The area around Ike Kinswa State Park was originally inhabited by the Cowlitz Indians.
Their burial ground is located in the region. Many graves were relocated when the Mayfield
Dam backed water up into the canyon. The area was originally named Mayfield Lake State Park,
but the name was changed in 1971 to honor Ike Kinswa, a Cowlitz Indian who represented his people.
The Cowlitz produced coiled baskets with strong geometric designs.
These were made of bear grass, cedar root, horse tail root and cedar bark and were used to
gather berries and fruits. Such baskets were often repaired and kept through many generations.