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Lower Lewis River Falls

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“a serene and surreal experience”

If you would like to go for a day trip that you will never forget, try this one. From Woodland, Washington (I-5 exit 21), drive east on 503. You will pass by the three dams on the North Fork Lewis river. First is Merwin. There is a nice park here if you want to take a little rest stop and view Lake Merwin. Driving on up the highway you will have access to beautiful view points suitable for taking pictures or just looking out at the amazing scenery. The next reservoir is Yale. Keep on driving and you will come to Swift Dam and reservoir. On the Eastern end of Swift you arrive at Eagle Cliff Park and cross over the river. From here on up the river is unaffected by any dams and is free flowing all the way to Mt. Adams. It is 60 miles from Woodland to the Lower Lewis River Falls. In some places, from Eagle Cliff Park to the Lower Lewis River Falls, (about 14 miles) the road is a little rough where land slides have been repaired. Nothing to worry about. For most of the way it is a nice black top road. You will see a sign for the Lower Lewis River Falls. Drive in and park your car. It is just a short walk to the viewing area for the falls. You can then take the short path right down to the falls. You won't be disappointed. Be sure and remember your camera. The campground is located in a pleasantly wooded setting on the Lewis River next to Lower Falls. The campsites are tucked in among the trees creating a sense of seclusion. The campground road is paved and shaded by large evergreen trees. A trailhead for the Lewis River Trail #31 is located in the campground. Lewis River Trail is a multi-use trail (hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding) that follows the bank of the river through old growth and past several striking waterfalls. The river is open to catch and release fishing and kayaking. Lower Falls Day Use Area is within the campground. Lower Falls Campground offers 43 standard sites that accommodate both tents and RVs (60 feet), but no hookups are available. Picnic tables and campfire rings with grills are provided, as are composting toilets and drinking water. There are falls viewing opportunities at Lower Lewis River Falls, Curly Creek Falls, Big Creek Falls, and Middle Falls, all within 15 minutes of the campground. Lewis River Horse Camp is 5 miles away.

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Joel Schat

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June 26, 2015
Rated 5.0

This is by far the coolest waterfall I have been to in my life!

The section of rock that sticks out the furthest is about 32 feet high and you can jump off of it! :D :D :D

I did it like 15 times and it was so so much fun!

Campground is really clean and right on the river basically. Lots of people in the summer afternoons chilling in the water so tons of people to meet!

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