Cowlitz River

Cowlitz River, Kelso: Hours, Address, Cowlitz River Review: 5/5

Cowlitz River
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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Warren G W
Rainier, OR1 619 contributions
Steamboats, smelt, and volcanic ash
Jul 2019
The Cowlitz, which flows down from the southern slopes of Mt. Rainier, has been many things to many people. It is a good fishing stream, providing opportunities for salmon, steelhead trout, and until recently, a sardine-sized fish called 'smelt', which could be scooped up with nets, or even window screens, from the river banks during their annual run up the river. Whether the runs have ceased, or nobody fishes for them any more, I don't know. Sternwheeler steamboats used to traverse the lower Cowlitz, which was why the earlier two Allen Street bridges in Kelso were lift-span bridges (the current bridge is not openable), but that has long ceased. During the 1980's eruption of Mt. St. Helens, tons of volcanic ash flowed down the river. Huge mounds can still be seen where the ash was dredged out of the river.
The thrust of the Cowlitz southward is the force that shifted the mighty Columbia westward from it's northward flow from Portland.
Written 12 August 2019
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