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Green River Gorge

Summer Swimming Hole

Summer Swimming Hole

Where the trail meets the river a giant rock spirals out of the deep green water like a whale.  White foam speckles the surface of the deep green color of the water.  At low water in July and August a rocky beach frames a deep green pool beneath the Whale rock.  A large flat rock sits in the middle of the pool.  Great for soaking up the sun on a hot day. 

Paradise Rediscovered

Paradise Rediscovered

The road winds down a long hill.  As it turns it passes a couple of houses, a spring spilling out of the hillside and what looks like an overgrown R.V. park.  The blinking light is a stop sign to either stop or go for cars on either side of a one lane bridge.  Only one car from either direction can cross the bridge at a time.  The Green River Gorge Road (or Lawson Road as it is known in Black Diamond) crosses over one of the most beautiful sections of the Green River Gorge…and one of the more accessible areas outside of Washington State Parks.

Volunteer on May 5th at the Green River Cleanup

Volunteer on May 5th at the Green River Cleanup

Join the 33rd Annual Green River Cleanup on May 5th, 2018.  You can still join us as an experienced whitewater boater or you can go with a Whitewater Company or as part of the ground crews.  Don't miss out on one of the most beautiful and fun river trips in Western Washington!

Join the 33rd Annual Green River Cleanup

Join the 33rd Annual Green River Cleanup

Join the 33rd Annual Green River Cleanup on May 5th, 2018.  You can still join us as an experienced whitewater boater or you can go with a Whitewater Company or as part of the ground crews.  Don't miss out on one of the most beautiful and fun river trips in Western Washington!

Join the 32nd Annual Green River Cleanup

Join the 32nd Annual Green River Cleanup

Next weekend is the the 32nd Annual Green River Cleanup on May 6th, 2017.  You can still join us as an experienced whitewater boater or you can go with a Whitewater Company or as part of the ground crews.  Don't miss out on one of the most beautifuland fun river trips in Western Washington!

Historic Franklin Tour

Historic Franklin Tour

Join the Black Diamond Historical Society.  They are conducting the final tour of the year of the former coal mining town of Franklin on Saturday, March 4.

Franklin was a company-owned coal mining town in the late 1800s and early 1900s. The town site was nestled alongside the Green River Gorge and has many cement foundations, a 1,300-foot coal mine shaft, cemetery, and other reminders of what it was like when coal was king in the King County area.

Green River Gorge, A Visual Journey

Green River Gorge, A Visual Journey

The first exhibition from my Green River Gorge Greenway documentary in Enumclaw Washington on Friday February 3rd was a success. 

2017 Photography Exhibition

2017 Photography Exhibition

The City of Enumclaw’s Gallery 2017 presents:
 
Photographer: Lisa Parsons
Green River Gorge: A Visual Journey

February 2, 2017 through February 28, 2017
 
Join Photographer, River Conservationist and Adventurer
Lisa Parsons
for a Gallery Opening
on Friday February 3rd from 3—5pm

Why Do Leaves Change Color?

Why Do Leaves Change Color?

Brilliant autumn color in western Washington is never a guaranteed as it is in other areas of the country on the drier side of Washington state.  No autumn is alike due to the influence of factors such as temperature and moisture before and during autumn. 

The Otter Shake

Who knew?  Guest appearances by two of our local otters in the Green River Gorge.

They're Here! Chinook Salmon

They're Here! Chinook Salmon

On September 14th I received a call from a fisherman friend of mine. He said "They're here!"

Updated Exploring the Upper Gorge

Updated Exploring the Upper Gorge

Luckily this section is a loop starting at the resort.  Getting to our starting point on the river is a bit interesting.  Approximately thirteen years ago a developer bought 4 sections of land from Plum Creek Timber.  Those 4 sections of land are like four sides of a box and essentially lie between Washington State Parks land and Department of Natural Resources land.  So in order to get to the river at the Jellum section of the State Park you have to walk along a chain link fence and through a gate at an old logging road.  You have to cross this private ownership to get to the public land. It is convoluted and is a good example of the challenges of accessing public land in this area.

Camping at Kanaskat State Park

Camping at Kanaskat State Park

Kanaskat State Park is located approximately 37 miles southeast of Seattle Washington.  It is located at the east end of the Green River Gorge at the base of the Cascade foothills.  It has a large campground and along the river is a day use area with covered picnic areas and three miles of trails.  It also is a popular launch point for experienced whitewater kayakers and rafters who consider the Green River Gorge one of the top whitewater runs in Washington state.

Happy Father's Day

Happy Father's Day

Today I hiked with my parents out to one of my favorite places in the Green River Gorge.  A deep river gorge created by timeless processes and intermixed with short human stories; both created by the flow of water through stone.  It is times like this, as I get older and realize that my parents won't be around forever, that I drink in the companionship and snap a photo in my mind for later on when they won't be there to follow me bravely down the trail.

In Search of Otter Poop

In Search of Otter Poop

Yesterday I spent the day as a guide and documentary photographer for a scientist, Michelle, doing an Otter study on the Green Duwamish river. Michelle, along with my friend Sylvia and I were scouting the Green River Gorge looking for signs of Northern River Otters. My knowledge of the landscape in the river gorge w/ Michelle's knowledge of otter signs led to three latrine sites. That was in one small section of the river.