Parks & Recreation


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Who are we? Cowlitz County Parks and Recreation Department is made up of 10 parks including Riverside Park, Harry Gardner Park and Campground, Wood Brook Park, Coweeman River Park, Public Shooting Range, Finn Hall historical site, Catlin Cemetery, Cook Ferry Trail System, Cougar Wayside and Statue, and the Coal Creek Boat Launch.

What is our mission? Meeting community and tourist needs by providing a safe unified system of parks, trails, recreation facilities and natural areas that maintains environmental stewardship and provides diverse recreational programs and opportunities.

What are our guiding principles?

  • Offer open space and park infrastructure that facilitates active and healthy lifestyles
  • Provide an environment that allows a variety of positive social interactions
  • Develop parks that accentuate and become a portal to the natural beauty of Cowlitz County
  • Practice, promote and preserve the historic and cultural heritage of Cowlitz County resources while being effective stewards of the land

Comprehensive Park Plan (PDF)