Tourism and Recreation Opportunities
Cowlitz County continues to work toward quality of life improvements that can capitalize on our incomparable natural beauty, flora, and fauna, opportunities for hiking, biking, and water sports, and especially fishing and hunting. At the request of Cougar area businesses, I initiated county efforts to urge Pacificorp to extend hours at the campgrounds and boat launches along the Lewis River beyond the traditional Memorial Day–to-Labor Day schedule. We continue to support efforts to build Woodland’s Scott Hill Park as well as the Six-Rivers Bike Trail parallel to Interstate 5. We continue to utilize funds from the lodging tax to promote tourism to Mount St. Helens, as well as support for events in all cities county wide.
Along the SR 504 Corridor to Mt. St. Helens we continue to support efforts to make water quality improvements to Silver Lake and continue to operate the Harry Gardner Park. We are awaiting funding opportunities to implement plan to build a community forest between the headquarters Landfill and Silver Lake, available for hunters, too. And we have begun planning efforts in partnership with the Mt. St. Helens Institute to convert the shuttered Coldwater Ridge Visitors Center into an outdoor school facilities, open to summer tourists, along with camping and RV parking.
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