The Chehalis River is a beautiful 31km long river that runs from Chehalis Lake into the Harrison River through a steep windy valley. Most of the river is tough to access and requires a fairly difficult hike on the hills above. Accessing
the river from these trails can be even harder, trying to navigate down rock faces can feel like your rock climbing, so its a good idea to bring a friend, just in case. But since the spots easy to access are generally packed during peak times its definitely
worth the time to hike to a spot and chances are you will have the place to yourself. The easiest access to the River is south of Morris Valley road. There are two trails leading down one at the hatchery which offers parking daily from 8am to 4pm. The second
is the Chehalis Fishing trail which follows the River and offers more access to the River. This river blows out very easily when it rains but clears up quickly. Water levels also rise fast and unexpectantly so use caution. In mid June a small run of Steelhead
passes through and average 7lbs so light gear is ideal. Coho have a late run through this river starting in September through to December. In the winter a second run of Steelhead come through the river but it can be a difficult fish you have to catch the river
at just the right time to get good water levels and clarity. There are also resident cutthroat and rainbows in this river as well.