Wahkiakum County is for exploring
Wahkiakum County was created by the territorial legislature in 1854. The name comes from a Kathlamet Indian village located on the north bank of the Columbia River near the present town of Cathlamet. Chief Wakaiyakam, whose name the village took, is buried in Pioneer Cemetery in Cathlamet. Wahkiakum means “tall timber” in Chinook.
Lewis & Clark spent nearly a week here in November 1805 on their trip to the Pacific Ocean. Not surprisingly, they enjoyed some rainy days here, traded with the local tribes and got their first glimpse of the ocean from the hills here.
You can follow in their footsteps here and create some footprints of your own while you explore Wahkiakum County.
Discover Unlimited Beauty
More than just fishing, Wahkiakum County offers places to hike, bike, golf, kayak, geocache, swim, play disc golf, take scenic drives and so much more.
The Julia Butler Hansen Refugefor the Columbian White-tailed Deer, is a beautiful piece of preservation along the Columbia. birds, deer, beaver, elk, you name it! Visitors can bike, drive, walk, jog and even kayak through this local treasure!
Call us to receive maps of cycling routes. We have some of the best cycling in America, from smooth easy Puget Island, to our scenic and wild routes!
Click here for a scenic drive that includes beautiful Wahkiakum County!
Sportsmen and women from all over the united stats travel to our County to fish for our famous spring Salmon, steelhead and trout. The Columbia River is famous for its fish, and fly fishing for trout is some of the best in the states.
Stuff to do
Lewis & Clark Trail
River Life Interperative Center
Grays River Bridge
White Tail Deer Preserve
Shop & Eat
The Spar Restaurant and Bar
The Pizza Mill
River Mile 38 Brewing Co.
The Cathlamet Market
Finders Keepers Antiques and More
The Freedom Market
The Cathlamet Pharmacy and Gifts
County Line Park
The Villa at Little Cape Horn
Dahlia House B&B
The Inn at Crippen Creek Farm
Pillar Rock Retreat
South Welcome Slough Lodge