It’s our nature to preserve.
Welcome to the Port of Camas-Washougal’s parks and trails. We love nature and look forward to sharing the beauty our community landmarks with you. These parks offer a safe place for celebrations, concerts, gatherings, and community groups. Discover the scenic views and connectivity of our small town communities.
Our Parks & Trails
Natural Play Area
Come explore the newest addition to the waterfront. The Natural Play Area had its official grand opening on June 7th, 2019. The playground features a giant Sasquatch named Eegah along with a hill-side slide, log steppers, xylophone, drums, a boulder maze, log balancing beams and don’t forget a fun climbing rope connecting Eegah to Erric the Erratic. It’s fun for the whole family!
7 Laps = 1 Mile Flat Walk Paved ADA
Located on the beautiful Columbia River, 5 miles east of Portland, Ore. (river mile 121.7), Marina Park offers a clear view of Mt. Hood to the east and spectacular evening sunsets to the west. In addition to the walking path, there are picnic tables, shade trees, an open lawn for entertainment and a deck overlooking the marina. The park’s close proximity to the Marina makes access to water sports such as boating and kayaking and fishing on the breakwater a breeze.
Parker's Landing Historical Park
8 Laps = 1 Mile Flat Walk Paved ADA
Located adjacent to Marina Park, Parker’s Landing Historical Park commemorates David C. Parker, on whose Donation Land Claim this site is located. The Parkersville National Historic Site Advisory Committee was formed by the Port in 1985 to act as an advisory body to the Commissioners for the development of the historic area known as the Parker’s Landing Historical Park.
The Park includes a walking path that connects commemorative features such as the Van Vleet Historical Plaza and Chinook Plaza. A popular location for outdoor weddings and reunions is the flower-covered Rose Arbor located directly behind the Van Vleet Historical Plaza. The arbor can be scheduled for special events such as weddings, family reunions, receptions, a picnic or retreat.
Captain William Clark Park
Open Park Area, Partially Gravel, Part Grass/Waterfront Access Beach
Captain William Clark Park at Cottonwood Beach, once known simply as “Cottonwood Beach,” commemorates the historical site where the Corps of Discovery camped for six days while on their journey through this area in 1806. At the entrance to Clark Park, a large open wooden structure invites visitors down into the Park and offers maps and informational signs to help guests gain a deeper appreciation of the history behind Lewis and Clark’s expedition 200+ years ago.
The 85-acre park includes walking paths, paved parking, picnic tables, covered cooking areas, a recognition plaza, three restroom buildings, and replicas of Chinookan canoes and Lewis and Clark’s dugout canoes. A two-mile-long trail on top of the levee at the north side of the Park and just above the Beach offers a scenic stretch for hiking, jogging, biking, and horseback riding. Reservations for shelters and park use are available online by visiting Clark County Public Works, a partner in developing Captain William Clark Park.
Lewis and Clark Heritage Trail
3 Miles from Steamboat to Steigerwald – Packed Gravel 12 Foot Wide, NOT ADA
The Lewis and Clark Heritage Trail—also known as The Columbia River Dike Trail—follows the Columbia River from Steamboat Landing Park to the border of the Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge. This park will soon be aligned with the Washougal Waterfront Park and trail creating a long connected walking trail both into Camas and Washougal. Along the way, trail-goers will enjoy views of the river and Mt. Hood, wildlife, beautiful resting areas and historical interpretive signage. The heritage trail is also home to many charity runs and walking events each year.
The trail parallels Cottonwood Beach and is named for Lewis and Clark, who camped there in 1806. Walkers may enjoy taking a partial loopback on the Gibbons Creek Wildlife Trail in the adjacent wildlife area.
Washougal Waterfront Park and Trail
Under 1 Mile Flat 12 Foot Wide Paved ADA- NON-MOTORIZED LAUNCH
The Park itself has a picnic shelter (reservations available), solar powered restrooms, designated parking lot, access to the breakwater fishing and transient moorage dock, compass viewpoint, several benches, and picnic tables. The Park showcases a magnificent view and adds fun educational additions to your visit such as interpretive signage. The Park and trail are complete with kiosk and wayfinding signage to link adventurers to local Downtown districts and other trail systems in the area.
A special feature that we are very excited about is our Parks rain gardens and solar operated restrooms. There is educational signage to help teach our future generations about the impact each person may have on the environment and what they can do at home to do their part.
The Park also features The Ports Stainless Steel Salmon that are inlaid into the cement, tying in the Ports art collaborative to the project. This was the Ports first art project meant to raise funds for more artwork while creating beauty along the trail. Artist: Malo Hasselblad
The 12-foot wide cement trail 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.
Frequently Asked Questions
There are no barbeques allowed in Washougal Waterfront Park. There are barbeques available to use in Marina Park.
There is a fee to reserve the shelter on Saturday or Sunday. Please call the Port office for more information about reservations, (360) 835-2196 ext. 103. Monday–Friday the picnic shelter is first come, first served and there is no fee for use.
No alcohol is allowed in any of the Port parks.
We do not allow any pop-up tents or anything else which requires staking in any of the Port parks.