Things to do
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.
The historic Columbia Theatre opened as a vaudeville venue and movie house in 1925, declined during the mid-20th century and escaped what would have been a tragic ending in 1980 when excavation and demolition equipment heading toward the theater was diverted to help with the cleanup following the eruption of Mount St. Helens. Subsequently, a group of visionaries got together and saved the building. Today, the vibrant 1,000-seat theatre hosts nearly a dozen shows each year, ranging from musicals to comedy to children’s theatre.
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
July 24, 25, 26 & 27
The History of the Cowlitz County Fair~
On September 3rd and 4th 1937 the Cowlitz Valley Fair was held for the first time in Catlin Park, beginning a tradition that has lasted seventy-five years and continues on to this day as the Cowlitz County Fair. With the exception of the four years during World War II, the annual fair has provided such stimulating and amusing entertainment as a milking contest between civic leaders from Longview and Kelso held the very first day of that very first fair. Contestants included Kelso Mayor W.E. Chinn, Kelso Kiwanis President Thomas H. Van Noy, President E.G. Ditlersen and Secretary Eugene Crumb of the Kelso Chamber of Commerce VS Longview Mayor John P. Bell, Longview Kiwanis President Verne DeVilbiss, President J.L. Norris and Secretary L.K. Martini of the Longview Chamber of Commerce. The winner was Dr. J.L. Norris of Longview.
Other events of the day included the livestock judging contest and the Home Economics judging event. There were fair exhibits on clean easy milkers, grange feeds, grange flour, international trucks, batteries, tires, and J.I. Case Farm Machinery. The first day centered on farms and gardens. The Rose Valley Grange won first in the Grange exhibit division with a variety of farm produce. Pleasant Hill was 2nd and Kalama 3rd. The Judges were Mr.& Mrs. Heye Meyers of Vancouver.
COWLITZ COUNTY FAIR FOR THE 1st TWENTY-FIVE YEARS 1937 – 1962
Our fair began as The Cowlitz Valley Fair held at Catlin Park. But it didn’t stay put. The location moved to 15th Avenue and Ocean Beach Hwy in 1941, next to 7th Avenue and the old LP&N railway in 1942, then to Saddle Club Park in Longview at 14th and Baltimore in 1946, back to 7th Avenue in 1947, and finally to the present location in 1950. During this time the fair underwent two additional name changes: The Cowlitz County Fair in 1946 and The Columbia Empire Fair in 1949. There were no fairs nationwide from 1941 -1945 by government order due to WWII.
Right from the beginning the fair was a family friendly event. Admission increases reflected this, starting from only .25 to .50 cents for adults and from .10 to .25 cents for children under the age of 15. By 1962 admission was .75 cents for adults and the .25 cents for kids stayed the same and the age requirement was dropped to under 12 years of age and covered all of the events. The attendance grew from approximately 3,000 in 1946 to 23,302 in 1962.
From the beginning, the fair has had a western flare throughout, with many Country Western singers, comedians, and various other western themed performers. Events and entertainment included horse shows, juvenile rodeos, Sheriff’s Posse horse shows, many dog & chimp acrobatic performers, and jalopy races. Also in attendance were governors, noted political leaders, and T.V. & movie personality guest appearances. One of the exciting attractions was seeing who would win the crown for “Queen of the Fair.” Many of the young ladies who won the title of Queen had also first won a Rodeo title, demonstrating how hard working these youths were in the early days of the fair.
New building additions to the fair began with the construction of the automobile building in 1947 and went on to include the floral building, modern restrooms, model milk parlor and office building in 1948. Also added was a new horse show arena in 1952, a dormitory for youngsters who stay overnight for livestock exhibits in 1953, a caretaker’s house in 1954, and lastly in this time period, a 40’X120’ livestock building.
Kelso, WA 98626
The Museum collects, preserves, and interprets information and artifacts that tell the story of Cowlitz County.
They provide exhibits, research facilities, and educational and public programs that serve a wide range of local citizens, students, and tourists.
Castle Rock, WA 98611
Cowlitz Public Shooting Range is open to all members of the public, providing shooters with a safe place to shoot rifles, pistols, shotguns and archery since it opened on May 1, 2013. From the beginning, the range has staffed its operations with volunteers, a practice that continues to this day.
NRA certified Range Safety Officers (RSOs) are on duty at all times the range is open to insure the safety and fun of our shooters, friends and their families. The volunteer work of the RSOs allows the Cowlitz Game & Anglers to provide an excellent outdoor shooting range experience to its users at a very affordable price.
The Range is offers free firearm training classes open to any and all interested persons. These are classroom sessions only, not range shooting, but the range will be open as usual for shooting after the classes. All classes will be held at the Cowlitz Public Shooting Range Education Building, 1000 Toutle Park Road, Castle Rock, WA 98611. Take Exit 52 from I-5 and follow the signs to the end of Toutle Park Road.
Take exit 52 toward Barnes Dr/Toutle Park Rd
Turn or Continue East onto Old Pacific Hwy
Turn left onto Burma Rd
Turn right onto Toutle Park Rd
Continue 0.9 mi. to the end of Toutle Park Rd
Get into the spirit of Christmas on the Columbia River! Join the Grinch and The Who’s for an evening parade of beautifully decorated boats from the Kalama waterfront! Lit boat parade, music & caroling, live entertainment, festive food & drink, Santa photos, family fun, McMenamins beer garden!
Time: 5 pm to 8 pm
Location: Marine Park – Kalama
Hosted By: Kalama Chamber of Commerce and The Dolphin Yacht Club
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.