz County Fair opened, and had to dismantle it after the fair ended. In 1979, we established a permanent arena. Although this arena was a vast improvement over a portable arena, we now have a state of the art arena, which we are proud to state was entirely constructed by committee members. Cowlitz County Fair Grounds 1970's Our present committee is comprised of 12 committee members, whereas we had 8 committee members when the rodeo originated.
Christensen Brothers was our original stock contractor. Gold Buckle Rodeo Company is our present stock contractor. We began with $300.00 per added event, and now we add $3,000.00 per event, including barrel racing. Since this rodeo’s origination we have consistently drawn top cowboy and cowgirl contestants to the competition. The Thunder Mountain Pro Rodeo committee believes that the keys to success in having a great rodeo consist of having excellent stock, quality contestants, talented bullfighters, funny clowns, and exciting half-time entertainment. Each year we strive to make the rodeo the most successful rodeo competition we can bring to the Lower Columbia region. We hope that you have the opportunity to experience the Thunder Mountain Pro Rodeo!
Our Econo Lodge® hotel in Kelso near the Cowlitz River and Interstate 5 is easy to find, easy to book and easy on your wallet.
Bob's Sporting Goods
Full-time Pro Shop employees
Archery Lessons, Seminars
11-lane air conditioned range
Full service repair shop
Offering Hoyt, Mathews, Mission Bows
Parts and Accessories