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Geography & Climate
Lewis County is situated halfway between Seattle and Portland on Interstate 5 and covers approximately 2,452 square miles. Greater Lewis County can be accessed by Highways 6 and 12 and includes many scenic locations and tourist attractions including Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument, Mount Rainier National Park, Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Mount Adams, Tatoosh Wilderness, Goat Rocks Wilderness, Riffe Lake, Mayfield Lake and Scanewa Lake. White Pass offers excellent skiing at The Veterans Memorial Museum, founded 4,500 feet elevation, and ocean in 1995, is dedicated to the men and women beaches are a one-hour drive west. who have served our nation in the armed forces during peacetime and war. The new Mount St. Helens volcanic facility was completed in July 2005 and activity has drawn high interest features a 9,000-square-foot main gallery to Southwest Washington and with more than 85 displays including Lewis County’s favorite landmark. uniforms, artifacts, military vehicles, a large The recovery of forested habitat military history library and video recordings and mountain ecosystem has of Veteran’s stories. A 3,000-square-foot made a remarkable comeback event and conference center is also available since the eruption of 1980. for reunions, conferences, seminars and The natural geography of the mountain makes for exciting exploring and hiking. receptions. Seeing history today is important to visitors and residents of Lewis County. The Lewis County Historical Museum, housed in the 1912 depot in Chehalis, invites you to honor the people, ideas and events that laid the foundation for our lives today featuring a scale-model railroad exhibit showcasing the railroad history of Lewis County, hands-on children’s area, research library including books and records on local history with an extensive collection of photographs and newspapers, and interactive exhibits designed for the whole family!
Lewis County has a generally moderate climate with warm, dry summers and mild winters. The average high temperature is 80° F in August and the average low temperature is 35° F in January. The area receives 50 inches of precipitation annually. //
Lewis County’s natural, varied landscape ranging from rolling hills to rugged terrain to lakes, rivers and streams makes for a beautiful landscape for river kayaking, whitewater rafting, fishing, hang gliding, mountain biking, horseback riding and off-road driving. Winter recreation is especially popular in Lewis County with hundreds of miles of trails Lewis County Centennial Businesses include for skiing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing or Summer kayaking in Lewis County. Security State Bank in Chehalis, Lincoln sledding. Whichever outdoor pastime you Creek Lumber in Centralia and The Chronicle enjoy most, Lewis County is sure to give you in Centralia. // plenty of options while taking in an incredible view of the area’s nature and geography. The Vintage Motorcycle Museum, located in the historic Hotel Washington, also in Chehalis, is home to original and fully restored pre-1916 motorcycles and an assortment of antique bicycles. This private museum’s showcases are filled with great memorabilia and historical photographs.
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