Port of Camas-Washougal
Recreational boaters and fishermen from throughout the area use the large, modern launch facility at the Camas-Washougal Marina as their point of entry to Columbia River fun. A variety of community events are hosted at Marina Park, and the new Washougal Waterfront Park walking trail features fantastic views of the Columbia River and Mt. Hood with historic markers along the way.
Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge
This wildlife refuge consists of 1,049 acres of former Columbia River floodplain including shallow ponds, marshes, open fields and riparian woodlands. You can find over 200 recorded species of birds making this a great bird watching area.
This vibrant lake has amazing views, great picnicking areas, waterfalls and walking trails.
This is by far one of the best locations to view the expanse and magnificence of the western Gorge from Washington. The Cape Horn viewpoint is located on Hwy 14, east of Washougal, near mile marker 25. Don’t forget your camera! Cape Horn Trail is one of the best maintained and most scenic trails in the entire Gorge, featuring several overlooks, two tunnels and an incredible waterfall. Click here to find out more about this Washington Gorge hike along with others.
Franz Lake National Wildlife Refuge
As many as 1,000 wintering tundra swans have been observed on Franz Lake. Other common waterfowl include western Canadian geese, mallards, northern pintails, gadwalls, green-winged teal, northern shovelers, canvasbacks, ring-necked ducks and American wigeon. This scenic overlook is located near Milepost 31 on State Hwy 14.
Beacon Rock is a well known landmark that is recommended for first time visitors to west Washington’s Columbia River Gorge. You can hike safely to the top of this 848 foot extinct volcano core, which offers a stunning vista of the Columbia River Gorge. The state park also includes a campground, day-use area with boat launch and several trails.
Pacific Crest Trail
The Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail (PCT) is a treasured pathway through some of the most outstanding scenic terrain in the United States. Beginning in southern California at the Mexican border, the PCT travels a total distance of 2,650 miles through California, Oregon and Washington, before reaching the Canadian border. The section north of the Columbia River cuts through the middle of Skamania County.
Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Museum
At this world class museum in Stevenson, you will be able to visualize and participate in the bountiful life of the Columbia River Gorge.
Skamania Lodge is a magnificent mountain resort nestled on 175 wooded acres offering spectacular views of the Columbia River and Cascade Mountains.
Mt. St. Helens
Mt. St. Helens is one the world’s most active and violent volcanoes. One of the quickest ways to see this impressive mountain is the southeastern route through Skamania County.
The mighty Bonneville Dam spans the west gorge region of the Columbia River linking the two states of Washington and Oregon. The Washington Shore Visitors Center offers one of the most accessible views of the powerhouse and a fish viewing window.
Gifford Pinchot National Forest
Eighty percent of Skamania County, Washington in the western part of the Columbia River Gorge is home to the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. An abundance of recreational activities are found at Trapper Creek Wilderness, Indian Heaven Wilderness, Mt. St. Helens and Mt. Adams.