THE COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE IS SO FULL OF OUTDOOR ADVENTURES, IT NEEDED A BASE CAMP, A HEADQUARTERS
This HQ is called Stevenson, in Washington’s Skamania County. We open the door to hundreds of hiking trails, world-class kite boarding and sailboarding, fishing, golfing and, well, you get the idea.
Stevenson is a small Columbia Gorge town with a massive music reputation. From Blues and Brews, to down-to-earth roots and bluegrass, our festivals really kick it. Listen closely and you can still hear the violin and guitar riffs Meriweather Lewis loved.
- Gorge Blues and Brews (June 24 & 25, 2022)
- Traditional 4th of July Celebration with Fireworks (July 4th, 2022 at the Skamania County Fairgrounds)
- GorgeGrass (July 21 -24, 2022 at the Skamania County Fairgrounds)
- Stevenson Waterfront Music Festival (August 5 & 6, 2022 at the Stevenson Waterfront)
- Skamania County Fair (August 17-20, 2022, at the Skamania County Fairgrounds)
- Christmas in the Gorge (December 2 -4, 2022)
The trails in and around Stevenson, Washington, are the stuff of legend (so is Sasquatch, an occasional hiker hereabouts). With the Gifford Pinchot National Forest all around, Dog Mountain’s trails beckoning, the historical Beacon Rock trail, Fall Creek Falls and many more, your feet will be in heaven.
PLEASE NOTE: The U.S. Forest Service will release online permits on March 1 at www.recreation.gov for hikers headed to Dog Mountain on weekends from April 18 to June 14 this year.
The permits are required as part of a partnership that began in 2018 to ensure public safety near Dog Mountain Trailhead, where congestion during the spring wildflower hiker rush created annual congestion and at least one fatal accident before permits were required.
Every hiker on the Dog Mountain Trail system on Saturdays and Sundays between April 18 to June 14 will be required to carry a permit (or digital proof). There are two ways for hikers to obtain permits:
- Ride the shuttle from Stevenson. A permit is included automatically with the cost of the Skamania County Shuttle bus from Stevenson. Seats are available on a first come, first served basis, for $1 per person per trip, or $2 roundtrip (cash, exact change only). Each permit is good for one individual on the day it is issued. The shuttle runs about every half hour from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on weekends from April 18 to June 14.
- Reserve a permit online. Anyone parking at Dog Mountain Trailhead will need to reserve one permit for each person online at www.recreation.gov and pay the $1.00 non-refundable administrative fee (per person) in addition to paying the recreation site fee of $5 per car. Valid Northwest Forest or interagency federal passes are accepted (but not state parks passes) as a form of paying the recreation fee but are not a substitute for having the per person permit.
BOAT LAUNCH SITES
- Rock Creek Cove, Stevenson, WA
- East Beach/Cascade Ave., Stevenson, WA
- Strawberry Island, Bonneville Dam
- Beacon Rock State Park
- Wind River
- Drano Lake
- Bob’s Beach Family Park
- East Point
- Leaven’s Point
- Pebble Beach
- Riverfront Park
- Rock Creek Park
- Teo Park
- Walnut Park
BAIT AND TACKLE, LICENSES
Main Street Convenience
330 Rock Creek Dr
Stevenson, WA 98648
Upper Columbia Guide Service
PO Box 268, Stevenson
KD Guide Service – Kenneth Schleicher
PO Box 736
White Salmon, WA 98762
When you visit Stevenson, you get your good time on by strapping into Zip Skamania – the exciting new zip line at Skamania Lodge. NOTE: That person screaming with sheer unadulterated joy? It’s you.
Skamania Lodge Zipline Tour
1131 Skamania Lodge Way
Stevenson, WA 98648