Fishing in Cowlitz River, Barrier Dam – Lewis County Fishing

Fishing in Cowlitz River, Barrier Dam – Lewis County Cowlitz River is located in southwest Washington State right off Interstate 5. The Cowlitz River currently has 3 major hydroelectric dams, with several small-scale hydropower and sediment retention structures within the Cowlitz Basin. The river is about two and a half hours south of Seattle and two hours north of Portland, Oregon. It is about two and a half hours from the Tri Cities area in eastern Washington. Cowlitz River is the number one steelhead producer in the state of Washington for winter and summer run steelhead.
There are two species of Pacific salmon – the Chinook Salmon (or King Salmon) and the Coho Salmon (or Silver Salmon). The Cowlitz River starts off Mount Rainier and runs through the Cascade Range ultimately dumping into the Columbia River which empties into the Pacific Ocean. The area is very rural and beautiful with an abundance of wildlife including deer, bald eagles, osprey, and blue heron.

Fun Things To Do:

  • Accessible Trails
  • Biking
  • Bird Watching
  • Canoeing
  • Fishing
  • Crabbing
  • Clamming
  • Golf
  • Hiking/Walking

Fish Type:

  • Steelhead, Summer-Run
  • Steelhead, Winter-Run
  • Sturgeon, White
  • Chinook Salmon (King Salmon)
  • Coho Salmon (or Silver Salmon)

Special Note:

  • Handicap Parking: Yes
  • Handicap Restroom: Yes
  • Handicap Dock: Yes
  • Camping Available: No
  • Restrooms Available: Yes
  • Boat Launch Available: Yes
  • Motorized Boats Allowed: Yes

Driving Directions:
From the town of Salkum on SR12, turn south on Fuller rd., go 1.1 miles, turn left and go 1 mile to parking area and boat ramp.

Click Here for a Map and Direction to Barrier Dam.

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