Lewis and Clark's Columbia River
Home Regions Campsites Penny Postcards My Corps of Discovery Image Index Links About This Site Main Menu
Lewis & Clark's Columbia River - "200 Years Later"
"East Fork Lewis River, Washington"
Includes ... Lewis River ... East Fork Lewis River ... Paradise Point State Park ... Daybreak Park ... Lewisville Park ... Lucia Falls ...
Image, 2006, East Fork Lewis River, click to enlarge
Click image to enlarge
East Fork Lewis River, from Paradise Point State Park. Image taken May 30, 2006.


East Fork Lewis River
The East Fork Lewis River has its headwaters near Green Lookout Mountain, and enters the mainstem Lewis River at River Mile (RM) 3.5.

Lewis River Watershed ...
The Lewis River is located on the Washington side of the Columbia River at River Mile (RM) 87.5. The watershed includes two large drainages, the North Fork Lewis and the East Fork Lewis, which converge approximately 3.5 miles upstream of the confluence with the Columbia. A half mile upstream is the Washington city of Woodland.

According to the Columbia Basin Fish and Wildlife Authority website (2004), the Lewis River watershed is approximately 93 miles long, has a total fall of approximately 12,000 feet, and drains an area of about 1,050 square miles. The headwaters arise on the southern flanks of Mount St. Helens and Mount Adams. Mount Adams is the highest peak in the basin at 12,307 feet, and Mount St. Helens is an active volcano. The majority of the Lewis River basin is forested, with an area of approximately 30 square miles of upper basin denuded by the eruption of Mount St. Helens in 1980. The major tributaries within the Lewis River system below Merwin Dam (RM 19.5) include the East Fork Lewis River, Johnson Creek, and Cedar Creek. The Lewis River drainage system is the result of geologic uplifting, volcanoes, and river flooding. The bedrock surrounding the three reservoirs is predominately younger Eocene to older Oligocene volcanic lava flows Oligocene volcaniclastic rocks, and Quaternary volcaniclastic deposits. The volcanic rocks have undergone regional compressional deformation with rock strata being folded by a major southeast plunging anticline and a southeast plunging syncline.



East Fork Lewis River, etc.

  • RM 1 ... Paradise Point State Park ...
  • RM 10 ... Daybreak Regional Park and Boat Launch ...
  • RM 15 ... Lewisville Regional Park ...
  • RM 19 ... Heissen ...
  • RM 21 ... Lucia Falls ...
  • RM 24 ... Moulton Falls ...
  • RM 32.5 ... Sunset Falls ...


RM 1 ... Paradise Point State Park ...
Paradise Point State Park is located on the East Fork Lewis River at River Mile (RM) 1. The park's 88 acres (another sources gives 96 acres) features camping and day-use, with 6,180 feet of freshwater shoreline. Paradise Point State Park was acquired in six parcels between 1958 and 1986. According to the Washington State Parks Website (2006):

"... Two stories claim credit for the park's name. In one story, local tribes used the area for encampment along the east of the Lewis River and called it "Paradise Point." In another, a motorboat club from Portland, Oregon used to travel to Kaner Rock on the Lewis River for river trips and camping. They called the quiet, peaceful area "Paradise Point." ..."

Image, 2006, East Fork Lewis River, click to enlarge
Click image to enlarge
Paradise Point State Park. Image taken May 30, 2006.
Image, 2006, East Fork Lewis River, click to enlarge
Click image to enlarge
East Fork Lewis River, Paradise Point State Park. Image taken May 30, 2006.
Image, 2006, East Fork Lewis River, click to enlarge
Click image to enlarge
Paradise Point State Park. Part of the day-use area. Image taken May 30, 2006.
Image, 2006, East Fork Lewis River, click to enlarge
Click image to enlarge
Paradise Point State Park. View looking under the Interstate 5 Bridge crossing the East Fork Lewis River. Image taken May 30, 2006.
Image, 2006, East Fork Lewis River, click to enlarge
Click image to enlarge
Older part of Interstate 5, Paradise Point State Park. View from the day-use area. Image taken May 30, 2006.


RM 10 ... Daybreak Park ...
Clark County's 77-acre Daybreak Regional Park and Boat Launch is located on the East Fork Lewis River a RM 10. The community of Battle Ground lies to the southwest.


RM 15 ... Lewisville Park ...
Lewisville Park is located in Battle Ground, Washington, and is located on the East Fork of the Lewis River at RM 15. Lewisville Park is Clark County's oldest regional park, established in the 1930s, and represents one of the areas most lasting and significant achievements of the Works Progress Administration. There are 154 rustic acres of forest and meadows with a 3-mile trail system meandering throughout the park. The rustic buildings in the park were designed by William J. Paeth. Lewisville Park was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1986 (District #86001202), and on the Clark County Heritage Register in 1987.

Image, 2016, East Fork Lewis River, click to enlarge
Click image to enlarge
East Fork Lewis River at Lewisville Park. View from Washington Route 503 heading north. Image taken October 19, 2016.
Image, 2017, East Fork Lewis River, click to enlarge
Click image to enlarge
East Fork Lewis River at Lewisville Park. View from Washington Route 503 heading south. Image taken June 30, 2017.
Image, 2013, East Fork Lewis River, click to enlarge
Click image to enlarge
East Fork Lewis River, looking upstream, from Lewisville Park. Image taken September 12, 2013.
Image, 2013, East Fork Lewis River, click to enlarge
Click image to enlarge
Reflections, East Fork Lewis River, at Lewisville Park. Image taken September 12, 2013.
Image, 2013, East Fork Lewis River, click to enlarge
Click image to enlarge
Reflections, East Fork Lewis River, at Lewisville Park. Image taken September 12, 2013.


RM 19 ... Heissen ...
Two "Heissen Bridges" cross the East Fork Lewis River at River Mile 19. The first bridge, a closed-spandrel arch bridge, was built in 1925 and closed to traffic in 1999 when the second, a concrete arch bridge, was built. Nearby is the "Henry Heisen House" and the "Heissen Store". The Henry Heisen House was listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places (#79002526) in 1979. The Heissen Store opened in 1907 and continues in operation today (2016).

According to "Place Names of Washington" (Hitchman, 1985):

"Heisen: Community 15 miles northeast of Vancouver north central Clark County. It was named for Alexander Heisen, who crossed the plains with an ox team in 1852. It is shown on some current maps, in error, as Heisson."

The U.S. Geographic Names Information System (GNIS) database lists "Heisson" as the official name with "Heison" being a variant.


Image, 2013, Heisson Store sign, click to enlarge
Click image to enlarge
Sign for Heisson Store, near Battle Ground Lake State Park, Washington. Image taken October 21, 2013.


RM 21 ... Lucia Falls ...
Lucia Falls Regional Park is a 24-acre park located on the north shore of the East Fork Lewis River, at RM 21.3. The park features beautiful picnicking and hiking areas with a view of steelhead leaping up the falls that give this park its name. Swimming and other types of water contact are not allowed because areas near the falls are sensitive fish spawning grounds. A 2.5-mile trail connects Lucia Falls Regional Park with Moulton Falls Regional Park.

"Lucia Falls is one of five named waterfalls along the East Fork Lewis River near Battle Ground. The falls drop about 15 feet over a channeled bedrock dam into a rather sizable pool. When the river runs low in the summer the falls are quite lackluster but during the wet season the river swells such that this waterfall can be quite impressive for its size."


Source:    Northwest Waterfall Survey, "waterfallsnorthwest.com" website, 2015.

Image, 2015, Lucia Falls, East Fork Lewis River, click to enlarge
Click image to enlarge
Salmon jumping, Lucia Falls, East For Lewis River, Washington. Image taken April 17, 2015.
Image, 2015, Lucia Falls, East Fork Lewis River, click to enlarge
Click image to enlarge
Salmon jumping, Lucia Falls, East For Lewis River, Washington. Image taken April 17, 2015.
Image, 2016, Lucia Falls, East Fork Lewis River, click to enlarge
Click image to enlarge
Salmon jumping, Lucia Falls, East For Lewis River, Washington. Image taken February 2016.


RM 24 ... Moulton Falls ...
Moulton Falls Regional Park is over 300 acres and is located at the confluence of the East Fork Lewis River with Big Tree Creek. The park features two waterfalls and an arch bridge more than three stories high. The park sits on both sides of the river, is heavily forested, and contains volcanic rock formations from early lava flows. It also is an historic Indian meeting grounds. A 2.5-mile long trail connects Moulton Falls Regional Park to Lucia Falls Regional Park.

The southern end of the Chelatchie Prairie Railroad excursion train is at Moulton Falls Regional Park. The revived tracks opened for travel in 2001 and passes through the small Washington community of Yacolt, famous for the second largest wildfire in Washington State history.

"Moulton Falls is the smallest of the five named waterfalls along the East Fork Lewis River, but also the easiest to access. The falls flume down a narrow trough, dropping over a series of potholes for about 10 vertical feet before the river mellows. When the East Fork runs high the falls swallow themselves up pretty well and it becomes more of a long rushing rapid than a waterfall, so if one is pressed for time, I would suggest skipping this waterfall and seeking out the better falls in the area."


Source:    Northwest Waterfall Survey, "waterfallsnorthwest.com" website, 2015.


Image, 2015, Moulton Falls, East Fork Lewis River, click to enlarge
Click image to enlarge
Moulton Falls, East Fork Lewis River. Image taken April 17, 2015.
Image, 2015, Moulton Falls Park, East Fork Lewis River, click to enlarge
Click image to enlarge
Moulton Falls Park, East Fork Lewis River. Image taken April 17, 2015.
Image, 2017, Moulton Falls Park, East Fork Lewis River, click to enlarge
Click image to enlarge
Stone steps, Moulton Falls Park, East Fork Lewis River. Image taken June 30, 2017.


RM 32.5 ... Sunset Falls ...
The U.S. Forest Service maintains the Sunset Falls Campground and Day Use Area on the East Fork Lewis River. The campground has a view of sunset falls and is in close proximity to the Silver Star Hiking area.

"Sunset Falls is the uppermost of a series of small waterfalls along the East Fork of the Lewis River. The falls drop about 18 feet into a large pool - though the height can be reduced at lower flows - in anywhere from one to as many as four distinct channels when flows permit. This waterfall is a popular spot for local kayakers and the pool below the falls serves as a good swimming hole when the river is more placid in the summer."


Source:    Northwest Waterfall Survey, "waterfallsnorthwest.com" website, 2015.

Image, 2015, Sunset Falls, East Fork Lewis River, click to enlarge
Click image to enlarge
Sunset Falls, East Fork Lewis River. Image taken April 17, 2015.


From the Journals of Lewis and Clark ...

Clark, November 5, 1805 ...
Rained all the after part of last night, rain continues this morning, I [s]lept but verry little last night [Post Office Lake, Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge] for the noise Kept dureing the whole of the night by the Swans, Geese, white & Grey Brant Ducks &c. on a Small Sand Island [one of the islands of the Ridgefield Refuge] close under the Lard. Side; they were emensely noumerous, and their noise horid- we Set out <at about Sun rise> early here the river is not more than 3/4 of a mile in width, passed a Small Prarie on the Stard. Side [quite possibly the location of today's Campbell Lake] passed 2 houses about 1/2 a mile from each other on the Lard. Side a Canoe came from the upper house, with 3 men in its mearly to view us, passed an Isld. Covered with tall trees & green briers [Bachelor Island] Seperated from the Stard. Shore by a narrow Chanel [Lake River or Bachelor Island Slough] at 9 [8?] miles I observed on the Chanel [Lake River or Bachelor Island Slough] which passes on the Stard Side of this Island [Bachelor Island] a Short distance above its lower point is Situated a large village [Cathlapotle Village, near where Lewis and Clark camped on March 29, 1806, a place now known as Wapato Portage], the front of which occupies nearly 1/4 of a mile fronting the Chanel, and closely Connected, I counted 14 houses in front here the river widens to about 1 1/2 miles. ...    about 1 1/2 miles below this village on the Lard Side behind a rockey Sharp point [Warrior Point, Sauvie Island], we passed a Chanel 1/4 of a mile wide [Multnomah Channel] which I take to be the one the Indian Canoe entered yesterday from the lower point of Immage Canoe Island [Hayden Island, at this point Lewis and Clark had not discovered Hayden Island and Sauvie Island were two separate islands]     a Some low clifts of rocks below this Chanel [St. Helens, Oregon], a large Island Close under the Stard Side opposit [Lewis River floodplain, home of Woodland, Washington, possibly more of an "island" in 1805 ???], and 2 Small Islands, below [today's Burke and Martin Islands], here we met 2 canoes from below,- below those Islands a range of high hills form the Stard. Bank of the river [Martin Bluff], the Shore bold and rockey, Covered with a thick groth of Pine     an extensive low Island [Deer Island], Seperated from the Lard side by a narrow Chanel, on this Island we Stoped to Dine I walked out found it open & covered with <Small> grass interspersed with Small ponds, in which was great numbr. of foul, the remains of an old village on the lower part of this Island, I saw Several deer ...     below the lower point of this Island [Deer Island] a range of high hills which runs S. E. forms the Lard. bank of the river the Shores bold and rockey & hills Covered with pine, [Lewis and Clark are passing Goble, Oregon, and the area around the Trojan Nuclear Power Facility     The high hills leave the river on the Stard. Side a high bottom between the hill & river [Kalama, Washington]. We met 4 Canoes of Indians from below, in which there is 26 Indians, one of those Canoes is large, and ornimented with Images on the bow & Stern. That in the Bow the likeness of a Bear, and in Stern the picture of a man- we landed on the Lard. Side & camped [near Prescott Beach, Oregon] a little below the mouth of a creek [Kalama River] on the Stard. Side a little below the mouth of which is an Old Village which is now abandaned-;     here the river is about one and a half miles wide. and deep, The high Hills which run in a N W. & S E. derection form both banks of the river the Shore boald and rockey, the hills rise gradually & are Covered with a thick groth of pine &c. The valley [Columbian Valley] which is from above the mouth of Quick Sand River [Sandy River] to this place may be computed at 60 miles wide on a Derect line, & extends a great Distanc to the right & left rich thickly Covered with tall timber, with a fiew Small Praries bordering on the river and on the Islands; Some fiew Standing Ponds & Several Small Streams of running water on either Side of the river; This is certainly a fertill and a handsom valley, at this time Crouded with Indians. The day proved Cloudy with rain the greater part of it, we are all wet cold and disagreeable- I saw but little appearance of frost in this valley which we call <Wap-pa-too Columbia> from the root or plants growing Spontaniously in this valley only ...     We made 32 miles to day by estimation-






Clark, March 28, 1806 ...
This morning we Set out verry early [from their campsite near Goble, Oregon] and at 9 A. M. arived at an old Indian Village on the N E side of Deer island [Deer Island] where we found our hunters had halted and left one man with the Canoes at their Camp, they arrived last evening at this place, and Six of them turned out very early to hunt, at 10 A. M. they all returned to camp haveing killed Seven Deer, those were all of the Common fallow Deer with a long tail [Columbian White-tailed Deer, currently being protected in the Julia Butler Hansen Refuge]. I measured the tail of one of these bucks which was upwards of 17 inches long; they are very poor, tho' they are better than the black tail Species of the Sea coast.     those are two very distinct Species of Deer.     the Indians call this large Island E-lal-lar, or Deer Island [Deer Island] which is a very appropriate name.     the hunters informed us that they had Seen upwards of a hundred Deer this morning on this island.     the interior of this Island is a prarie & ponds, with a heavy growth of Cotton wood, ash & willow near the river.     we have Seen more water fowl on this island than we have previously Seen Since we left Fort Clatsop [Fort Clatsop, where the men wintered over], ...     at after 10 A. M. it became fair and we had the Canoes which wanted repareing hauled out and with the assistance of fires which we had kindled for the purpose dryed them Sufficiently to receve the pitch which was imedeately put on them; at 3 in the evening we had them Compleated and lanced and reloaded.     we should have Set out but some of the party whome we had permitid to hunt Since we arrived heve not yet returned.     we determined to remain here this evening [near the northern end of Deer Island] and dry our bedding &c. the weather being fair. Since we landed here we were visited by a large Canoe with ten nativs of the Quathlahpohtle nation who are numerous and reside about fourteen Miles above us on the N E. Side of the Columbia [today within the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge] above the Enterance of a Small river which the Indians call Chh-wh-na-hi-ooks [Lewis River].     we saw a great number of Snakes on this island; ...     The men who had been Sent after the deer returned with four only, the other 4 haveing been eaten entirely by the Voulturs except the Skin. The men we had been permitted to hunt this evening killed 3 deer 4 Eagles & a Duck.     the deer are remarkably pore. Some rain in the after part of the day. we only made 5 miles to day.






Clark, March 29, 1806 ...
we Set out very early this morning [from their camp on Deer Island] and proceeded to the head of deer island [Deer Island, Oregon] and took brackfast. the morning was very cold wind Sharp and keen off the rainge of Mountains to the East Covered with snow [Cascade Mountain Range]. the river is now riseing very fast and retards our progress very much as we are compelled to keep out at Some distance in the Curent to clear the bushes, and fallin trees and drift logs makeing out from the Shore. dureing the time we were at Brackfast a Canoe with three Indians of the Clan-nar-min-na-mon Nation came down, ...     they reside on Wappato Inlet [Multnomah Channel] which is on the S W. side about 12 miles above our encampment of the last night [Deer Island] and is about 2 miles from the lower point, four other Tribes also reside on the inlet and Sluce which passes on the South W. Side of the Island [Sauvie Island], ...    we proceeded on to the lower point of the Said island [Sauvie Island] accompanied by the 3 Indians, & were met by 2 canoes of nativs of the quath-lah-pah-tal who informed us that the chanel to the N E of the Island [Sauvie Island, the other channel being today's Multnomah Channel] was the proper one. we prosued their advice and Crossed into the mouth of the Chah-wah-na-hi-ooks River [Lewis River] which is about 200 yards wide and a great portion of water into the columbia at this time it being high. The indians inform us that this river is crouded with rapids after Some distance up it. Several tribes of the Hul-lu-et-tell Nation reside on this river. at 3 oClock P. M. we arived at the Quath lah pah tle Village [Cathlapotle Village, today within the Ridgefield NWR, Carty Unit] of 14 Houses on main Shore to the N E. Side of a large island [Bachelor Island]. ...     we purchased wappatoe and Some pashaquar roots.     gave a Medal of the Small Size [Jefferson Peace Medal] to the principal Chief, and at 5 oClock reembarked and proceeded up [on Lake River] on the N E. of an Island [Bachelor Island] to an inlet [??? perhaps drainage from Carty Lake] about 1 mile [Lewis says 2 miles] above the village and encamped on a butifull grassy plac [Wapato Portage], where the nativs make a portage of their Canoes and Wappato roots to and from a large pond at a Short distance [Carty Lake]. in this pond [Carty Lake] the nativs inform us they Collect great quantities of pappato, which the womin collect by getting into the water, Sometimes to their necks holding by a Small canoe and with their feet loosen the wappato or bulb of the root from the bottom from the Fibers, and it imedeately rises to the top of the water, they Collect & throw them into the Canoe, those deep roots are the largest and best roots. Great numbers of the whistling Swan, Gees and Ducks in the Ponds. ...     we made 15 miles to day only.





Vancouver PlainsReturn to
Menu
 



SNAKE RIVER CONFLUENCE | COLUMBIA PLATEAU
COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE | VANCOUVER PLAINS | JOURNEY TO THE PACIFIC
CAMPSITES


HOME | REGIONS | PENNY POSTCARDS | MY CORPS OF DISCOVERY
IMAGE INDEX | LINKS | ABOUT THIS SITE


COLUMBIA RIVER IMAGES - HOME
NORTHWEST JOURNEY - HOME
NORTHWEST BIRDING
RIDGEFIELD NWR - BIRDS
COMPLETE BIRD LIST - PHOTOS
THE BARLOW ROAD
THE COLUMBIA RIVER HIGHWAY
WILDFLOWERS and WEED BLOSSOMS



*River Miles [RM] are approximate, in statute miles, and were determined from USGS topo maps, obtained from NOAA nautical charts, or obtained from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers website, 2003

Sources:    See Lewis River sources;    Plus:    "Bridgehunter.com" website, 2016;    Hitchman, R., 1985, "Place Names of Washington", Washington State Historical Society;    Northwest Waterfall Survey, 2015, "waterfallsnorthwest.com" website;    "The Reflector" online Newspaper, December 21, 2011, "Heisson Store in Battle Ground has new owners with big ideas";   

All Lewis and Clark quotations from Gary Moulton editions of the Lewis and Clark Journals, University of Nebraska Press, all attempts have been made to type the quotations exactly as in the Moulton editions, however typing errors introduced by this web author cannot be ruled out; location interpretation from variety of sources, including this website author.
/Regions/Places/lewis_river.html
© 2017, Lyn Topinka, "ColumbiaRiverImages.com", All rights reserved.
Images are NOT to be downloaded from this website.
July 2017