Campground: Lower Falls

Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed

Lower Falls Campground is located in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. Visitors enjoy several waterfalls in the area and access to the Lewis River Trail. The campground is open from May till October.

The campground is just off the Lewis River at an elevation of 1300 feet. The campground road is paved and shaded by large evergreen trees. There are trails down to the Lewis River and falls area.

Near the campground are several trailheads that provide visitors with a variety of recreational opportunities. There are hiking trails, mountain bike trails, horse trails, and motorcycle trails within 10 miles of the campground.

The Lewis River contains Rainbow Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Whitefish, and Bull Trout. The area is catch and release only.

Lower Falls Campground offers 43 standard sites that accommodate both tents and RVs (60 feet), but no hookups are available. Picnic tables and campfire rings with grills are provided, as are composting toilets and drinking water.

There are falls viewing opportunities at Lower Lewis River Falls, Curly Creek Falls, Big Creek Falls, and Middle Falls, all within 15 minutes of the campground.

Hiking trails within 10 miles include trail #31 Lewis River, Trail #5 Quartz Creek, and trail #80 Wright Meadows.

There is overflow camping less than 5 miles north at the Lewis River Horse Camp.

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At a Glance

Current Conditions: 10/20/2014 Closed and gated.
Reservations: No reservations are taken at this campground. All sites are first-come-first-served.
Fees Family sites - $15 Double sites (Site # 35 and #28) - $30 Group site (Site #21) - $35
Usage: Medium
Best Season: Summer and Fall
Busiest Season: Summer
Restrictions: Maximum vehicle length is 60 feet.
Closest Towns: Northwoods, WA
Water: Potable Water
Restroom: Compost Toilet (4)
Passes: A Northwest Forest Pass is required for day use. Passes are available.
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Mt. St. Helens Surrounding Area See also: Lower Falls Day Use Picnic Site

General Information


From Portland or Seattle take I-5 to exit 21 for WA-503 E toward Woodland/​Cougar. WA-503 will turn into FR 90, turn right just past Pine Creek Visitor Center. Lower Falls Campground will be on your right hand side after you pass mile marker 28 on FR 90.


This site is flat and paved with paved and dirt trails leading to viewing areas.

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