The Chehalis paints our fields a vibrant shade of green, especially in the Boistfort Valley and other agriculture-rich regions. It also carries Rainbow Falls through the Doty area, a small yet gently rushing waterfall that is so named for its spray creating a rainbow when the light hits it right.
Several recreational opportunities abound in areas near the river. Rainbow Falls State Park offers camping in close proximity to the river, and multiple fishing opportunities along the river’s edge abound. The Riverside Golf Club in Chehalis takes advantage of the river with picturesque scenery along its contours.
A newer recreational trail, the Discovery Trail, follows a 1.5-mile stretch of the river north of Centralia city limits along an area that has recently been replanted to help stabilize its shorelines.
Several activities are held in the Chehalis River each year, most notably the Pe Ell River Run which brings together intrepid adventure seekers in the springtime.
PUBLIC ACCESS AREAS
• Fort Borst Park – A boat launch is available on the back end of Fort Borst Park adjacent to the soccer fields on Pioneer Way. Owned and operated by the city of Centralia, this boat launch point is available during park hours. More information is here.
• Rainbow Falls State Park – Freshwater fishing is available along the banks of the Chehalis River at this park located just about 8 miles east of Pe Ell on State Route 6. Enjoy simply viewing the falls or hiking adjacent to the river too! More information available here.