Washougal Attractions

City Parks

The city of Washougal is dedicated to providing green places for it's citizens. That's why we have 12 parks in the area, each with it's own unique features and characteristics.

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Kayak Washougal
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Water Trail map of Washougal

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Captain William Clark Park

If you are a Lewis & 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 camp on the Columbia River within close proximity to an actual Lewis & Clark campsite.

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Columbia River Gorge

The Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area begins east of Washougal. SR 14 offers a leisurely scenic trip up the beautiful Columbia River Gorge with stops at Beacon Rock State Park, Bonneville Dam, Bridge of the Gods, Skamania Lodge and Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center in Stevenson, and Carson Mineral Hot Springs.

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Franz Lake National Wildlife Refuge

The Columbia River Gorge is a landscape of contrast with a variety of habitats supporting native birds, mammals, fish, amphibians, reptiles, and plants. In the spring and fall, migrating birds rest and feed at this riverside sanctuary on their way to northern breeding grounds, or southern wintering homes.

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Lacamas Lake Park

North of Washougal on SR 500, Lacamas Park is popular for picnicking, boating, fishing, and swimming. Hiking trails cover 312 acres in Lacamas Park on adjacent Round Lake, providing a ringside view of the natural habitat. The unique dark blue Camas lilies grow profusely in this area. Blooming season is in mid-April.

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Parkers Landing

Parker's Landing Historical Park may very well be sitting 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.

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Reed Island State Park

Take a short boat trip down the Columbia River to Reed Island, an all-access state park, located 1 mile east of Washougal. Accessible only by boat, Reed Island features picnicking, camping, fishing, hiking, swimming, boating, water skiing, and bird watching.

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Birder's Guide

The Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge is not open to the public yet but there are plans to build a visitor’s center with walking trails in the future. Despite it being closed you can observe many species from either the roadways or from the trail on top of the dike. The directions in this guide use the clearly marked mileage posts along the Lewis and Clark Highway (Highway 14).

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Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge

Located adjacent to Washougal, on 1,049 acres of former Columbia River floodplain, this diked area consists of shallow ponds, marshes, open fields, and riparian woodlands. While providing an important nesting and wintering area for raptors and waterfowl, it is also at a crossroads of migration routes.

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