Washougal River Running High

March 26, 2014

image1 Washougal RiverThe Washougal River looking fierce after all the rain fall. Here are some pics of miles 4 and7 on Washougal River Road. Boaters take extreme caution.

Amnesia Beer Sampler

November 23, 2013 by:

For $12 you can sample every beer and hard cider that Amnesia has on tap! As you can see we went for it last night. Lot of great tastes. Pils and Cider were our two favorites, but we enjoyed them all!

Inner tubing on the Washougal River

August 31, 2013 by:

Who’s up for some inner tubing? I can’t help but to constantly think of cooling off in the Washougal River on a hot day like today. Here is a video of a recent trip down one of my favorite sections from mile marker 4 to 3.

Cape Horn Conservancy Upcoming Events

August 13, 2013 by:

There will be a FUN & FUNDRAISER September 21st (Saturday) – 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Location is 2001 Salmon Falls Road, Washougal WA. The cost: $20 per person (Children 5 and under free). Last year people reported having a terrific time, loving the music, the great food and connecting with fellow Cape Horn supporters. There were over 80 people and they raised over $1,600 for the trail! Because of this, the entry into the trail is now a sturdy rock turnpike rather than the knee deep mud.



If you can’t make it to the party, you can also sign up for work parties.  Join one (or more) of CHC’s scheduled work parties to help enhance and maintain the Cape Horn Trail. You can email [email protected] your preferred dates and name(s), if you are interested in helping out. Working with folks who love this trail and the gorge makes for a fun and satisfying day, while providing efforts that truly make a difference.

CHC work events
August 23rd (Friday) 10 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
September 14th (Saturday) 10 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
September 18th (Wednesday) 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
September 19th (Thursday) 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
September 20th (Friday) 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
September 27th (Friday) 10 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
(September 18-20 in conjunction with Washington Trails Association)

Upcoming Washington Trails Association Cape Horn Trail work event
August 29th (Thursday)- 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Downtown Washougal – growth, development and vision for the future

August 3, 2013 by:

2013 voted best local business. Also a longtime staple and watering hole here in Washougal!


Gibson Gables one of the cooler old houses in downtown Washougal.


Local Washougal Pancake feed!


The Dike trail in Washougal that runs parallel to the Columbia River.


Hike on the Dike event and raffle.

I have lived in Washougal now for 10 years, and have been playing on the Washougal river for 20 years – wow how time flies! From the very first time here as a whitewater kayaker, I have always been struck by Washougal’s amazing location and proximity to things like The Gorge, PDX airport, and Portland, Oregon, not to mention its access to both the Washougal AND the Columbia Rivers! Moving from Portland, I feel I am constantly being asked why I live here in Washougal? “I live in a 1910 home, which is one of the oldest houses in all of Washougal. This same house and property in Portland I simply could not afford. I can walk to two rivers from my house. I can ride my mountain bike from my house and access some incredible single track trails. I can swim, run, hike, bike and generally go crazy with countless adventures, by literally putting on my gear, and walking out my front door. I live in ‘the city’ near downtown!” I don’t think you can say that about many places, including Portland or even many cities in The Gorge.  And this is before our downtown Washougal area began growing and becoming, might I say “more hip”. Now in my response I can include, “we also have Amnesia brewery, Our Bar, and several other local breweries and restaurants, which allow me to indulge in great food, rather than every time driving into Portland.” Now don’t get me wrong, I love Portland like you can’t believe, but I do find it amazing how still very few people who live in Portland and The Gorge actually know where Washougal is located. It would be like talking to someone who has lived in Washougal for many years and is unfamiliar where Hood River is – this just doesn’t happen! With that said, the reality is,  Washougal is growing incredibly fast and putting itself on the proverbial map! I would even go a far to say, I believe, from what I have seen that Washougal is the fastest growing town in The Gorge. This is simply empirical as I watch rapid growth around me and compare it to other local towns, but from a statistical standpoint, I am actually not certain.  So I ask, what town do you see in The Gorge as the fastest growing and why?

Downtown Washougal – growth, development and vision for the future

Washougal Motorcross Championship series this weekend!

July 19, 2013 by:

It is going to be busy in Washougal this weekend, as the 2013  Motorcross Championship travels up the Washougal river to the Washougal MX racetrack!  For anyone not familiar with this event, here is some great footage from last years event!

This championship series started May 18th in Sacramento, California and concludes August 24th in Southern California. The Washougal Racetrack is 1 of 12 premier motorcross tracks across the US that  host this huge championship series throughout the summer!

Schedule of Races 

May 18 Red Bull Hangtown Motocross Classic
May 25 Rockwell Watches Thunder Valley National
June 1 Built Ford Tough Tennessee National
June 8 High Point National
June 22 Red Bull Budds Creek National
June 29 Moto-X 338 National
July 6 Red Bull RedBud National
July 20 Peterson CAT Washougal National
July 27 Red Bull Spring Creek National
August 10 Built Ford Tough Unadilla National
August 17 Built Ford Tough Utah National
August 24 Red Bull Lake Elsinore National Sacramento, CA

Washougal Race Track History 

Washougal MX Park opened in April of 1972 and has hosted a round of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship every year but once since 1980 (the year of the Mount St. Helens volcano erupted). Washougal is known as one of the most scenic circuits in the entire sport, and many manufacturers and sponsors use the facility for television commercials and photo shoots. It’s an old-school motocross facility where spectators can enjoy the sights and sounds of racing up close as the track winds through many elevation changes, such as the famous Horsepower Hill and Scott Ski Jump.

Track Address

  • Washougal MX Park
    40912 NE Borin Rd
    Washougal, WA 98671


  • Open Air Festival Seating
  • Infield Track Viewing via Seven Track Tunnels
  • Large interactive Sponsor Village
  • Food and Soft Drink Concessions
  • Onsite Camping
  • Enjoy fishing in our private stocked pond
  • Grandstand Seating
  • VIP Super ticket Viewing Areas with live PA feed, live timing and scoring, live race footage, private restrooms, and catering
  • Shaded Picnic Areas
  • Nearly 100% track Viewing from a variety of vantage points
  • Event Simulcast on FM Radio
  • Beer Concessions
  • Onsite Parking
  • Motorcycle Parking
  • Handicap Parking
  • RV septic pump service

Additional Info

  • Pets must be leashed at all times and remain in your camp site
  • No alcohol allowed to be brought into the park during the National event
  • No firearms allowed in the park at anytime
  • Cash Only


  • Portland, OR:
    Take I-5 to I-205 to Hwy 14. Go East to Washougal. On 15th Street, turn left. Go 8 ½ miles to 412th. Make a left on 412th / Alder Rd. To Borin Rd, turn Left. Track is ½ mile down on the right.

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City of Washougal Lowers Water Rates on Community Pressure

February 13, 2013 by:
Water Rate Increase in Washougal gets lowered.

Water Rate Increase in Washougal gets lowered.

In the last several months, there has been a lot of talk about significant water rate increases to occur in Washougal to start near the beginning of the year. The previous base rate of around $175 was supposed to move up to near $211, billed every two months. The City of Washougal, however, has managed keep that base rate down under $185 through two different measures. In the coming days, I will do a more in-depth report on how the city was able to lower rates, and what the potential outlook is for the coming years.

SR 14 near Camas and Washougal, both lanes now open!

February 9, 2013 by:

According to WSDOT, travelers on State Route 14 will have more space to stretch out when the Washington State Department of Transportation opens two more lanes in Camas and Washougal. starting last night, Friday, Feb. 8.

Traffic began flowing on the newly raised and widened section of SR 14 last October, but ongoing construction kept two of the highway’s four lanes closed through the winter.

“We couldn’t open the other lanes until we put all the guardrail in, but we couldn’t finish the guardrail until the bridge barrier was done,” said Chris Tams, WSDOT project engineer. “Now that everything’s tied together, we can safely open all the lanes to drivers.” Representative cutting ribbon for SR 14 Highway

Drivers can expect intermittent, single-lane closures this spring. WSDOT plans to put a final layer of new asphalt over this entire section of roadway once the weather is warm and dry enough for paving.

This project elevated the highway 25 feet, added two lanes, eliminated two traffic signals and installed three miles of median barrier to prevent cross-over collisions along SR 14 between the Northwest Sixth Avenue interchange in Camas and Sixth Street in Washougal. Construction on the $49 million, gas tax-funded project began in June 2011.


Our Bar in Washougal Coming Soon

February 4, 2013 by:

Kevin and Alex are opening a new restaurant in downtown Washougal. I got a chance to ask them a few questions about the new venture. Here is what they had to say.

Why did you pick Washougal for your new restaurant?

While living in Portland, we started searching for the right neighborhood to open OurBar. We soon discovered that most neighborhoods already had an existing “OurBar” concept (cozy hangout with homemade food & local beer) or were years away from the community development needed to sustain small businesses. Washougal is an emerging community with great local energy and support from Lone Wolf (a prominent Washougal developer). We love the gorge lifestyle, and close proximity to Portland as well.

What type of food are you looking to offer?

Craveable comfort food made from scratch. Think: Grandma’s recipes, updated. We want the food to be rich and delicious but portioned just right to keep the price point low and people coming back for more. We will serve select beer and wine to compliment the food and flavors of the region. We also will be bringing a comprehensive coffee program to downtown.

Our Bar Construction

What type of customer are you looking to attract?

Our main goal is to provide an accessible, tasty hangout for Washougal residents. The seating will be varied, featuring a large communal table, intimate bar seats, coffee counter facing Main Street and small tables built for two. We hope to provide a comfortable dining experience for all service periods; business meetings at the communal table, coffee and newspaper at the window, intimate lunch with a friend or beer and a chat at the bar. In the sunny months, OurBar will be a destination for eco-tourists, hikers, river lovers and curious culinarians from the Portland / Vancouver area.

What are your backgrounds and what motivated you both to start this restaurant?

Kevin started his career in the kitchen, and is a self-taught cook establishing himself as a leader in kitchen management and operations over the past 10 years. In addition to his love of food and food service, Kevin has spent years behind cafe counters and bars serving up his own brand of relaxed hospitality. Kevin moved to Portland, OR in 2003 and found himself immediately immersed in the world of beer. He is an avid beverage historian and believes in continuing the storytelling tradition of beer’s rich evolution and the community it creates; and while beer culture stands front and center for Kevin, his own quest for delicious coffee has developed into a wonderful passion all its own.

Alex’s life has been devoted to food from the moment she ate her first strawberry. Growing up in Seattle, she had local access to a flourishing food community. Her Sunday mornings traditionally spent at Pike Place Market, eating tiny doughnuts and people-watching. Alex is a graduate of Oregon Culinary Institute and has worked in kitchens from Portland to Boulder and San Francisco. Alex is a cookbook connoisseur, inspired by generations of exceptional chefs before her. She invests a depth of flavor into her food while still respecting the beauty of simplicity. Alex cooks with precision, joy and generosity.

We both take great pride in our ability to provide excellent service, friendly and informative. We create food that tells a story, this shared passion is what brought the two of us together and has led us to OurBar.

Our Bar

Why Our Bar?

The name OurBar came from conversations about meals and beers we have shared over the years. Every time we went out to a new restaurant or bar we would have a critique session after, saying “I loved how they did this or that but when we open our bar we should do it this way”. We continued our research and critique for three years and before we knew it, OurBar had hatched. We chose the wishbone logo to evoke shared food memories, like the tradition of breaking the wishbone after a satisfying meal.

We want customers to feel a connection to OurBar. We feel the name conveys a sense of familiarity.

Is it just you two or are there others involved?

There are many people that make up our support group: friends, family and restaurant industry veterans, but OurBar will be run by the two of us. A mutual friend will be coming down from Seattle (where he is an accomplished chef and natural green thumb) to help advise us on converting our front yard into an urban farm. We plan to grow cut flowers, fruit, veggies and herbs for the restaurant.

When are you looking to open?

Construction started this month and we are hoping to be open to the public by late March, early April.

Where exactly is it going to be located?

Downtown Washougal! On the corner of 19th and Main (1887 Main Street, Suite E).

What hours will you be open?

We will be closed Mondays, open Tues – Sun for breakfast from 7am to 11am and lunch 11am to 3pm. Fri – Sun happy hour 3pm – 6pm. This summer, we will open for dinner Thurs – Sun.

Can you share some of the dishes you are looking to offer?

Biscuits & gravy, clam chowder, French onion soup, pork chile verde, breakfast bars (granola goodness without the wrapper), happy hour burger, house-made pastas, breads and baked goods, braised short ribs (for the colder months) and fresh seafood as it becomes available. All the food we love to eat.

We hope to partner with local farmers, allowing us to change the menu frequently while representing the region in its culinary abundance. (We also love string cheese and are determined to figure out how to make our own.)

What will be the general cost of your food?

Breakfast & lunch items vary between $2 for a pastry or savory baked goodie to about $10 for an entree.

Where do you both live?

We relocated from Portland to Washougal in December to immerse ourselves in the gorge life and get to know our neighbors and future customers.

Hambleton Lumber

January 23, 2013 by:

I got a chance to speak with David Ripp over at the Port of Camas and Washougal about what is happening with the old Hambleton lumber, which is now a large open lot and waiting to be developed. He said,  ”during the clean-up of the site and after, the Port will be working on grant applications to construct a water front trail along the shoreline of the site”.

25 acre Hambleton Lumber , now partially owned by the Port of Camas and Washougal.

Below is a statement for advertisement for the Request for Qualifications the Port of Camas and Washougal is advertising currently for the site.

The Port of Camas-Washougal has recently purchased 13.25 acres of a 25 acre former mill property that closed back in 2010. The port conducted an environmental due diligence in early 2012 to determine potential contamination of the site from the 60 year operation of the lumber mill. In order to move forward with waterfront development of this site, contamination that was discovered during the environmental due diligence needs to be remedied. Those interested may request a copy of the due diligence information.


The work to be performed by the consultant will likely include the following elements:

· Working with the Port and the Department of Ecology to conduct a formal cleanup of the Site using agreed orders (if necessary) and a consent decree

· Supporting the Port in its Local Toxics Account grant application

· Developing necessary documents and reports for Ecology and to bid the construction of the remedy

· Monitoring the installation of the remedy

· Conducting any post-construction or long term monitoring