PacifiCorp to reopen camping areas on the Lewis River

PORTLAND, Ore. — In response to updated public health directives from Washington Governor Jay Inslee and with Cowlitz County in Phase II of its COVID-19 reopening process, PacifiCorp is expanding access to the popular series of day use areas, boat ramps and campgrounds along the Lewis River in southwest Washington beginning May 29.  

PacifiCorp owns and manages hydroelectric resources that offer clean, affordable energy for customers, as well as a variety of public recreation opportunities. The facilities provide boating, swimming, camping and picnicking opportunities.

The Beaver Bay, Cougar Park and Cresap Bay campgrounds are ready for use. Campers with reservations will be notified and advised that camp sites are ready, restroom facilities are available, and camp hosts are on site and available to help guests have a safe and enjoyable experience.

Per Washington state guidelines, each campsite will be limited to five people. Group camping will not be opened at this time (awaiting Phase III). PacifiCorp appreciates the cooperation of the public as we work to maintain these opportunities while observing social distancing and safety guidelines.

These conditions will remain in effect until Cowlitz County enters Phase III of Washington’s Phased Approach or the WA Department of Health revokes the county’s Phase II status. PacifiCorp reserves the right to close campgrounds if conditions warrant closure due to non-compliance with state directives.

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PacifiCorp operates as Pacific Power in Oregon, Washington and California.