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.

Wildlife Refuge

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!

Cycle Wahkiakum

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!

Scenic Drives 

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
Wahkiakum Museum
Pioneer Church
River Life Interperative Center
Grays River Bridge
Pillar Rock
White Tail Deer Preserve


Bird Watch
Disc Golf

Shop & Eat

Tsuga Gallery
The Spar Restaurant and Bar
Duck Inn
The Pizza Mill
Maria’s Place
Back RoadZ
Rosburg Store
River Mile 38 Brewing Co.
Jabbershack Fibers
The Cathlamet Market
Finders Keepers Antiques and More
The Freedom Market
The Cathlamet Pharmacy and Gifts 



Elochoman Marina
Vista Park
County Line Park
Hotel Cathlamet
Skamokawa Resort
The Villa at Little Cape Horn
Twin Gables
Dahlia House B&B
The Inn at Crippen Creek Farm
Pillar Rock Retreat
South Welcome Slough Lodge

What are you waiting for?