Lewis River Recreation Area

Area Status: Closed
Picture of Middle Lewis Falls

Advanced reservations via Recreation.gov are required daily during the busy visitor season June 15 - September 06.  Reserved tickets must be purchased on-line and printed before you travel

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The Lewis River Recreation Area is a 10-mile corridor, situated alongside the Lewis River and Forest Road 90 within the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. This popular recreation area is located 26 miles east of Cougar, and 29 miles west of Trout Lake, WA. This area provides access to the popular Lewis River Trail #31, and associated waterfall viewing.

The area includes Lower Falls Campground & Day Use area, Lewis River Horse Camp, and parking areas associated with Crab Creek, Middle Falls, Platinum CreekUpper Falls (Quartz Creek), and Wright Meadows.

Visitors camping at Lewis River Horse Camp or Lower Falls Campground do not need a parking reservation to park at their site.

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At a Glance

Current Conditions: 11/03/2023: The LRRA parking regulation is not in effect at this time. The parking ticket requirement will resume sometime in June, 2024. The LRRA is a 10-mile corridor along FR 90 that begins at FR 9075 and ends just east of the Speed Trail. In the season Parking Reservation Tickets are required to park at designated Trailheads in this area. For further information contact the Mt. Adams Ranger Station, 509-395-3402.
Reservations: Advanced reservations via Recreation.gov are required daily during the busy visitor season from June 15 through September 6Reserved tickets must be purchased on-line and printed before you travel. To avoid a fine, the reserved ticket must be displayed on your dashboard while parked at one of the six designated parking areas
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Busiest Season: Summer
  • Maximum vehicle length is 22” length for Lower Falls Day Use Parking 
  • Parking reservations required June 15 through September 6. Parking outside of the designated parking areas is prohibited. 
Closest Towns: Cougar, WA; Trout Lake, WA 
Water: Water is available at Lower Falls
Restroom: Toilets at Lower Falls and Lewis River Horse Camp
Passes: A valid Recreation Pass is required at Lower Falls Day Use.
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Mount Adams Ranger District (509) 395-3400

General Information


From Cougar, Washington drive east on Highway 503 for about 33 miles to the campground. Just past the Pine Creek Information Center the highway intersects with Forest Road 25. Keep right at this intersection and stay on Highway 503. At the Forest Boundary Highway 503 becomes Forest Road 90. Continue east on Forest Road 90. The entrance to the Recreation Area will be signed.

From Trout Lake, Washington take Highway 141 west past the Ranger District office to Trout Lake Creek Road. Turn right on Trout Lake Creek Road and continue to the forest boundary where Trout Lake Creek Road becomes Forest Road 88. Stay on Forest Road 88, bearing to the right at the Big Tire intersection, to the tee intersection with Forest Road 90. Turn left on Forest Road 90 and continue to the Lewis River Recreation Area entrance which will be signed along the road. 


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2022- Lewis River Recreation Area vicinity map

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  Area/Length : 
10 miles