Cowlitz
Wildlife Area Location

CONTACT INFORMATION
Mark Grabski
Manager
P.O. Box 758
Morton, WA 98356
(360) 496-6223

 
Wildlife Areas
Cowlitz Wildlife Area
Kosmos Unit
The Kosmos unit is 750 acres on the east end of Riffe Lake. It is managed for black-tailed deer, bald eagles, and waterfowl, and riparian forest, riparian shrub and emergent wetland habitats in general. In addition to several large fields that are hayed by contractors to maintain forage values, there are ponds and forest/shrub corridors. Three perennial creeks that flow into this unit are managed for cavity-nesting species and salmonids. A proposed project to create a 40-acre impoundment will provide additional emergent wetland habitat to benefit dabbling ducks, amphibians, and other wildlife. Pen-reared pheasants are released for fall hunting. A hang-glider landing zone is located along the dirt shoreline of Riffe Lake.
Viewing Opportunities

Birds

  • Birds of Prey
  • Eagles
  • Shorebirds
  • Songbirds
  • Upland Birds
  • Waterfowl
  • Mammals

  • Bear
  • Deer
  • Elk
  • Small Mammals
  • Other

  • Reptiles/Amphibians
  • How to Get Here
    Access Site #1
    Driving Directions
    From I-5: Head east on US Highway 12 (36.3 mi), Turn right at Kosmos Rd (0.2 mi), Take sharp left at Champion Haul Rd (1.8 mi)
    Parking/Restroom Information
    Parking available Restroom available
    Other Information
    No restrictions
    Unique Features
    Nearby boat launch. This unit is a Pheasant release site
    Other Information
    Hunting occurs on this unit during legal seasons so safe practices should be observed when visiting.
     
       OTHER INFORMATION
    Cowlitz Wildlife Area Management Plan
    Wildlife Area Habitat Conservation Plans
    Weekender Report
    Wildlife Viewing Guides
    Accessing Washington's Outdoors
    Find a Water Access Site
       MAPPING
    GoHunt - Interactive Mapping
       OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES
    • Bird watching
    • Boating
    • Camping
    • Dog walking
    • Fishing
    • Hiking
    • Hunting
    • Wildlife viewing
     

    If you are Hunting or Fishing, remember to check all current regulations.

    Activities may include restrictions or require permits. Please see Public Conduct Rules for more information.