Salkum is a small, rural residential unincorporated community with access to the Cowlitz River and Mayfield Lake for fishing, boating, and is home to salmon and trout hatcheries.
Salkum has a library, post office, grocery store, tavern and a fire department. Nearby is Mayfield Lake with a variety of camping and water sport activities as well as Ike Kinswa State Park and Tacoma Power’s Mayfield Park.
Named for: Cowlitz Indian word meaning “boiling water”, a reference to a nearby series of waterfalls on Mill Creek. Founded in 1881 as a sawmill town.
Home of: Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery
Elevation: 574 ft.
Location: 13 miles east of I-5 Exit 68 on U.S. Highway 12
Coordinates: 46° 31′ 55″ N, 122° 37′ 33″ W
Climate: July average high 64.3 degrees; January average low 36.2 degrees; 56 inch average precipitation
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