Washougal is away from the rushed pace of the city life yet close enough to enjoy all that downtown Portland. The population of is over 15000 and counting. Due to it’s easy access to the Columbia River Gorge (the city’s motto is “Gateway to the Gorge”) and the amenities of urban living. It’s no surprise that the median sales price of a Washougal home has risen over 25% over the last couple of years.
A unique feature of the area is the Washougal River. Which wends its way through the city providing easy access to Hathaway Park & Boat Launch. Washougal is home to several recreational areas and public parks (17 city parks) and borders the 1049 acre Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge. Located at the confluence of the Washougal River and the Columbia River, Washougal residents are provided with excellent opportunities for fishing kayaking and boating.
Reflection Plaza & Downtown
A distinctive feature of downtown Washougal is Reflection Plaza. Located in center of downtown and completed in 2007. The wide open space adds to the trendy new downtown core and provides a stage for community activities year round. In addition, the City of Washougal hosts a variety of events each year including The Riverside Concert Series, Fourth of July Celebration, International Film Festival Pumpkin Party and Holiday Celebration. Since 1911 Pendleton Woolen Mills has run a factory that weaves wool for its clothing.
A recent addition to the city’s amenities is the SR-14 Pedestrian Tunnel. This tunnel provides safe passage from Pendleton Way to Steamboat Landing William Clark Regional Park and the Steigerwald National Wildlife Refuge, all connected by a 3.5 mile long trail along a levee. The tunnel passage between downtown Washougal and the Columbia River takes visitors back into ancient times. With the help of local students and residents the city created seven hand etched basalt slabs. In fact, the pieces contain ancient petroglyphs that tell the story of the Columbia River Corridor.
City of Washougal: 360-835-8501 www.cityofwashougal.us
Chamber of Commerce: 360-834-2472 www.cwchamber.com