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Columbia River Gorge
The Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area begins east of Washougal. State Route-14 offers a leisurely scenic trip up the beautiful Columbia River Gorge with a wealth of historical and recreational attractions along the way.
If you are a Lewis and Clark enthusiast, you will be excited to learn that a very strategic campsite along the Lewis and Clark Trail is located in Washougal, Washington. Furthermore, it is one of the few places where trail enthusiasts can walk along the Columbia River within close proximity to an actual Lewis and Clark campsite.
Franz Lake National Wildlife Refuge
Franz Lake is one of several national wildlife refuges within the Columbia river Gorge National Scenic Area. Protected and managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, this refuge is a riverside (riparian) system of Franz and Arthur Lakes, mature cottonwoods, permanent basins, springs, and seasonally flooded wetlands.
View a map of kayaking locations near Washougal.
Lacamas Lake Park
North of Washougal on SR 500, Lacamas Park is popular for picnicking, boating, fishing, and swimming.
Parker's Landing Historical Park may very well sit atop the birthplace of Washougal. It all began in 1845 when the first permanent white settler, David C. Parker, staked his claim amidst Chinook-speaking Native Americans and later called it Parkersville.
Parks & Trails
Check out area parks, facilities, and a list of their amenities.
Reed Island State Park
Take a short boat trip down the Columbia River to Reed Island, an all-access state park, located one mile east of Washougal.
Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge
Located south of Highway 14 just east of Washougal on 1,049 acres of former Columbia River floodplain, this area was established in 1976. The 2.75-mile Gibbons Creek Wildlife Art Trail passes through the refuge, allowing the visitor an opportunity to experience the shallow ponds, marshes, open fields, riparian woodlands, and Columbia River.
Washougal MX Park
Established in 1971 in the rolling hills and green forests of Southwest Washington, Washougal MX Park is known as America’s Most Scenic Raceway.