Things to do in Cowlitz County

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Mint Valley Golf
4002 Pennsylvania St,
Longview, WA
Mint Valley Golf

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
Mount St. Helens Helicopter Tours
Located at the Buried A Frame on SR 504 (19 mile marker)
9745 Spirit Lake Highway
Toutle, WA 98649

Experience the wonder of a volcano from the best vantage point – the air with Mount St. Helens Helicopter Tours!
Marvel at one of nature’s most powerful creations, taking in the devastation of an eruption that occurred over 37 years ago while learning about how the area is still affected today.
Hillsboro Aviation has been operating tours of Mount St. Helens for over 25 years and is the most experienced tour operator on the mountain.


Mount St. Helens Helicopter Tours
With its majestic beauty and eruptive history, Mount St. Helens boasts one of the regions’ most breathtaking natural wonders. Unparalleled vantages, sweeping panoramas, and a descent into the crater itself make Hillsboro Aviation’s Mount St. Helens helicopter tours a once-in-a-lifetime experience that cannot be missed!
Our tours operate from July through mid-September (or later, weather depending), departing every thirty minutes from our helipad at North Fork Survivors, just off Spirit Lake Highway. Tours are given in our Bell JetRanger, which is considered to be the most reliable helicopter in the industry. It seats four people in addition to the pilot. Our pilots are extremely knowledgeable about the area from years of flying tours and performing survey work on the mountain for the U.S. government. The pilots provide a thorough narrative during the tour, providing geographic and cultural context to the striking visuals you’ll witness on your tour.

We offer two tour options: the Crater Tour and Summit Tour. The tours include a variety of highlights from the Toutle River Valley, Elk Rock, Castle Lake, Johnston Ridge, Spirit Lake, Loowit Glacier, and the mountain’s new lava dome that emits white steam signaling its status as a very active volcano. On a clear day, there are also spectacular views of Mount Rainier to the north and Mount Adams to the east, framing the eruption zone that stretches for over 15 miles.

Mt St Helens Helicopter Tours will Re-Open May 2019.

Hillboro Aviation
503.648.2831
Mt St Helens Stables at Eco Park Resort
14000 Spirit Lake Hwy
Toutle, WA 98649
Mt St Helens Stables at Eco Park Resort

Eco Park Resort, just 24 miles up SR-504 offers Guided Horse Back Tours in the beautiful back country.
Take a guided tour on horseback, lead by park owner Mark Smith, a survivor of the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens.
They have over 12 miles of trails to ride on. Some of the trails cross over parts of the old highway.
Tour on the mud-flow itself, and see the life returning to the area first hand.

360.274.7007
Port of Kalama Marina & Recreational Area
110 West Marine Drive
Kalama, WA 98625
Port of Kalama Marina & Recreational Area

Marina & Recreational Area

The Port of Kalama offers stellar riverfront recreational facilities, including walking and biking paths, playgrounds, covered picnic shelters and the  tallest totem pole in the Pacific Northwest! The Port operates a 222-slip marina, and its public beaches are a southwest Washington destination for swimming, windsurfing, fishing and just relaxing.

 

 

360.673.2325
Riverdale Raceway
7255 Spirit Lake Hwy
Toutle, WA 98649

Riverdale Raceway has both MX tracks and a drag strip.

MX – Riverdale Raceway has six outdoor motocross tracks that run year-round. On the west end there is a modern main track, a vintage track, an arena style track, a sand track, and a 50’s track. On the east end across from the drag strip is a big track that is vintage, beginner, and junior friendly.

All levels of riders from kids on 50cc bikes to experienced riders will find our tracks both fun and challenging! We run an open practice without classes so you can get as much ride time as you want.

Since we are a year-round track, we are open every weekend except for extreme weather conditions or if there is an event which uses the whole property. We will post any changes on our Facebook page or website news. We also send out emails. If you would like to receive emails, see our sign-up link.

Practice starts at 9 am and ends at 4 pm.  The cost is $30 per rider. Camping is free if you ride, and there is no cost to spectators during practice. Gate fee for races is usually $10 per person. We are CASH ONLY.

If you would like to practice during the week, please call Dan at 360-749-1170.

(360) 749-1170
(360) 274-5255
Rocking Horse Ranch, LLC
140 Hoskins Rd
Kelso, WA 98626
Rocking Horse Ranch, LLC

Here at Rocking Horse Ranch, LLC we offer Horse training, Riding lesson’s, Farrier service. & Training clinic’s
Training offered
Colt starting, ranch versatility, tune-ups, correcting bad habits, ground work, trail obstacles, confidence building and working ranch horse.
Lesson’s we offer
Roping
Riding
Beginning horsemanship
Intermediate horsemanship
Advance horsemanship

We specialize in training horses from ground work to the finished bridle horse, roping, ranch versatility, working ranch horse, extensive trail riding, packing and horsemanship, lesson’s from beginning to advanced.
Mike Gunnels AQHA professional horseman

360.909.4447
Spirit Peaks Raceway
2648 S Toutle Rd. Toutle, Washington

Spirit Peaks Drift Raceway  is a very large industrial lot with a pretty consistent surface. Cones provide a variety of a long straight away bearing into a downward slope left corner with barriers to scrub. The layout consists of about 7 wide corners for some prime tandem opportunities. The venue is quickly growing in popularity and we are very excited to return with the whole team for some more fun!

(206) 605-4890
Three Rivers Golf Course
2222 S River Road
Kelso, WA 98626
Three Rivers Golf Course

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
Thunder Mountain Pro Rodeo
1900 7th Avenue
Longview, WA 98632
Thunder Mountain Pro Rodeo 2019
July 25, 26 & 27 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!

360.577.3121
360.577.6254
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Woodland Motocross Park
3232 Lewis River Road, Woodland, WA

Please visit our website for more information.

(503) 708-5121
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