About this location
Water trailLewis River and Vancouver Lake
- River Mile
Lewis River: River Mile 1.8 ish
- Parking Type
NO PARKING EXISTS AT THE SITE. The site is only valid for pick up and drop off.
- Parking Fee
- Tidal influence
Tidal influence is moderate. Tides and river levels can impact launch conditions.
- Launch Fees
The NW Lancaster Road right of way extends into the Lewis River just upstream of the railroad bridge crossing the Lewis River. The end of the pavement creates an abrubt at the launch that can be difficult to launch and land non-motorized boats at differing water levels. A gate exists at the site that warns that "trespassing on railway property is illegal." It is unclear whether the gate is closed at time. Non-motorized boaters should be careful to stay within the Lancaster Road right of way.
IMPORTANT - this site has private property on either side of the road and there is NO PARKING at the site. As such, boaters can really only be dropped off and picked up at the site.
Do not enter Gee Creek (just outside the mouth of Lake River and near the mouth of the Lewis River). Gee Creek is protected wildlife habitat (part of the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge) and borders private property. For more details go to Friends of the Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge website.
Watch out for submerged pilings, strong tidal influences, and sandbars in low water years at the mouth of the Lewis River. Many signs at the site warn of no trespassing. Private property exists on either side of the road. There is no parking at the site. The site is only for paddlers being dropped off or picked up.