The Tilton originates in the hills of the Cascade Range. Though it isn’t mentioned as frequently as the Cowlitz or Chehalis, it is a source of pride and refreshment for the people of East Lewis County who live along its banks, fish its waters or navigate its rapids. It’s also a wonderful piece of scenery that makes East Lewis County a picturesque haven for those seeking refuge in the out of doors.
PUBLIC ACCESS SITES
• Gust Backstrom Park — This park owned by the city of Morton offers river access for fishing and swimming. Camping is also available for a fee. For more information, visit the City of Morton’s website.
• Ike Kinswa State Park — Easily accessible from State Route 122, which follows the north end of Mayfield Lake, this state park is popular for its access to Mayfield Lake and the Tilton River. Complete with campgrounds, picnic areas and more, this park offers hiking trails and several river access points from which to launch a boat or even a canoe or kayak to drift peacefully along the river’s waters. For more information, click here.