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Washington State Parks

USA Parks
Volcano Country Region
Lewis and Clark State Park
Cool Swim ©
Picnic Table ©
It is always a great day for a picnic in the park.
4583 Jackson Highway
Winlock, Washington   98596

Phone: 360-864-2643
Lewis and Clark State Park is a 621-acre camping park situated in one of the last major stands of old-growth forest in the state. Coniferous trees, streams, wetlands, dense vegetation and wet prairie comprise the park environment. The park contains a vast stand of rare old-growth forest. It is a Civilian Conservation Corps park, and many of the buildings constructed by the corps remain in use today.

Park hours/updates:

Summer: 8 a.m. to dusk.Winter: Closed to day use Oct. 1, reopens April. 15.

The park is open year round for camping. Some campsites are closed in winter.

Camping:Check-in time, 2:30 p.m.Check-out time, 1 p.m.Quiet hours: 10 p.m. to 6:30 a.m.
Nature of the Area
Wildlife Mammals Birds Fish & Sea Life? Bears? Chipmunks? Coyotes? Deer or Elk? Rabbits? Raccoons? Skunks? Squirrels? Crows or Ravens? Grouse? Herons? Hummingbirds? Owls? Pheasants? Quail? Woodpeckers? Bullhead? Salmon? Trout

Environmental Features Physical Features Plant Life

Special Caverns were formed under the park and surrounding area by cooling lava from Mount Rainier. These caverns are presently being used for the storage of natural gas.

?Cedar? Douglas Fir? Hemlock? Alder? Cherry? Maple? Oak? Lupines? Rhododendron? Rose? Berries? Ferns? Moss or Lichens

The park features euonymus occidentalis, Pacific yew, wet prairie and views of Mount St. Helens, Mount Rainier and Mount Adams.
History of the Area
Lewis and Clark State Park, which is actually separate from the Lewis and Clark Trail, began as a "public camp" for automobile tourists in 1922. Two years later, more than 10,000 people visited the park annually.

The old north spur of the Oregon Trail, which extended from the Cowlitz River landing to the city of Tumwater, passed directly through the present park site. When pioneers used this road, ramps had to be built over some of the downed logs (six to nine feet in diameter), since they had no saws capable of cutting the giants.

The park has a unique stand of old-growth forest, primarily Douglas fir and red cedar. It is one of the last old-growth forest stands remaining along Hwy. 99. Two-thirds of the old-growth trees were blown down in the 1962 Columbus Day Storm (8.5 million board feet of the original 13.5 million). The park was closed for three years to make repairs and plant trees.

Located nearby, the John R. Jackson House was the first American pioneer home built north of the Columbia River. It was constructed in 1845 by the man for whom it is named. The original house has deteriorated completely. The current log cabin was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s. The Jackson family has donated some original pioneer artifacts, which are on display at the cabin.
Park Store
Services/Supplies Available in the park Available in the area? Camping? Pay phone? Auto repair? Camping? Fishing/hunting? Gasoline? Golf? Groceries? Hardware? Hospital? Overnight Accommodations? Pay phone? Postal service? Recreational equipment? Wood
The park has 25 tent spaces, two restrooms and two showers. Maximum site length is 60 feet (may have limited availability). All campsites are first-come, first-served.

Group Accommodations: Two group camps are reservable by calling the park office at (360) 864-2643. Prices vary with size of the group. The camps have a 50 person capacity and include running water, tables, stoves, fire ring and vault toilets.

Check-in time is 2:30 p.m., and check-out time is 1 p.m.Quiet hours are from 10 p.m. to 6:30 a.m.Engine-driven electric generators may be operated only between the hours of 8 a.m. and 9 p.m.Length of stay: You may stay up to ten consecutive days in any one park during the summer; the stay limit is extended to 20 days between Oct. 1 and March 31.

Lewis and Clark State Park is located near Centralia, Chehalis

The park provides two kitchen shelters with electricity, fireplaces and running water. One is available on a first-come, first-served basis, while the other is reservable by calling the park office at (360) 864-2643.
Guided Tours
There is a self-guided half-mile interpretive trail in the park, featuring information on the park's old growth forest.

Jackson House tours are available year-round by appointment. Call (360) 864-2643.
Area Attractions
Trails Water Activities Other? 8 mi. Hiking Trails? 5 mi. Horse Trails? 1 Amphitheater? 2 Fire Circles? 3 Horseshoe pits? Interpretive Activities? 1 Volleyball Field

The park also offers a playfield, playground and rocking horses.June is Youth Fishing Month, when children ages 14 and younger can fish the creek.

Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
October 1
Great spot, we stayed as our last family camping trip of the year 9-30-17 left 10-1-17 we even saw a beautiful Owl...
June 19 horse trails by theresagbs
I really love riding on them. I wish they were open this year.
June 28 the park is beautiful ! so natural !! by sue peha
what a beautiful nice clean park and the natural beauty is what makes it so appealing its what every park should look like! great job to the employees its so relaxing and georgeous. thanks !
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Located 12 miles south of Chehalis, Wash., on the I-5 corridor in Lewis County.

From I-5: Take exit # 68, and head east on Hwy. 12 about 2.5 miles. At Jackson Hwy., turn right, heading south. Continue about two miles to park entrance.


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