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Jerry

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Oct 22, 2007
 
Anyone know if Kapowsin lake is natural or manmade or have any history on it? What's on that Island anyhow?
Zeek

Graham, WA

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Nov 25, 2007
 
Jerry-near as I remember it, around the same time Columbus was landing on the other coast, there were a few un-documented events over here. Mt. Rainier lost one of her sloping sides...basically the N.W. corner. There wasn't an eruption, but some how all the snow pack, rock, dirt, etc. came crashing down this direction. It is now refered to as the electron mud slide, or lahar. It filled in many valley areas, blocked creeks and small rivers, and flowed clear down the tide flats filling that area in and providing the smooth surfaces we now see. There's alot of history about that lake, the logging, the railway, and all sorts of tid-bits scattered across the web, but the USGS site has the best starting info for how the lake came to be. Go to the USGS home page and look up electron and/or kapowsin, you may find some interesting info there. I assume you fish the lake, if so, good luck and enjoy. Maybe I'll see you out there some day. Zeek
Deb

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#3
Aug 26, 2009
 
Hi Zeek. My husband is a lifelong resident of the area and he swears that there was once a dance hall on a warf on Lake Kapowsin. I've been up and down Orville Rd., and as far around the lake as I can manage & can see no remnants of such dance hall. Do you know anything about it? Thanks!
Thumper

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Jun 17, 2010
 
I've been fishing at Kapowsin since I was a kid, back in the 50's. Missed a few years while in the Marine Corps, but...
Lake kapowsin is a volcano made lake, back from the days when the original homeland security tried to stop illegal immigration around 1492...
Mount Rainier was acting up and they had what is called the Electron Flow, also known as mud, ash, rocks, etcetera, go flowing all over the area and changed all sorts of stuff, including making Lake Kapowsin.
Some of the trees and stumps out there in the lake have been there since then. Used to be a mill out there too, that had lots of lumber tied up in rafts for usage and a lot of those "got away" and drifted around and sank.
The lake has changed over the years. We used to go down to Voss' Resort and stay in a cabin the night before opening day and I'll always remember, whenever we asked ol' man Voss what was working for bait, well, it was whatever he had the most of in the store...lol
We used to go there just about every other weekend to fish. The in between weekends were always up in the mountains, fishing.
Anyhow, the stumps are still there,but not quite as many are visible as there used to be and there's no logs in a holding area for the mills or anything like that anymore. Don't get me wrong, there's still a LOT of stumps out there, most of them just below the surface, and they just love to eat tackle or bump into your boat.(not a good place for fiberglass boats...)
The fishing is still good though, if you hold your tongue just right, and the stories and mysteries of that lake have been around since I was a kid and will probably be going on long after I'm gone, all the way from monsters in the lake to bigfoot on the shore.
The woodpeckers sound like machine gun fire early in the mornings and the frogs make lots of noise and splashes at the evening hours and every once in a while, you'll get a big fish.
Usually just pansize trout, but I've had a few over 17 inches and one of my dad's friends, Don Wilson, got one that was 26 inches and a little over 8 pounds, back in the 60's. That fish sat at West Seattle Sporting Goods store in their display case out front for the rest of that weekend and they had pictures of it at the resort.
I'm sure somewhere in that lake, there's another fish like that. I'll be trying to catch it again this weekend...
ronnie

Graham, WA

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Aug 27, 2010
 
Jerry wrote:
Anyone know if Kapowsin lake is natural or manmade or have any history on it? What's on that Island anyhow?
yes it is man made this is loggin country thats way the tracks are so close thats why you see alot of logs over by ericsons boat launch and theres nothing really on the island good fishing hole if you ask me caught over 50 cats last year in 1 night
Lori Haun

Puyallup, WA

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#6
Sep 1, 2010
 
Kapowsin Lake was originally started from a beaver dam on the river that ran through it. It connected with Ohop Lake. There are pictures out there I saw, while interviewing some of the original settlers, or children of them, of men straddling rowboats with two-men saws, trying to saw down trees while in the water.
The lake was named after an indian chief named Kapousen, who was friendly towards the early settlers.
curt

Spanaway, WA

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May 1, 2011
 
kapowsin lake is a man made lake. it was done back when the lumber mill was up and running. some of the concret building is still there. some of the pillings are still visible from the rail track that whet across the lake that brought down the logs from the camps up in the mountains. the old engine is still at the bottom of the lake. the tressel that spaned the lake gave way and toppled the engine and cars carring olgs into the lake. this was such a finacial blow to the mill it ended up shutting down. after this the beavers moved in and kind of took over for several years. behind the island you can still see them from time to time. there is a very large den there and fresh work is seen sometimes on it. not much on the island, just a few camp sites . eriksons is still in buisness but since the new launch it dosnt do very well. the renters ran that place into the ground and let a large heating oil tank leak into the lake for many years. erikson ended up taking control again and cleaned it up again. in the boat house there are many pictures, or there used to be, of how the lake looked back when the mill was working. i still catch large fish out of that lake, 21- 26 inchers in a deep spot i found many years ago. good fishing,,,,,,
BFbush beater

Gig Harbor, WA

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May 7, 2011
 
The remains of the brothel or old "dance hall " are still standing. Go down to the boat luanch face the lake and about 200ft to your right is where it's at. There is a fence there now but I think there is an opening, follow the old road/trail and you will find it . It sits in the brush near the lakes edge. It's not much to look at but it's there.
Oh yea and it's my understanding that only half of the lake is man made.
Patrick Southern

Santa Clara, CA

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#9
Jun 7, 2011
 
Kapowsin lake was a river until a big mudflow came down from mt rainere and dammed it up 500 years ago. the island simply has a bunch of campsites on it. i've also seen deer swimming to and from it
Mac

Bonney Lake, WA

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Jun 21, 2011
 

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Does anyone have any information on the history of the property just Northeast of Orville Road, Kapowsin/Graham area (between OK Hwy and Orville & 264th and Orville/Kapowsin Hwy/304th). I was wondering because some of the residents including myself have had different "entities and energies" in and around there houses (some not very pleasant) and many are mobile homes not very old. Didn't know if there were any burial grounds or anything that are associated with this area.
Lori Haun

Graham, WA

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Jun 27, 2011
 
The corner of what used to be a town called Electron, sits just north of the intersection at the end of the lake. There used to be a Civilian Conservation Corp. building just before you go up the hill to the Electron dam. The chimney still stands and if you take time to look, there are all kinds of marks, numbers, letters, etc. in that chimney, including the national emblem with the post number they were assigned.
My daughter and I and a friend took some pictures of that chimney and lo and behold, my daughter captured some orbs on her camera and some very "shadowy" figures. We had kind of an eerie feeling about that place as we were taking the pictures. I am not sure of anything bad happening there tho.
Mac

Bonney Lake, WA

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Jun 28, 2011
 
Thank you Lori, that's interesting!
Roberta M

Seattle, WA

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Jul 12, 2011
 
Lori Haun wrote:
The corner of what used to be a town called Electron, sits just north of the intersection at the end of the lake. There used to be a Civilian Conservation Corp. building just before you go up the hill to the Electron dam. The chimney still stands and if you take time to look, there are all kinds of marks, numbers, letters, etc. in that chimney, including the national emblem with the post number they were assigned.
My daughter and I and a friend took some pictures of that chimney and lo and behold, my daughter captured some orbs on her camera and some very "shadowy" figures. We had kind of an eerie feeling about that place as we were taking the pictures. I am not sure of anything bad happening there tho.
Went by that chimney and fireplace today 7/12/2011. Was looking for the town of Electron, guess I found it. Verry cool.
Paula

Cascade Locks, OR

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Jul 21, 2011
 
K, I live very close to the intersection of 304th and oroville rd where the blinking red light is. I have never seen any chimney, can you better describe where it might be? I'm very interested in the history of this town because I have heard so Many different stories, including that the whole town was originally burnt down by the unhappy women that worked at the brothel!! Crazy?!! This is the first I have heard of there being a train at the bottom of the lake, I wonder about that one too.
Roberta M

Seattle, WA

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Jul 23, 2011
 
When my husband and i visited the old chimney near Electron, on July 12 2011 I took several photos with my little camera. In the last image I took, there are several orbs, two were close to the fireplace one behind a limb and another near the ground in front of me. Maybe some of the residents are still around.
I want to go back.
Max G

Tacoma, WA

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#16
Jul 28, 2011
 
My stepfather was born in 1970 in Kapowsin, lived there his whole life and is relatively knowledgeable on the area. I've heard from him, and other long time residents of the area, that there's still a train at the bottom of Lake Kapowsin, anyone know if there is any truth to this?
Diane A

Eatonville, WA

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#17
Aug 9, 2011
 
My Mom was born in Graham in 1920: my Dad came here from California in 1935 and I have heard Graham/Kapowsin History all my life. Interesting about the Train at the bottom of the lake and foundations still standing. I am wondering if anyone remembers the Cabins that Jack Shea had at the Northwest end of the lake. My Great Uncle Milt stayed there many times and I can remember visiting he there. Would love to hear from you if you have any info.
Marilyn

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#18
May 8, 2012
 
Charles Voss was my grandfather, how I love Lake Kapowsin!
Thumper wrote:
I've been fishing at Kapowsin since I was a kid, back in the 50's. Missed a few years while in the Marine Corps, but...
Lake kapowsin is a volcano made lake, back from the days when the original homeland security tried to stop illegal immigration around 1492...
Mount Rainier was acting up and they had what is called the Electron Flow, also known as mud, ash, rocks, etcetera, go flowing all over the area and changed all sorts of stuff, including making Lake Kapowsin.
Some of the trees and stumps out there in the lake have been there since then. Used to be a mill out there too, that had lots of lumber tied up in rafts for usage and a lot of those "got away" and drifted around and sank.
The lake has changed over the years. We used to go down to Voss' Resort and stay in a cabin the night before opening day and I'll always remember, whenever we asked ol' man Voss what was working for bait, well, it was whatever he had the most of in the store...lol
We used to go there just about every other weekend to fish. The in between weekends were always up in the mountains, fishing.
Anyhow, the stumps are still there,but not quite as many are visible as there used to be and there's no logs in a holding area for the mills or anything like that anymore. Don't get me wrong, there's still a LOT of stumps out there, most of them just below the surface, and they just love to eat tackle or bump into your boat.(not a good place for fiberglass boats...)
The fishing is still good though, if you hold your tongue just right, and the stories and mysteries of that lake have been around since I was a kid and will probably be going on long after I'm gone, all the way from monsters in the lake to bigfoot on the shore.
The woodpeckers sound like machine gun fire early in the mornings and the frogs make lots of noise and splashes at the evening hours and every once in a while, you'll get a big fish.
Usually just pansize trout, but I've had a few over 17 inches and one of my dad's friends, Don Wilson, got one that was 26 inches and a little over 8 pounds, back in the 60's. That fish sat at West Seattle Sporting Goods store in their display case out front for the rest of that weekend and they had pictures of it at the resort.
I'm sure somewhere in that lake, there's another fish like that. I'll be trying to catch it again this weekend...
Marilyn

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#19
May 8, 2012
 
Charles Voss was my grandfather, what a hunter and fishman he was. I miss him and the Lake.
snowmanlover

Hollywood, FL

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Jul 2, 2012
 
curt wrote:
kapowsin lake is a man made lake. it was done back when the lumber mill was up and running. some of the concret building is still there. some of the pillings are still visible from the rail track that whet across the lake that brought down the logs from the camps up in the mountains. the old engine is still at the bottom of the lake. the tressel that spaned the lake gave way and toppled the engine and cars carring olgs into the lake. this was such a finacial blow to the mill it ended up shutting down. after this the beavers moved in and kind of took over for several years. behind the island you can still see them from time to time. there is a very large den there and fresh work is seen sometimes on it. not much on the island, just a few camp sites . eriksons is still in buisness but since the new launch it dosnt do very well. the renters ran that place into the ground and let a large heating oil tank leak into the lake for many years. erikson ended up taking control again and cleaned it up again. in the boat house there are many pictures, or there used to be, of how the lake looked back when the mill was working. i still catch large fish out of that lake, 21- 26 inchers in a deep spot i found many years ago. good fishing,,,,,,
This is how i remember Lake Kapowsin. We went camping and fishing every wekend. As us kids grew older we helped Mr. Ericson in the bait store. and always had free chickn eggs.

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