Sandy beach
Cliff jumping
Hike-in Required
Sensitive Habitat
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When summer temperatures rise and you’re short on time, an impromptu half-day or day trip to the Washougal River is an excellent idea. An undammed tributary of the Columbia River, it is home to Chinook, chum and coho salmon, steelhead and coastal cutthroat trout. It's popular among rafters, swimming hole seekers, sunbathers, and anglers alike.  The name Washougal is derived from “wasiixwal” or “wasuxal,” which are Cascade Chinook words meaning “rushing water.”  And although there is plenty of rushing water, there are also several calm areas with deep pools that are perfect for a swimming, a picnic on the rocks, and relief from the city.

The stretch of river between mile markers 15 and 16 is a perfect example of such a place. Plant your camp chair in a shallow section, drift or swim for a couple minutes downstream, jump in from an adjacent rock ledge, or just enjoy the scenery. The cool water, fresh air, and forested surroundings are reason enough to make the trip.

Logistics + Planning

Parking Pass

Not Required


Deep pools.


Peak summer crowds. Covered in shade by afternoon.


Nearby Lodging + Camping


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