Views of Nature as Neighbors - East Fork Lewis River

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East Fork Lewis River

With Memorial Day right around the corner, thoughts of summer and spending time on the East Fork of the Lewis River come to mind.  This pristine waterway has been designated as a wild steelhead gene bank, ending years of stocking with hatchery fish.  This will give the wild fish a chance to reproduce and thrive without competition, maintaining the river's true "wild" status.  

Unlike many rivers in the West, the East Fork is one of the few that is not dammed or diverted. So, it is a popular whitewater and kayaking river. Running the East Fork gives paddling adventurers big, relatively easy rapids, chutes and even waterfalls. Kayaking enthusiasts claim that the parts of the East Fork are the perfect body of water for novice paddlers wanting to get started. Every year in April, the Northwest Creeking Competition holds major whitewater events just upstream from this spot, where kayakers can be seen negotiating the dramatic Sunset Falls

Locals, residents from nearby towns, or visitors from the Portland/Vancouver area also visit the river during the summer months for swimming, canoeing and rafting. There are plenty of parks to choose from whether you want a daily picnic spot, or an overnight camp site.  Camp sites range from full service to primitive.  Imagine pitching your tent in the middle of an old growth forest! 

Hiking is also a popular activity in the East Fork area, and Bells Mountain Trail is one our family favorites. This 4.2 mile trail is great for hiking, mountain biking, and trail running.  You’ll enjoy waterfalls, seasonal wildflowers and river views.  The trail is rated as moderate and is snow-free from about February until November. 

If you dream of having your own land to camp or fish, or even build a family retreat along the East Fork of the Lewis River, call us.  We have a .45 acre piece of property right on the river that will be listed soon.  


Posted by

Debb Janes  Bernie Stea
Call or Text 360-608-4900

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 (15)

Patricia Kennedy
RLAH@Properties - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

That water is so clear you can see the bottom in the photo!  No wonder the fish like it.  But I clicked the Sunset Falls link, and not sure I'd be up for negotiating that in a kayak or canoe!  

May 21, 2016 02:33 AM
Debb Janes

Aw come on,  put on your water wings and let's go. 

May 21, 2016 02:47 AM
Mimi Foster
Falcon Property Company - Colorado Springs, CO
Voted Colorado Springs Best Realtor

You did a wonderful job of capturing the crystal clear essence of your location. And the waiting boat is so inviting. You just keep getting better.

May 21, 2016 02:44 AM
Debb Janes

Thanks Mimi, we appreciate your kind words. This is a photo from a few years ago, but it remains a favorite. D

May 21, 2016 02:47 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Debb- I've been staring at your picture of the beautiful East Fork Lewis River and thinking about what it must have been like years ago.  It's  nice to know that there efforts have been made to conserve this beautiful area. 


May 21, 2016 03:58 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Debb and Bernie,

Beam us up, it would be fun to explore with you and ride the rapids.  It has been a while since we have done something like that.  A

May 21, 2016 04:38 AM
Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

Hi Debb & Bernie stunning photo, you make me want to come to East Fork Lewis River right away.

May 21, 2016 04:47 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi Debb and Bernie -- an idyllic setting, the right image and the words to match -- it certainly seems you have captured the essence of East Fork Lewis River.   No surprise there.  Have a wonderful weekend.

May 21, 2016 05:14 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services

Debb & Bernie ... as I sit and gaze at the photo of the East Fork of the Lewis River I can envision myself sitting at the river's edge ... just being one with nature. It's nice to not it is not dammed and it can truly be enjoyed for what it is and the experience it provides for fun, fishing and relaxing. 

May 21, 2016 05:59 AM
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Debb & Bernie - What a lovely photo - I don't think our lake kayak would do too great in the rapids, but a walk along the river would be wonderful. I can't wait to see your listing.

May 21, 2016 08:02 AM
Debb Janes

It's just land, Dick. Waiting for somebody's little cabin...

May 22, 2016 08:27 AM
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Gosh, this is another bit of heaven out your way! I loved the photo so much that I put it on my "Relax!" pinterest board. The way you describe it is visually enchanting. 

I played golf MANY years ago at a course on The Lewis River, if I recall correctly. It was hilly and gorgeous. 

May 22, 2016 08:37 AM
Alan Kirkpatrick
Austin Texas Homes - Round Rock, TX
Alan in Austin

Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD 

Awesome picture you really captured the beauty. Have a wonderful week. 

May 22, 2016 01:32 PM
Amanda S. Davidson
Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty - Alexandria, VA
Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale

Debb, I could never get tired of the views your area has. Your pictures always make me want to come and visit. It's just breathtaking!

May 22, 2016 11:06 PM
Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert
Zion Realty - Gilbert, AZ
Broker/Owner of Zion Realty

Such a peaceful and serene setting. I could spend many days in and around that water!

May 23, 2016 12:34 AM
Debb Janes
Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
Put My Love of Nature At Work for You

Thanks all for the lovely comments. We were once going to build here, had an acre at one point. Sold 1/2 and now this one - the need to be elsewhere has taken precedence. Oh well, hope somebody else gets to live in their paradise. 

May 23, 2016 01:49 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

You are very lucky to live and work in such a beautiful area.

May 23, 2016 03:25 AM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Pretty scene and would be so peaceful to spend time on a summer's eve

May 23, 2016 12:05 PM