Stevenson is surrounded with historic sites, and a myriad
of activities. Enough variety to fill any week. Or two.
The area outside of Stevenson, we call Skamania County and
the Skamania County Chamber of Commerce provides a wealth
of information, www.skamania.org.
A few other local highlights you
might consider. . .
Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Museum
An award-winning building hosting several of the Northwest’s
most interesting historic collections. From life in the Gorge
before the Anglo settlers to the present time, to the world’s
largest rosary collection, the Interpretive Center is a day
well spent, www.columbiagorge.org.
Skamania County Community Events & Recreation
Many of the Stevenson festivals are hosted at the Skamania County
Fairgrounds. For what’s on tap—bluegrass to livestock—check
them out. Or check it out to book your own event, www.skamaniacountyparks.com.
Bonneville Lock & Dam
Made famous by the songs and lyrics of Woody Guthrie,
Bonneville Dam is designated a National Historic Site.
Providing economical renewable and reliable energy for the
Northwest, a visit to the Dam is both entertaining and educational.
From the massive turbines to the viewing windows on the fish
ladders, there is something for everyone.
Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument
Our very own volcano. There are a variety of interesting
loop excursions from Stevenson to Mt. St. Helens. Stop by the Chamber Office for a map.
The official site of the Monument and what’s open,
what’s happening and when, www.fs.fed.us/gpnf/mshnvm/ . For the real dirt on Mt. St. Helens visit www.mjjsales.com/articles/mt-st-helens.html. This is where science teachers go who want a great resource for volcanic research. Before
1980, after and how it’s rumbling today. And for a great 360-degree view of the mountain (or what’s
left) visit www.fullscreen360.com/st-helens.htm.
Gifford Pinchot National Forest
Where the locals go to play, www.fs.fed.us/gpnf/
. Named after the first National Forest director, the “GP”
offers every thing from alpine lakes and three designated wilderness
areas to comfortable day hikes with an up-close view of a
waterfall as the reward.
The Pacific Crest Trail crosses the Columbia River into the
GP just west of Stevenson. If long (or short) hikes are to
your liking, visit the Pacific Crest Trail Association at www.pcta.org.
Or visit the Forest Service site which also has a ton of
info relating to the PCT and its designation as a National
Scenic Trail, www.fs.fed.us/pct.
For the skinny on the U. S. Forest Service nationally, www.fs.fed.us.
Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area
Stevenson lies in the only designated national scenic area
in the country, the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area (CGNSA).
The CGNSA is jointly administered by the states of Oregon,
Washington and the U. S. Forest Service. The Columbia Gorge Commission site details the history and
preservation of this unique landscape, www.gorgecommission.org/.
The US Forest Service site offers a slightly different perspective
on the issues and preservation in the Gorge, www.fs.fed.us/r6/columbia/forest/.
Fishing is big around here and even those who don’t
fish learn from a fish hatchery visit. We have three close
by, all raise salmon to help build back the historic runs
on the Columbia River. They provide an interesting, detailed
look at the salmon’s life cycle.
Carson National Fish Hatchery: www.fws.gov/gorgefish/carson/
Little White Salmon National Fish Hatchery: www.fws.gov/gorgefish/littlewhite/
Spring Creek National Fish Hatchery: www.fws.gov/gorgefish/springcreek/
Washington State Fish & Wildlife
If all the fish in the hatcheries make you want to toss a
line, be sure to visit the Washington Fish and Game website to check
out the seasons—what is open, what’s closed and what’s
been most recently stocked, wdfw.wa.gov/.
Washington State Parks
The State of Washington maintains several parks within an
easy drive of Stevenson. Beacon Rock is the most often visited.
With an exciting hand-built trail to the top, some 800 feet
above the river, this is an easy, enjoyable (and safe) scenic
For the other Washington State parks visit: www.parks.wa.gov.
The “Gorge” first became famous for windsurfing.
a summer Mecca for thousands seeking reliable winds. The Columbia
Gorge Windsurfing Association maintains several sites and
hosts numerous functions over the year.
If you look out from Stevenson and see a bunch of sailboats,
it’s likely a race being run by the Columbia Gorge Racing
Hosting regional, national and international sailboat races,
CGRA put the Gorge on the map as a sailboat racing venue
equal to San Francisco Bay or Santa Cruz.
Check out video from last summer's Bridge of the Gods Kiteboarding
in Stevenson on www.youkiteboard.com.
Surrounding area business associations and chambers:
Columbia River Gorge Visitors Association, www.crgva.org, an umbrella organization for all the Gorge Chambers and business
Wind River Business Association represents
the businesses just to the east of Stevenson and along the
Wind River Highway leading into the Gifford Pinchot National
Forest and toward Mt. St. Helens, www.chvs.org.
The only other incorporated area in Skamania County, the
City of North Bonneville lies to the west of Stevenson next
to Beacon Rock, www.northbonneville.net.
And of course we do have a local government. To see how our
county runs, visit www.skamaniacounty.org.