Salkum and Silver Creek are two separate communities, but they're friendly neighbors that beckon to travelers as a place to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
Ever since the construction of Mayfield Dam in the 1960s, residents of Salkum and Silver Creek — and those who visit — have a front-row seat to some of the most placid and serene lake life in Washington state along Mayfield Lake. Take a boat out for the afternoon, visit Ike Kinswa State Park and hike the lake's shoreline, or park your RV (or pitch a tent, for that matter) at one of the area's many campgrounds.
The Cowlitz River, Mill Creek and other waterways make Salkum and Silver Creek a beautiful spot to enjoy a day or two. Both Salkum and Silver Creek are within two hours of the White Pass Ski Area, Mount Rainier National Park and the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.
How to get there: Take U.S. Highway 12 east from Exit 68 and go about 13 miles. To reach Silver Creek, take a left at State Route 123, which also provides access to Ike Kinswa State Park.