Washington Filmworks uses our Location of the Month newsletters to showcase the diversity of unique looks and resources for production in a number of jurisdictions around Washington State. Find previous installments archived on our website and on the WF Blog.

Morton – July 2015

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The charming city of Morton is located in the beautiful, tree-studded foothills of the Cascade Mountains, nestled between Mt. St. Helen’s, Mt. Adams and Mt. Rainier. Surrounded by never ending forests and pristine rivers, outdoor recreational activities abound. Main Street, with its historic storefronts and wide corridor, lends a unique, quaint ambiance to the town. Residents enjoy the quiet pace of country living with easy access to big city amenities: financial institutions, a full service grocery and deli, hardware stores, beauty salons, churches, restaurants, the local newspaper, college campus and a hospital. Morton is also home to the meticulously renovated, 200-seat, 1937 Roxy Theater which offers live performances, concerts, events, and current movies. The Morton Visitor’s Center, along with the restored 1911 Train Depot and the up-and-coming Interpretative Center, spotlighting local history, welcomes visitors. The major industries are manufacturing, timber, forest products and tourism.

For the past 73 years during the second weekend of August, the entire town celebrates the Logger’s Jubilee, known as “the Granddaddy of all Logging Shows.” Visitors come from all over Washington and neighboring states to enjoy the Jubilee, featuring Main Street parades, lawn mower races, a variety of logging contests and a Jubilee Queen Coronation. Whether as a resident or a visitor, Morton is a great place to be!

 Morton Weather

Photo credit: East Lewis County Journal

Photo credit: East Lewis County Journal

Morton is known for its mild climate. We have almost perfect summer weather.

Average temperature:
January – High 42.0 F Low 31.0 F
July – High 77.0 F Low 50.0 F

January Rainfall – 9.3 inches
July Rainfall – 1.0 inches
January Snowfall – 6.0 inches

Source: city-data.com

 Projects Filmed in Morton

Photo credit: East Lewis County Journal

Photo credit: East Lewis County Journal

The independent film, A Bit of Bad Luck, was filmed in Morton in 2013. This Washington Filmworks production incentive project was directed by John Furhman, and the film won the Award of Excellence in the Narrative Feature category and Best Cinematography at the Los Angeles Movie Awards.

Key Locations of Interest

Photo credit: East Lewis County Journal

Photo credit: East Lewis County Journal

  • Cowlitz Falls Campground
  • Beautiful Views of the Cascade Mountains
  • Historic Train Depot
  • Mayfield Lake
  • Morton Sheriff’s Department (jail cell)
  • Riffe Lake
  • Roxy Theater
  • The Interpretive Center
  • Taidnapam Park

Distance to Closest Large Washington Airport

  • Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is approximately 84 miles from Morton.

Distance to Closest Large City in Washington

  • Seattle is approximately 92 miles from Morton.
  • Tacoma is approximately 62 miles from Morton.
  • Olympia is approximately 69 miles from Morton.

 Relevant Contact Names and Information

  • Local Film Liason – Betty Hutchison, Community Manager, Morton Chamber of Commerce, (360) 496-5672,
  • Agency that issues permits and costs – Tammy Clevenger, City Clerk, City of Morton, (360) 496-6811,
  • Police or Sheriff’s Department or agency that handles traffic control –
    Contact the Morton Police Department inside city limits – (360) 496-6636 – Lewis County Sheriff’s Department (Intersecting Highways and Byways), (360) 748-9286


A full listing of accommodations in and around Morton can be found at:http://www.visitmorton.com/visiting/lodgingandcamping.html


1411 Fourth Ave., Suite 420
Seattle,WA 98101
(206) 264-0667
Washington Filmworks is the non-profit 501(c)(6) organization that manages the state film and production incentive programs. Its mission is to create economic development opportunities by building and enhancing the competitiveness, profile, and sustainability of Washington’s film industry. We do this by creating possibilities for local and national filmmakers, offering comprehensive production support, as well as financial incentives.