Parks & Recreation

Seasonal Reservations for Riverside Park 2021 will be opening in phases starting April 1st. The rest of the year is first come first serve. You need to be physically present to hold your site during the "off-season" . Home made signs can be removed and you will lose your spot. 

Reservation Dates 2021

Riverside Park Only

Reservations can be made Starting 

June         12-30

April 1st 2021

July           1-31   

May 1st  2021

August     1-31

June 1st  2021


Our Playgrounds are OPEN, but are play at your own risk. Please follow all COVID guidelines. 

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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)