Explore Wahkiakum County

Nestled between the Columbia River and the coastal mountains sits Wahkiakum County. Reflecting Pacific North West history and classic Americana culture, come explore the wilds of Wahkiakum. Enjoy nature, shop our unique stores and stay in one of our many beautiful accommodations. Discover new horizons in one of our small towns; Cathlamet, Skamokawa, Rosburg, Grays River and Naselle. A friendly place to take a break in our restaurants and brewery too. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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. Visit one of our historical museums while you are here. 

Discover Unlimited Beauty

recreation

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 Refuge is home to the Columbian White-tailed Deer, is a beautiful piece of preservation along the Columbia. Birds, deer, beaver, elk; experience them all! Visitors can bike, drive, walk, jog and even kayak through this local treasure!

Cycle Wahkiakum

Call us to receive information of cycling resources. We have some of the best cycling in America, from smooth easy Puget Island, to our scenic and wild routes! Great for motorcycles and scooters too! 

Scenic Drives 

Click here for a scenic drive that includes beautiful Wahkiakum County! See baby goats in Skamokawa, bald eagles and osprey on Puget Island, or photograph iconic farmland and waterways. 

Fishing & Boating

Watersports enthusiasts 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. Many peaceful waterways are perfect for kayaking and sailing too.

Stuff to do

Explore

Lewis & Clark Trail
Wahkiakum Historical Museum
Pioneer Church
River Life Interperative Center
Grays River Bridge
Pillar Rock
White Tail Deer Preserve

Recreate

Hike
Bike
Fish
Golf
Kayak
Bird Watch
Disc Golf

Shop

Tsuga Gallery
Jabbershack Fibers
The Cathlamet Market
Finders Keepers Antiques & More
The Freedom Market
The Cathlamet Pharmacy & Gifts
Scribbles Salon & Gifts 
Emmi’s Cottage
The Video Store
Cathlamet Chevron
The Shell Station
Friends of Skamokawa Bookstore
79 Main Street Boutique
The Skamokawa Resort Store

 

Eat

The Spar Restaurant and Bar
Duck Inn
The Pizza Mill
Maria’s Place
Back RoadZ
Rosburg Store
River Mile 38 Brewing Co.
The Cathlamet Market
The Shell Station

 

Stay

Elochoman Marina
Vista Park
County Line Park
Hotel Cathlamet
Skamokawa Resort
Twin Gables
Dahlia House B&B
The Inn at Crippen Creek Farm
Pillar Rock Retreat
Viewpoint Inn
The Cottage
Rog’s Retreat
Inn at Lucky Mud & Disc Golf 

 

What are you waiting for?