Welcome to Wahkiakum County
Nestled between the wooded coastal mountains and the Lower Columbia River, you can find a classic American town that personifies the lifestyles of the Pacific Northwest. Walk the quaint downtown businesses, explore the many waterways or meander along nature trails surrounded by elk, deer and eagles in flight. Come join in one of our exciting events or enjoy a quiet weekend discovering the best of what rural Washington has to offer.
Dock, Launch, Explore and More!
We have two ports to serve the many needs of boaters, campers and sports enthusiasts. Watch the Kite Festival at Vista Park while camping in a yurt. Cozy up to the dock at the Elochoman Marina and wander through the Farmers Market. Sail or kayak the inlets on sunny days. Watch the cargo ships as they navigate the shore in Skamokawa. Whether you are fishing for salmon or roasting s’mores over a campfire, we have plenty of places for you relax.
We have some intriguing historical destinations waiting to take you back to the roots of Wahkiakum County. Visit the days of logging forest giants, cannery work, pioneer settlements and Chinook Tribe history.
Wahkiakum Historical Society Museum
Wander through displays of treasures from the past. From carriages to clothing, firearms to tools, it’s all here. Family heirlooms and stories of yesteryear are waiting for you to enjoy.
65 River Street, Cathlamet
Julia Butler Hansen House
This was the Hansen home and tells stories of Julia Butler Hansen as she navigated the political scene of Washington D.C. You will see letters from many state leaders and presidents, vintage quilts and dishware and tour her beautiful gardens. Will be open for Bald Eagle Days for tours!
Main and Butler Street, Cathlamet
River Life Interpretive Center
Hosted by Friends of Skamokawa – discover stories of river-front businesses that helped form the Lower Columbia. See a model of the old schoolhouse, ring the tower bell, visit the giftshop and bookstore and read stories from settlers.
1394 W. State Route 4, Skamokawa
Stay a Night or Two or…
Whether you prefer the rustic surroundings of a tent or the welcome warmth of a Bed & Breakfast, we have plenty of room for you.
Washington to Oregon
The Oscar B. is the last ferry running on the Lower Columbia River. The ferry runs between Puget Island, Cathlamet, WA to Westport, OR. It travels 365 days a year and carries passengers on foot, in vehicles and on bikes. It leaves the WA side on the hour beginning at 5 AM until 10 PM. It leaves the OR side at the quarter hour past starting at 5:15 AM to 10:15 PM. It’s a great way to see the Columbia River! Cash Only!
Julia Butler White Tail Deer Preserve
Biking, Hiking, Paddling
Memorial Day through Labor Day
Garden Volunteer Club