Living Lewis County – Mossyrock

Welcome to Mossyrock, considered to be the recreation paradise of Lewis County.

Originally in 1852 Mossyrock began as a trading post, named after a 200 foot high moss covered rock that sits at the east end of Klickatat prairie. It was officially incorporated on January 2nd, 1948 and has a population of approximately 700-800.

Mossyrock is centrally located between two scenic lakes, Mayfield Lake & Riffe Lake. Both offer recreational activities galore.

Tip Toe through the Tulips: April is the ideal time to visit DeGoede’s bulb farm.

Mossyrock TulipsEvery year about this time DeGoede’s tulip fields erupt in vibrant color offering those traveling along the Scenic Byway a stunning display of brilliant blossoms.  DeGoede’s also provide a year round display garden along with classes & other visitor activities.

DeGoede’s is a 4th generation of flower growers, starting in Holland with Great Grandfather John and continuing today with Jack, Bob & Alex DeGoede. Although they continue to grow tulips & Dutch Iris bulbs they now offer more perennial flowering plants including, bleeding hearts, phlox, hosta, and many others.

Be sure to bring your camera and take a stroll through their display garden, it may just inspire you to do some gardening this Spring.

Mayfield Lake: A water lover’s destination, providing year round recreation. The elevation of the lake fluctuates no more than 10 feet throughout the year. Public boat ramps and campgrounds are located at Mayfield Lake Park and Ike Kinswa State Park.

Mayfield LakeMayfield Dam, a 13 mile long lake was completed in 1963, includes a 250-foot-high (above bedrock), 850-foot-long, concrete arch and gravity dam that forms Mayfield Lake. (Sounds funny saying dam then a 13 mile long lake)

In addition to the Cowlitz River, water from the Tilton River combines to form Mayfield Lake. An 854-foot-long power tunnel passes through this Dam creating an electrical force that serves 58,000 homes.

On any given day you’ll find outdoor enthusiasts enjoying the abundant activities offered here; water skiing, boating, swimming, hiking, & bird watching are just a few. Fisherman flock to this lake known for its Trout, Silvers and Tiger Muskie catches. Go ahead & set up camp in any of the multiple parks that line its shores.

Riffe Lake: A very scenic reservoir which winds through nearly 20 miles of forested hillsides was created in 1968 by construction of the Mossyrock Dam (the tallest in Washington) on the Cowlitz River. The Taidnapam Park sits on the east end of the lake while Mossyrock Park is on the west. The lake is well equipped with recreational facilities for fun on the water. The Highway at the west end of the lake and the North shore fishing access offer a close up view of the Dam. Nearby the Riffe lake Overlook provides beautiful views and the Riffe Lake Campground is open year round encouraging family friendly activities anytime.

Mossyrock also boast their own Blueberry Festival 

Mossyrock Blueberry FestivalA community led event held the first weekend in August. This annual event unites locals and visitors in celebrating the harvest of one of nature’s “Superfoods” that’s grown right here locally.

You can’t get bored attending this fun filled family event no matter what your interests. There’s a variety of craft vendors that set up shop or maybe it’s food you’re looking for, just stop by one of the many food booths, attend the spaghetti feed or pancake breakfast.

Entertainment is what this is all about, shake a leg during the concert/dance, or register for the 5K run, dream a little at the car show, or try your skills climbing the tower.

Be sure to enter the little ones in the kid’s art contest, even your furry four legged friends can participate in the Dog show & wiener races. This event wouldn’t be complete without a parade. There’s something fun for everyone.

The Cowlitz River: The Cowlitz attracts anglers from all over the west coast and beyond. Visitors enjoy the spectacular fishing as well as the scenic setting of the river just hoping to set the hook on a Salmon, Steelhead or cutthroat trout. Abundant wildlife, healthy forests, and mountain peaks rise above this popular waterway. Don’t miss the fishing near Barrier Dam just east of Mossyrock—a favorite to the locals.

Mossyrock Swofford PondSwafford Pond: Another very popular pristine fishing destination located near the south shore of Riffe Lake; follow Mossyrock Road east out of town, then turn right on Swofford Road. With a year-round open season, this lake provides naturally reproducing populations of bluegill, crappie, largemouth bass, and brown bullheads.

Channel catfish have been stocked. Swofford also receives plants by Tacoma Power of several thousand catchable-size rainbow. There is an unimproved boat launching area. Internal combustion engines are not allowed, keeping this a peaceful & quiet destination.

Many of nature’s creatures call this area home. A bird watchers paradise, seek out the Osprey nests & watch bald Eagles soar over head. During early Spring you’ll see birds walk on water while performing exotic mating dances. Abundant herds of deer & elk roam the majestic forest lands & peaks that rise above the lake.

Be sure to exit I-5 at exit 68 traveling east on Hwy. 12 along the White Pass Scenic Byway to enjoy what some consider to be the “Best” of Lewis County.

I hope you enjoyed our little trip around beautiful Mossyrock…we’ll be visiting more of my little corner of the world over the next few weeks so stay tuned!

photos courtesy of White Pass Scenic Byway, with many thanks!

 

 


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