Washougal has an active public art culture, with new works added regularly thanks to community donations, City support and the efforts of the Washougal Arts and Culture Alliance. To view pictures, artist names, year installed and to print a detailed map of all the pieces, visit http://washougalarts.org/local-art/
We suggest starting your walking tour at Washougal City Hall. One the east side near the parking lot you will see For the Birds birdhouse display created by students and community members and the Golden Backed Heron (sculpture). If you visit during business hours, step inside to see the Bust of Captain William Clark (sculpture) in the lobby. As you pass by the front of the building, you’ll see Migration (geese sculpture) and on the wall of the Washougal Community Library, a mural honoring Princess White Wing.
Head south on Pendleton Way to Reflection Plaza to pose for a picture with Seaman (bronze Newfoundland sculpture). Head east down Main Street to see three murals Cup-napped (1801 Main), depicting a Lewis and Clark story about a rescued bear cub, Eagles over Mountains (1910 Main) and Rings and Scales (1919 Main) a nod to the history of logging and fishing in the community. Take a short side trip up 20th Street to see Washougal in ‘29 Chevy on the side of a resident’s garage.
Go back to Main Street headed west and at the Post Office you’ll see Historic Lager (mural) on the Big Foot Inn and Water (sculpture) at the corner of Pendleton Way and Main. Go south (left) on Pendleton Way and head up the stairs at Washougal Town Square to see the beautiful Rain Diffusers and if your group is over 21, stop into the Big Foot Inn to see the fun Sasquatch painting. Now might be a good time for a bite to eat at one of Washougal’s restaurants.
Keep heading south, past Pendleton Outlet Store, or stop in for some shopping, and go to the Pedestrian Tunnel where you’ll see Earth (sculpture) and historic Petroglyphs inside the tunnel. At the other end, go up the trail to see the Broughton Monument and then down on the observation deck to see Fire. Head back through the tunnel and head west through the parking lot to the Two Rivers Heritage Museum to see the Metal Salmon Downspout. During business hours you might consider a visit inside the wonderful museum and get the chance to view the Historic Stained-Glass Panels.
Head north on Durgan Street and turn west on A Street to the Washougal Police Station and say hello to Forever Faithful (canine sculpture). Continue to 12th Street to view three works in Dick Beaver Park. They are Wind (sculpture), Butterfly Bench (blue metal bench) and Cob Bench. Also check out a simulated tree with a sculpture of John Muir’s profile.
You can be finished, or if you want more exercise or just more art, you can walk or drive to the Port of Camas-Washougal for more.
If walking, continue on A Street and head north (right) on 11th Street and turn west (left) on C Street for X miles. At the round-about use the cross walks to go under Hwy 14 and head west (right) on A Street. Parker’s Landing Historical Park is on the right through a gravel parking area. There you will find the tall Tayi “Headman” Stone (sculpture).
Once you pass Tayi Rock, walk the path toward the lattice rose arbors. Head east (left) on the narrow park road, passing the restrooms and carefully crossing boat ramp. Continue straight through the parking lot in front of the Port of Camas/Washougal Visitor Center and Dolphin Yacht Club. Keep going east with Best Western on your left.
Stay on the pathway to Washougal Waterfront Park and go straight into the park with the marina on your right. Follow the pathway to see Chak’ -Chak (eagle sculpture), the Compass Viewpoint and in front of the restrooms you will see Metal Salmon (embedded in path).
For a fun treat stay on the path along the river to the Natural Play Area featuring a giant Sasquatch named Eegah. Head back to the park entrance. If walking go to 2nd Street and walk past the hotel to the round-about and back along C Street headed east into town to your vehicle.
Revised July 2019
Any trip to Washougal should begin with a look at the Washougal Discover Guide. It provides a map to featured attractions, great food, beverages and coffee shops. You can find them at the Best Western Inn, City of Washougal, Two Rivers Heritage Museum or download a copy at visitwashougal.com/discoverguide.