The Opportunities Are
When it comes to water-based recreation, the
opportunities in Cowlitz County are varied and
spectacular. There’s fly fishing in 100 alpine lakes in
the Gifford Pinchot National Forest and the chance to
wet a line in dozens of mountain streams, rivers and
tributaries that teem with salmon, steelhead and trout.
Numerous lakes and reservoirs provide additional access
to fish and fun.
Kayak or canoe in the tidal estuaries on the Lower
Columbia, taking in the wealth of nature and wildlife on
the Great River of the West. Jump waves and wakes with
the jet skiers on the lakes, rivers and reservoirs. Take
flight with sailboarders on the Columbia, west of County
Whether your favorite activity is tubing, water skiing,
sailing, boating, rafting down the Toutle or Cowlitz
rivers on a warm summer day, or soaking up the sun at
one of the county’s many swimming spots, we have it all.
Southwest Washington offers more than 30 launch sites
for anglers, water skiers, jet skiers and boaters.
Public launches are available on the Cowlitz, Kalama,
Lewis, and Columbia rivers, as well as at Silver and
Kress lakes and Yale and Swift reservoirs.
If you’re a fisherman, Southwest Washington is paradise,
with streams, rivers and lakes holding a staggering
array of fish stocks. No matter the time of year,
there’s always a fish biting somewhere. The Cowlitz,
Lewis, Toutle and Kalama rivers are among the most
revered steelhead streams in the Northwest. The Columbia
offers reliable salmon and sturgeon runs. Try your luck
with kokanee at Yale Reservoir, tiger muskies and Coho
at Merwin Reservoir, and rainbow trout at Swift
Reservoir. Silver Lake delivers excellent fishing for
large mouth bass and is also a great spot to go after
perch, bluegill and crappie.
Sasquatch Adventures offers a variety of outdoor
recreational experiences. Located in the Southwestern
corner of Washington State. Majority of our kayak and
kayak fishing tours take place on the beautiful Silver
Lake in Silverlake, Washington, below the majestic Mt.
Saint Helens , known by many names in local indigenous
dialects . The Puyallup Tribes called it “Loowitlatkla”
(Lady of Fire).
We also offer a Cowlitz River Excursion, and we have
many more on the way.