PacifiCorp operates several recreational facilities associated with the Lewis River projects. These facilities include 304 camping sites, 278 picnic sites, several boat ramps, swimming beaches, fishing access, and day use areas. These recreation destinations are very popular - in 1998 about 750,000 people visited PacifiCorp's Lewis River facilities.
Pacific Energy Public Meeting
Pacific Energy hosted a public meeting at the Lewis River Golf Course. It was a chance for the public to meet those people responsible for our safety during high water events.
How Pacific Energy controls the water released from the dams was explained. Cowlitz and Clark County Emergency Management are responsible for getting the information out to the public. All questions were answered. For more pictures, click here.
PacifiCorp lowers Lake Merwin for spillway testing, maintenance
February 2010 - Drawdown left boat ramp unusable for 20 days - Click here for more pictures.
Click here for the PacifiCorp Lewis River Dams Settlement Agreement.
Click here for Recreational Facilities Master Plan, December 2009.
Lewis River hydro projects receive federal licenses - 07/24/08
New Lewis River Project License - 6/26/08
Safety, habitat concerns close Yale Reservoir's southeastern shore - 6/27/08
Trout season opening delayed at Swift Reservoir - 4/11/08
New Ground - Summer 2008
Click above for Gifford Pinchot National Forest News
Peak Season Parking Pass Application
For maps of the area, click here.
For latest information, road conditions, etc. please call Cougar Bar & Grill 360.238.5252 or Jack's Restaurant & Store 360.231.4276
"The Merwin project was placed in service in 1931. Merwin is a 313-foot high concrete arch type dam. It creates Merwin Lake, a 4,040-acre impoundment popular with a wide variety of recreationists." Click on the link above for photos and information about Merwin Day Use Park, Speelyai Day Use Park and Cresap Bay Campground.
Click here for breaking news about reservoir
levels and boat launching.
"The Yale project was completed in 1953. The earth fill embankment dam is 323 feet high. It features a 3,780-acre reservoir." Click on the link above for photos and information about Saddle Dam Day Use Park, Yale Day Use Park and Cougar Tents Only Campground.
"When initially built in 1958, the 512-foot Swift dam was one of the highest earth fill dams in the world. The Swift reservoir is 4,600 acres and provides a variety of fishing, camping, swimming, and other recreational opportunities." Click on the link above for photos and information about Swift Campground and Eagle Cliff Picnic Area.
Read local area fishing reports and add your own report.
Click here for Lewisriver.com Fishing Reports
Boat Launches Below Merwin Dam
Click here for information about Lewis River boat
launches provided by PacifiCorp, WDFW, and others
-downstream from Merwin Dam.
For complete information regarding access,|
reservations, regulations, etc., click on the
picture to go to Pacific Power Recreation web site.
Click above for valuable boating information.
Questions about recreation, for PacifiCorp, can be directed to