as “Vancouver, Washington,” or “Vancouver
USA.” Every year, Vancouver USA hosts
some of the largest fireworks displays this
side of the Mississippi, at Fort Vancouver
National Historic Site.
Just 15 minutes from Portland International
Airport (PDX), Washougal is away from the
rushed pace of the city life, yet close enough
to enjoy all that downtown Portland and the
metro region has to offer. The population of
Washougal is over 15,000, and counting.
With easy access to the Columbia River
Gorge (Washougal’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 Washougal is the Washougal River, which wends its way through
the city, providing residents with easy access
to Hathaway Park & Boat Launch. Washougal is home to several recreational areas
and public parks ( 17 city parks), and borders
a National Wildlife Refuge – the 1,049 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.
A distinctive feature of downtown Wash-
ougal is Reflection Plaza, which is located at
the center of Washougal’s downtown revital-
ization. Completed in 2007, the wide-open
space adds to the trendy new downtown
core, and provides a stage for community
activities year round. The City of Wash-
ougal 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 in Washougal 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 of Washougal created seven hand etched basalt slabs.
The pieces contain ancient petroglyphs
that tell the story of the Columbia River