Things to do in Cowlitz County

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Triangle Center
1015 Ocean Beach Hwy, Longview, WA 98632

Triangle Center – Triangle Center is located at the corner of Ocean Beach Hwy. & 15th Ave., Longview. It is a Community Center which opened in 1964 and was last renovated in 2005. It is an Open shopping mall with 1,635 parking spaces. It covers an area of 253,064 sqft.

The Triangle Center offers numerous stores and restaurants, including:
Ross, Petco, Bed Bath & Beyond, Michael’s, Applebee’s, Winco, Starbucks, Big 5 Sports, Ace Hardware, Office Depot, US Cellular, Ultra, Chase Bank, Rite – Aid,
and more.

Love Street Playhouse
126 Love Street
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.

800.966.8865
Climb Mt St Helens

Climbing information – Permits

Everyone must have a climbing permit to be above 4,800 feet elevation on Mount St. Helens.
The permit system helps to protect the volcano’s physical and biological features and processes, reduces crowding, and provides climbers with information on climbing conditions, Leave No Trace principles, and safety. The permit system has been in effect since 1987.

1.  Mount St. Helens climbing permits are administered by Mount St. Helens Institute (MSHI) through an online vendor.
The MSHI online vendor is a secure website that accepts all major credit and debit cards. Climbers will be emailed a permit purchase confirmation receipt at the time of purchase.
2.  The total permit fee of $22 includes a service charge which goes towards MSHI’s Mountain Stewards Volunteer Program to help maintain and protect the climbing routes. Climbing permits are not refundable. If climbing is suspended by the Forest Service, permit sales will also be suspended.
3.  From April 1 to October 31 climbing permits are available online by advance purchase only.
Do not wait until the day of your climb to purchase your permit.
Unsold permits may be purchased online until 24-hours before the date of the climb.
4.  Once you complete your permit purchase through the online vendor, all sales are final.
Refunds are not possible. You cannot change climbing dates once your purchase is complete. Please plan accordingly before completing your purchase.

360.449.7883
Johnston Ridge Observatory
24000 Spirit lake Hwy
Toutle, WA 98649

Located at the end of State Highway 504 (52 miles east of Castle Rock), in the heart of the blast zone, the observatory hosts interpretive displays that tell the biological, geological, and human story of Mount St. Helens. Visitors to Johnston Ridge Observatory can enjoy multiple award-winning films, listen to ranger talks, observe the landscape, purchase souvenirs, set off on a hike, or get a light lunch from the food cart.

Check out the annual summer Music on the Mountain series held throughout summer at the Johnston Ridge Observatory outdoor amphitheater (in partnership Mount St. Helens Institute).

Hours Open: Open 7 days a week, 10 am to 6 pm – May 16th to October 28th
Friday, May 18th – Mt  St Helens Eruption Anniversary – 38 years – Free Admission at Johnston Ridge Observatory
Saturday, May 19th – “Its a Blast” 10 am to 6 pm
Join the Mount St. Helens Institute at the Johnston Ridge Observatory to mark the 38th anniversary of the 1980 eruption with special hands-on activities and prizes in addition to the great movies, ranger talks, exhibits, and gift shop that the Johnston Ridge Observatory already has to offer. All admissions collected this day will support the Mount St. Helens Institute’s programs, including youth education. For More Information:  Mt St Helens Institute

 

 

360.274.2140
Mint Valley Golf
4002 Pennsylvania St,
Longview, WA

At Mint Valley you will find one of the finest public golf courses in the state of Washington. The well-bunkered greens, water hazards, and tall trees will test every skill level. This par 71 championship course plays 6,432 yards from the back tees and 5,230 yards from the forward tees. The greens are always fast and in excellent condition. The course also features practice putting and chipping greens as well as a covered driving range. The course is easy to walk, but if you prefer to ride just call ahead and reserve a cart.

Mint Valley also has a six-hole, par 3 course with holes ranging in distance from 50 to 90 yards. This is a great place to fine tune your short game and introduce the game to beginning players.

Mint Valley Golf Course…it’s beautiful, friendly and affordable. Come out and play!

360.442.5442
Cowlitz Black Bears Baseball
Story Field – LCC
1800 Maple Street
Longview, WA 98632

The Cowlitz Black Bears is an amateur baseball team located in Kelso / Longview, Washington. They play in the West Coast League, a collegiate summer baseball league. The league comprises teams from British Columbia, Oregon and Washington. Cowlitz calls David Story Field on the campus of Lower Columbia College home.

Story Field at Lower Columbia College in Longview, WA, was remodeled for the 2010 Cowlitz Black Bears inaugural season. Amenities include Party Suites and the Bob’s Sporting Goods Party Deck in left field, the Home Plate Club in the grandstand area and picnic tables and a kids playground sponsored by Kelso, Washington’s Red Lion Inn.

Season:  June, July & August

360.703.3195
Three Rivers Golf Course
2222 S River Road
Kelso, WA 98626

The Three Rivers Golf Course, an 18-hole course established in 1983 next to the Cowlitz River, is owned by the Kelso-Longview Elks BPOE 1482. The course is built on a base of material deposited in the Cowlitz River by the 1980 eruption of Mt. St. Helens and removed by dredging. This porous combination of ash, dust, sand and silt drains well in wet weather, and golfers commute here from up and down the I-5 corridor when other Northwest courses are too soggy to play. The poa annua (annual bluegrass) greens putt well all year, and the winter rye fairways hold up well.

Four sets of tee boxes accommodate golfers with more or less length to their game. This Robert Muir Graves design plays almost 6,700 yards from the longest (blue) tees, with a men’s Course Rating of 71.7 and Slope of 128. Course length from the shortest (red) tee boxes is 5,393 yards, with a ladies’ Course Rating of 70.4 and Slope of 119.

360.423.4653
Untouchables Car Show

For the last 20 years the Untouchables Car Club has hosted their car show in historic downtown Kalama on the third Sunday in August.   Good weather usually prevails and the show averages well over 300 cars per year.   The Kalama Chamber of Commerce helps to put the event on.  It’s a great day of fun in downtown Kalama.

Proceeds sponsor scholarships to Lower Columbia College for our local High School Graduates and the needy in our local community.

When:  Third Sunday in August each year
Location: Kalama WA

360.425.0125
Five Dons Brewing Company
1158 11th Avenue
Longview WA 98632

Five Dons Brewing aims to bring local beer to the Lower Columbia with our downtown Longview WA microbrewery.
Our beers include Hard Way Pale Ale, Blonde Next Door Blonde Ale and Dark Divide Porter.

360.261.0956
Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens
115 South Pekin Road
Woodland, WA 98674

Each year, thousands of visitors step back in time to discover the 1880’s Victorian Farmhouse and country gardens that comprise the Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens.

To showcase the site, the Gardens and historic buildings have been lovingly maintained by the Hulda Klager Lilac Society, a nonprofit volunteer organization. The Society fully funds the care and upkeep of the historical site from the proceeds of Lilac Days, dues and donations. With the help of our volunteers and members, the Society continues to carry on the work of growing and showing the beautiful lilacs including those hybridized by Hulda Klager many decades ago.

Lilac Days 2018
April 21 – Mothers Day – May 13th

History of Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens
Woodland is perhaps best known as the home of Hulda Klager (1863–1960), who was a prolific breeder of lilacs. The “Lilac Lady” Hulda Klager née Thiel, was long the pride of Woodland. She immigrated from Germany to Wisconsin in 1865, when she was just two years old, and came West when her family bought a farm in Woodland. Later she married and settled down on the family farm. When a friend gave her a book about Luther Burbank, she began creating flowers, hybridizing new varieties of roses, dahlias, even apples, and lilacs in particular. By 1920 she had created such a magnificent array of new hand-pollinated lilacs that she opened her garden on Lilac Week every spring for visitors. The floodwaters of 1948 rolled over her garden, destroying every shrub and hand-pollinated lilac. The loss grieved those who visited her garden or who had purchased her lilacs. From all over the Northwest, people sent starts of her lilacs from their own gardens. By 1950, at the age of eighty-seven, Klager, who loved flowers and who had been honored by the state of Washington as well as such organizations as the nationally famous arboretum at Cambridge, Massachusetts, again opened her home for Lilac Week. After her death in 1960, the Woodland Federated Garden Club, shocked that the garden might be bulldozed for industry, succeeded in raising money to buy it and have it declared a state and national historic site.

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