Lewis River - Mild to Wild in Clark County, WA

Real Estate Broker/Owner with ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors

A Tale of Two Rivers, Clark County WA

Lewis River Golf Course

We enjoyed Mother's Day brunch at the lovely Lewis River Golf Course clubhouse. Views of the surrounding greens, spring flowers, and the Lewis River made it a memorable spot to enjoy delicious food and good company.

The Lewis River is a tributary with two separate branches that merge into the Columbia River in Clark County, Washington.  The river is popular for its wide range of outdoor activities from a leisurely lunch at the Lewis River Golf Course along the North Fork to the wild cascading white water on the East Fork.  Either experience helps you appreciate the river’s reputation for pure waters and pristine settings.

The North Fork rushes headstrong out of Mt. Adams smack into the SwiftYale, and Merwin dams, then slowly meanders along the northern border of Clark County. The river is famous for its recreational boating and fishing for hatchery-raised steelhead. Steelhead East Fork Lewis River Its wilder sibling, the East Fork, crashes and winds unabated through canyons and waterfalls, earning its reputation for  challenging whitewater kayaking and native steelhead angling. The East Fork was recently designated a wild steelhead gene bank, halting the release of hatchery fish, marking it as a truly natural, protected river.


East Fork Lewis River Offers Wild Outdoor Adventure

Kayaker East Fork Lewis RiverKayakers will find challenging waterfalls and gorges with adventurous names like Screaming Left and Dragon’s Back along the middle run of the East Fork. For quieter activities, two parks along the East Fork offer easy, scenic hiking trails. Lucia Falls is a 24-acre regional park that features a hiking trail along the north shore and highlights the spectacular Lucia Falls. No swimming is allowed to protect the fish spawning grounds. Moulton Falls State Park, on the other hand, allows seasonal swimming, and offers several easy hiking trails on both sides of the river.


Homes Along the East Fork Lewis River

Homes along the East Fork range from quaint weekend cabins to large luxury homes for year-round residents. Last year, sold homes ranged in price from $75,000 to $622,000.  With new setback restrictions for building along the river, buildable lots are at a premium.  There are a limited number of spots available right on the water.

We currently have two listings that offer buyers the opportunity to build their dream homes right on the East Fork:

30803 NE Sunset Falls RD, Yacolt, WA 98675 (MLS # 14115252)


30815 NE Sunset Falls RD, Yacolt, WA 98675 (MLS # 14096101) 

Call us for more information.  360-608-4900

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Debb Janes  Bernie Stea
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We help buyers and sellers in Camas, Washougal, Brush Prairie/Hockinson, Salmon Creek, Felida, and other Vancouver, Washington Areas. 

We bring our passion for nature and beautiful environments to Real Estate. Multigenerational and family estates, country land and homes, and small farmsteads are our speciality.

We agree with our clients, "The true luxury of rural living is having elbowroom for the soul.


Comments (18)

Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I have dipped a lot of Smelt on the Lewis and Cowlitz rivers. You live in a wonderland; just minutes from so many outdoor sports...

May your upcoming week be fantastic!

Thank-you, Paul

May 12, 2014 12:53 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Good morning, Debb - what a beautifully written post.  This is part travelogue and part market report - I love it and feel as if I have been transported to a very magical place along the Lewis River.  

Happy Belated Mother's Day.  

May 12, 2014 12:57 AM
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

Good morning Debb.  You certainly live,work and play in what sounds to be a beautiful area of this grand land we call home.  One day Debbie, Dixie and I will have to make our way there.

May 12, 2014 12:57 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Thanks for that beautiful post, and I loved how you combined homes and lifestyle.  Well done, and the pictures are beautiful.  Big Ehugs to you, give my love to Sharon and Gayle. A

May 12, 2014 01:01 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Debb,  I would say you had a great Mother Day!

May 12, 2014 01:02 AM
Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

Debb, this is a very great post. Interesting, a point well done and kept me reading.

Have a nice day.

May 12, 2014 01:03 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Paul, yes, my Uncle used to a lot of smelting. I like to fly fish and the East Fork is a great spot for it...

Thanks greatly Michael.

We'll leave the light on for you Q-man. ;)

Hi Alexandra, I will. Looking forward to picking up Sharon at around 11:00AM. We will miss you, but the weather is grand and I'm excited for a pontoon ride and time to visit. Wish I could stay longer but business mandates I return tomorrow. Bummer.

May 12, 2014 01:04 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Noah, my husband wrote much of it for us. He's a good writer when I can get him to do it. Lol. I'll tell him you all are enjoying the read.

May 12, 2014 01:05 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Will, sorry I missed you. Had a wonderful Mother's Day. Thanks.

May 12, 2014 01:05 AM
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Debb, ah, the Lewis River! I remember golfing there and it was hilly with lots of trees--not easy for a new golfer, but it sure was a GORGEOUS setting! How cool that you have listings there. 

See you soon, my dear friend!!

May 12, 2014 01:49 AM
Adrian Willanger
206 909-7536 AdrianWillanger-broker.com - Seattle, WA
Profit from my two decades of experience

Hi Debb-I guess this really does make sense being in the shadows of several mountains you will have some great rivers. What a beautiful place to live. Enjoy the sunny day today!

May 12, 2014 02:38 AM
Tom White
Franklin Homes Realty LLC (615) 495-0752 or www.FranklinHomesRealty.com - Franklin, TN
Franklin Homes Realty LLC, Franklin TN

Debb, what a fabulous area to live! Lots along the river in that price point should be very enticing to those looking for nearby adventure.

May 12, 2014 02:57 AM
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Debb - Nice post! I have been lucky to spend a bit of time along the WA side of the Columbia in that area, and I've always been amazed at how quickly signs of civilization dwindle away, and what's left is beautiful.

May 12, 2014 06:29 AM
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

What great info on the Lewis River Debb, you are like the local historian.

May 12, 2014 08:11 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Debb, living on the Lewis River sounds like it would offers homeowners lots of outdoor activities as well as great fishing!

May 13, 2014 12:11 AM
Donald Hester
NCW Home Inspections, LLC - Wenatchee, WA
NCW Home Inspections, LLC

Debb, That is awesome. That is such a great area of the state. You made me remember some great times down there.

May 15, 2014 12:45 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Thanks all, I apprecate the visit and your comments. The Lewis River is gorgeous and provides a lot of enjoyment.

May 15, 2014 03:41 AM
Eric Crane -- Your Full Service, Discount Fee Realtor®
DPR Realty LLC - Gilbert, AZ
Greater Metro Phoenix Arizona

Hi, Debb -- what a beautiful locale and quite the spot for a kayak ride! 

May 17, 2014 12:48 AM