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.


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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. 

History Lessons

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.

Deep River

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


Museum Website


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  


The Sturgeon is hanging in front of an unpainted wooden building. Likely the Warren Packing Co. Courtesy Washington State Library
Black and white photo of 'Gen'l. Washington' leaving Deep River. The town of Deep River is on the left of the photo, and on the far left and bottom of photo are railroad tracks.

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   



Pioneer Community Association
This beautiful church was build in 1895 and serves as a landmark in our downtown area. It is a wonderful place for photos, weddings and events. 

Main Street next behind the Community Center


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. 

Lodging Locations

Ferry Crossing

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

Farmers Markets

Memorial Day through Labor Day

Blooms Committee

Garden Volunteer Club