The Washougal Waterfront Park and Trail showcases magnificent views along a 12-foot wide cement trail that wraps completely around the park and stretches just under a mile long. Along the trail there is a non-motorized kayak/canoe vehicle launch, children’s natural play area (coming soon), viewpoints, interpretive signage and water access trails for those hoping to get closer to our beautiful Columbia River. Leashed pets are welcome.
Cottonwood Beach at Captain William Clark Park provides excellent access to the Columbia River for swimmers. The park also includes multi-use trails, restrooms, historic interpretive elements, picnic shelters and parking lots.
Reflection Plaza is located in the center of Washougal’s down town revitalization at 1703 Main Street. Watch for new, “people-friendly” projects radiating throughout downtown from Washougal’s new and improved “living room”, including the annual live Christmas Tree lighting. The February 2010 opening of the SR-14 Pedestrian Tunnel seamlessly connects Reflection Plaza and downtown visitors to the Columbia River, Steamboat Landing Park, and William Clark Park.
The Sandy Swimming Hole, located at 550 North Shepherd Road, has been a popular warm weather spot for both swimmers and kayakers for decades. The large sunny deck accommodates picnics with views of the Washougal River. Restrooms are available for visitor convenience. Visitors flock to this park during sultry summer days, congesting parking along Shepherd Road. Exercise caution in traffic when accessing this park during peak season.
Specializing in wet-land-loving iris of Asia, Mt Pleasant Iris Farm has been growing many different species and hybridized irises in southwest Washington for over 30 years. Our peak iris bloom is extended over a four month period: April to July. You, your family, and the general public are invited to visit the gardens. Located in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. We are only a 25 minute drive from the Portland, Oregon airport.
Located directly North of Oak Tree Park at the union of West 2nd and West 5th Streets, Look Out Ridge Park offers unrestricted views of the Gorge, Mt. Hood, Portland, and the Columbia River on a clear day.
Hathaway Park, located at 799 – 25th Street, spans 15.8 acres between 24th Street and 28th Street. Considered the “jewel” of Washougal, Hathaway Park provides several recreational opportunities. Accommodations for visitors of all ages include playgrounds, play sculptures, benches, picnic shelters, sports fields and pickleball courts. The largest attraction to this park is the versatility of the Washougal River for swimming, fishing, drift boating, and kayaking.
Parker’s Landing Historical Park, located next to Marina Park, is named for David C. Parker, on whose Donation Land Claim this site is located. The park features the Van Vleet Historical Plaza which honors the prominent Van Vleet family for their part in the settlement of Washougal and Chinook Plaza commemorating the Chinook Indians who were the first to inhabited and prospered in this area. The park’s Rose Arbor is a popular wedding and picnic venue available to reserve.
Steamboat Landing Park provides pedestrian access to several points of interest. Visitors can stroll a floating boardwalk on the Columbia River that leads to an elevated observation deck with vast views of the River, Mt. Hood and Oregon. Or visitors can also access the Levee Trail leading to Captain William Clark Park at Cotton Wood Beach, and the Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge trail (no dogs or bicycles allowed on the Refuge trail).
River Bend Park, located at 1099 – 4th Street, provides views of the Washougal River. This neighborhood park provides ample spots for picnics or relaxation. Limited street parking encourages residents to leave the car parked in the driveway and walk to this site. The Washougal Parks Department currently considers site improvements to include better views of the Washougal River and improved layout of the tables and benches in the park.
This park is located at 350 West “Y” Street in the Look Out Ridge subdivision. It overlooks Washougal, Portland, and the Columbia River. The park is a little over 2 acres and features asphalt paths and a gravel trail, a playground facility and picnic tables. Parking is along the street. This park is an exceptional place to visit, especially on a clear day when the mouth Columbia River Gorge and Mt. Hood are visible to the East.
Mable Kerr Park nestles between Orchard Hills Golf Course to the North, Sunset View Road to the East, the Washougal School District to the South, and the Gifford-Liedtke neighborhood to the West. Most of what the park users have come to know is actually Washougal School District land. Now a gravel path and 6×6 posts delineate the two properties. Individual volunteers and groups such as Young Life stepped forward to build all of the trails through this park and plant over 500 trees.
Bill Hamllik Park, located at 4285 Addy Street, has a covered picnic shelter, BBQ grills, a play ground, and a community garden. A paved path makes this park a popular walking system in the neighborhood. The softball field is a highly used feature of this park and Parks Department staff will have new bleachers installed for the 2012 ball season! Look for additional improvements surrounding the ball field throughout the next few years.
The George J. Schmid Memorial Ball Field Complex is located at 4855 Evergreen Way, adjacent to the Washougal School Administration Office and maintenance shop. The City of Washougal’s Mable Kerr Park borders the property to the North.
Elizabeth Park, a neighborhood park located at 811 – 14th Street, provides a paved walking trail, basketball half court and a playground for the ages of 5-12 years old.
Campen Creek Park is located at 42nd Court and connects to the much larger Eldridge Park. Campen Creek Park offers picnic tables and a primitive trail and bridge leading to Campen Creek.