Cowlitz Falls (Bud Allen Park) Campground


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Just west of Randle, in Lewis county. (Roughly 80 miles or 2 hours southeast of Tacoma.)


The campground is located south of Highway 12.

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If coming from the east:


Cowlitz Falls is a large campground run by the Lewis County PUD.  The northern loop of campsites surrounds a very large area of mown lawn.  Sites A20-A29 are on the northern side of the loop and all should offer decent views.  Sites A23-A26 probably have the most open skies.  Trees to the south will block some of the lower southern constellations, but there is plenty of sky here!

See the campground map to get a better sense of the layout.

This site is on the edge of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, one of the darkest parts of the site.  As of February 2008, I have only been here in the day, but I'm sure this will be an excellent place for observing.  My only concern is light from other campers.  I am planning to take a tarp to setup as a screen when I go this summer in case this is a problem.

The campground does take reservations.  Go to the official campground website for more information about the site and to make reservations

Site Amenities - cell, water, toilet, etc.:

The campground has outhouses, garbage, and water.  Many of the sites have full hookups for RVs.  As a bonus, there is a nice set of play toys for smaller kids on the main lawns.

I was not able to get cell phone reception at the park.



Site A25B

looking east

The Main Row of Sites

looking south

Looking South - The trees are fairly small.

play area


sat photo

Satellite Photo from Terraserver.

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