Welcome to Washougal
Charming rural enclave with great outdoor treasures
A small community situated on the west entrance to the Columbia River Gorge, eighteen miles east of Vancouver, Washougal brims with rural appeal and plenty of recreation found on its meandering trails, family-friendly parks, and charming neighborhoods filled with stunning properties. It is bordered by both the Columbia and Washougal Rivers, the latter of which actually runs through town.
Lying 15 minutes away from Portland, residents not only enjoy views of the neighboring city across the river but also easy access to the Portland International Airport among other big city perks. Families are drawn to Washougal for its low property tax, and gorgeous, natural scenery. Downtown brims with local restaurants/pubs and local conveniences such as a hardware store, post office and city hall, while the town enjoys a mild climate with warm summers and moderate rainfall each year.
Washougal's beautiful topography with rolling hills and amazing views are filled with custom-built homes overlooking the Columbia River to craftsman-style residences with water frontage and vintage ranch homes that fit into a multitude of price points and budgets.
What to Love
- Small-town living with access to big-city amenities
- Thrilling water adventures in Washougal River
- Orchard Hills Golf and Country Club
- Christmas tree lighting in the holiday season
- Convenient access to the Columbia River for boating and recreation.
Washougal balances the appeal of small-town living with access to the big city. Gradually growing, its sweet spot between two rivers makes this Portland suburb a dream come true for water sport enthusiasts who can always be found kayaking, swimming, and paddle boarding across the river. This lovely location also fills Washougal with homes offering direct views of the Columbia River Gorge, hence living up to its reputation as the gateway to the Columbia River Gorge. Everything needed for comfortable living is just at arm's reach, and if you're yearning for a taste of Portland's vibrant cultural scene, a short drive from home is all it takes!
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Waterfront dining attains a whole new level at the vibrant, tropical Puffin Cafe, where the menu is filled with lip-smacking Caribbean cuisine and cocktails served on a riverfront deck. Pull up at K&M Drive-In and place an order for tater tots and a strawberry milkshake, or come into 2 Rivers Bar & Grill, and treat yourself to a plate of ribs and fries served with a refreshing cocktail. Grab a beer and a Bavarian pretzel at 5440 Brewery after work and catch up with friends. Take a trip up the Washougal River and check out the Washougal River Mercantile for some Sasquatch souvenirs or just to grab a few groceries or bite to eat.
Things to Do
In Washougal, you're never far from a park, trail, or river, so whatever outdoor adventure you've got on your mind, there's a big chance you've got a venue for it right at your fingertips. Are you experienced with tubing or whitewater rafting? If yes, come along with your helmet, and float across the roaring rapids of the Washougal River on a raft, paddleboard, or kayak!
Located east of town, Steigerwald National Wildlife Refuge offers unique wildlife viewing year-round on the Gibbons Creek Wildlife Art Trail. Head out and browse Pendleton for world-famous wool blankets, decor items, and linen, and don't miss out on a tour of the museum while you're there! The store offers the largest selection of Pendleton fabric and remnants and mill ends from America's premier woolen mill.
Take the whole family out to enjoy race days at Washougal Motocross - a racetrack set amid rolling, wooded hills. Whether it's amateurs racing or the big Pro guys, a lot of fun is guaranteed.
Washougal is served by the Washougal School District. A few of the neighborhood's educational institutions include: