Gateway to the Columbia Gorge

Columbia River Gorge ©Jason Hummel Photography 

Camas & Washougal: Gateway to the Columbia River Gorge

The communities of Camas and Washougal offer an abundance of small town charm and scenic natural beauty to explore.  Located at the western entrance to the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, visitors enjoy shopping, dining, hiking, art, water sports, breweries, history and more."

Small Town Charm in Camas

Explore the tree-lined streets of charming downtown Camas.

Keep a lookout for the little bronze birds that adorn downtown's nooks and crannies.

Downtown Camas hosts many activities for visitors and locals throughout the year.

Historic Downtown Camas is a charming and unexpected treasure! Explore walkable tree-lined streets filled with locally owned boutiques, art galleries, delicious restaurants and pubs, and engaging public art. Enjoy a movie in style at the historic Liberty Theatre, hike or bike at nearby Lacamas Lake, and complete your day in comfort at the beautifully remodeled boutique Camas Hotel. Located just 15 minutes from the Portland airport at the beginning of the scenic Columbia River Gorge, Camas provides a friendly and authentic small-town experience. You will be surprised at what you find.

While making your way through town be on the lookout for the Downtown Camas Hidden Bronze Bird Tour. Take the challenge to find artful bird statues located on each city block! There are 14 life-sized birds to discover including a woodpecker, dove, wrens, nuthatches, ducks, chickens, chicks, a stellar jay, crow, osprey, and an owl… all birds native to the area. Colorful murals are also found throughout town in addition to historic interpretive panels and a self-guided historic walking tour. A perfect blend of art, charm and history that gives you a true sense of place in this beautiful setting.

While a visit to Camas is wonderful at any time or day, First Friday of each month provides extra fun and engaging themed activities all evening, after-hours shopping, dining specials and live music throughout town. Come enjoy the Camas Comic Con on the First Friday in August or experience the Celebrate Art theme in September featuring plein air painting, art activities and other local artist showcases. First Fridays bring something for everyone!

Each Wednesday from June to through September, the Camas Farmers Market offers a bounty of local produce and products that you won’t want to miss. In addition to freshly harvested seasonal fruits and vegetables, you’ll also enjoy live music, activities for the kids, information on gardening and healthy living and delicious food vendors.

Beyond the downtown there are many activities for outdoor enthusiasts including hiking, biking, kayaking, SUPing at nearby Lacamas Lake and walks along the beautiful Heritage Trail.

There is always something to do and see in Camas!

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Washougal Waterfront

Are you ready for an extraordinary adventure? Look no further than Washougal, Washington - the ultimate destination for nature enthusiasts, outdoor lovers, and seekers of authentic experiences. Nestled at the mouth of the Columbia River Gorge, Washougal offers breathtaking landscapes, rich history, and an abundance of activities.

Uncover the fascinating history of Washougal as you stroll through its charming downtown area. Incorporated in 1908, it was the site of some of the very earliest American settlers in the Washington Territory, including Lewis and Clark. Learn about the city's pioneer past at the Two Rivers Heritage Museum, and then take a leisurely walk along the Washougal Waterfront Park Trail, where you can admire the stunning views of the Columbia River while discovering the area's rich past. Washougal's history is alive, waiting to be explored. 

Downtown Washougal's Reflection Plaza plays host to many community events all year long. Set along Main Street in Washougal, it is close to the Washougal Town Square, Pendleton Woolen Mills Outlet Store and nearly 50 installations of public art, ranging from whimsical to historic. Be sure to take the Public Art Walking Tour! 

Kayaking and fishing are just a couple of the water activities available on the Washougal River. Nature lovers, get ready to fall in love! 

Tee off, embrace the challenge, and enjoy the serenity of the family-friendly 9-hole Hartwood Park Disc Golf Course. 

Our little town is home to some big-time brewers, including Trap Door, 54-40 and Doomsday. If you want to enjoy a refreshing taste of Washougal, you need to look no further than these three award-winning breweries that each offer excellent food options. Also, check out Ashwood Taps and Trucks, a brand-new tap house & food cart pod.

Prepare to raise your glass and embark on a beer lover's paradise as you explore the many breweries that call Washougal home, including Trap Door Brewery.

 Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity to experience the hidden gem that is Washougal, Washington. Head to to learn more about the exciting activities, breathtaking scenery, and upcoming events waiting for you in Washougal. 

Come and be captivated by Washougal's natural wonders, immerse yourself in its rich history, and create unforgettable memories.