Things To Do

 

Clatskanie Community Things To Do
COLUMBIA and CLATSOP COUNTIES

NATURAL AND SCENIC ATTRACTIONS
Clatskanie Area Waterways and Tides
You can use the winds to your advantage, so check the tide tables.  Clatskanie's tides are 2 hours and 15 minutes later than Astoria's tides.  Wind: The wind, in Clatskanie, usually kicks up in the afternoon.  If it is windy, allow for more travel time for boat traffic.  Caution advised when boating on the Columbia in smaller vessels. 
Contact: Kris Lillich (503) 728-2051.


Mayger Beach (Columbia River)
Located near Mayger and used for fishing, swimming and beach combing.  Contact: Clatskanie Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 635, Clatskanie, OR 97016. (503) 728-2502


Jones Beach
Windsurfing, fishing and recreational use area (Columbia River). Located U.S. Highway 30 (Columbia River Highway) just west of Clatskanie, marked right-hand turn into dikeland area. 
Contact: Sporty's Inc., 275 W Columbia River Hwy., (503) 728-2712.


Columbia County Parks
Beaver Boat Ramp & Park, Hudson-Parcher Park, Laurel Beach, Prescott Beach, Camp Wilkerson, Big Eddy Park, Scaponia Park, Gilbert River Boat Ramp, Airport Park, J.J. Collins Memorial Park and additional area recreational facilities: Banks-Vernonia Linear Park, Bayport Marina, city parks and docks, Jones Beach and the Lower Columbia Heritage Canoe Trail.
Contact the county parks dept. at (503) 397- 2353.


Fossil Hunting on Clatskanie River and Conyers Creek
Located in Clatskanie River stream bed on Swedetown Road, access the 6-mile bridge from Clatskanie and on the Conyers Creek Road.  Best viewing is during the summer low water mark. 
Contact: Ernest A. Carman at  (503) 728-3809.


Columbia River Heritage Canoe Trail
Contact the coordinator of the Oregon Historical Society's Columbia River Heritage Program, in cooperation with the cities and communities of the Lower Columbia River. 
Contact: Kris Lillich (503) 728-2051.

Scout Lake
Located in forest land near Clatskanie area set aside for the benefit of youth and citizens of community. Day uses only.  Limited access through the Evenson Timberland Agency. 
Contact: City of Clatskanie, PO Box 9, Clatskanie, OR 97016. (503) 728-2622.


Clatskanie City Park
Located in city with swimming pool (summer use only), well lit sport playing field, playgrounds for younger children, horse arena, picnic tables, barbecue facility, boat ramp, camping, canoeing and paddle boating itinerant ducks (usually on hand for handouts), and restrooms.
Contact: Park and Recreation, PO Box  737, Clatskanie, OR 97016. (503) 728-2038.


Bradley Wayside and Viewpoint (Oregon State Park)
Located west of Clatskanie and west of the James River Wauna Mill on U.S. Hwy. 30. Restrooms open year round. Hiking trails offers' excellent bird's-eye view of the Wauna paper mill, the Columbia River islands, and the Washington State shore of the Columbia River.  A nice rest stop for those who travel to and from the coast.
Contact: Clatskanie Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 635, Clatskanie, OR 97016. (503) 728-2502


Mt.  St. Helens Volcano Viewing
Located just west of Rainier, OR and Longview Bridge on U.S. Hwy. 30.
Contact: Clatskanie Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 635, Clatskanie, OR 97016. (503) 728-2502.

Wild Life Viewing of White-Tail Deer Sanctuary
Located on island and Marshland-Midland dikeland areas west of Clatskanie on U.S. Highway 30.  Contact: Clatskanie Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 635, Clatskanie, OR 97016. (503) 728-2502.


Wild Life Viewing at Jewell Roosevelt Elk Preserve
Located near Jewell, OR.  Access using Oregon Hwy. 47 junction west from U.S. Hwy. 30 in Clatskanie, OR. and continuing on to Mist, OR. turning right on Hwy. 202 at the junction.  Elk graze near the highway shoulder.  Good sighting and photos are possible. 
Contact: Clatskanie Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 635, Clatskanie, OR. 97016. (503) 728-2502.


Bird Watching located in scenic Clatskanie Marshland
Midland dike areas with access off to the right on various roads leaving U.S. Hwy. 30 west bound from Clatskanie.  Also access through old U.S. Hwy. 30 leaving Clatskanie and, after a scenic drive, rejoins U.S. Highway 30 at Delena-Alston's Corner area. 
Contact: Clatskanie Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 635, Clatskanie, OR 97016. (503) 728-2502.


Beach Combing
Jones Beach, Mayger Beach, Greek Beach, and Clifton-Bradwood Beach
Located on Columbia River west on U.S. Highway 30 leaving Clatskanie.
Contact: Clatskanie Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 635, Clatskanie, OR 97016. (503) 728-2502.


Carcass Creek Falls
Waterfall from high basalt shelf (airplane tour destination). Access by hiking in only, as there is no public road access.  Located south of the city of Clatskanie. 
Contact: Darrel Whipple at (503) 556-9838.


Nehalem River Scenic Drive
Located from Vernonia to Jewell. Numerous Oregon Hwy. 47 and Oregon Hwy. 202 bridge crossings.  Good fishing and historic buildings and remnants of historic logging shows can be seen from the road.  Contact: Darrel Whipple at (503) 556-9838.


Fox Creek Trail
Natural, scenic, natures trail excellent for hiking.  Public access to this city owned 1/4 mile woods stretch along Fox Creek. 
Contact: Darrel Whipple at (503) 556-9838.


Delena Yew Tree
Largest such tree in Oregon (natural and historic site). This 100+ year old yew tree stands on the site of an early post office and stagecoach stop between Rainier and Astoria.  Located east of Clatskanie at the Delena entrance to old U.S. Hwy. 30 (right turn past Alston's Corner at the Delena exit of U.S. Hwy. 30).  The same route that continues to Beaver Falls.  Site is currently a farm with historic barns and easy viewing is possible from the old highway that passes nearby. 
Contact: Darrel Whipple at (503) 556-9838,
The Clatskanie Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 635, Clatskanie, OR 97016.  (503) 728-2502.


Taylorville Swamp
A natural habitat for wildlife including many species of birds and various forms of aquatic plants.  Easy access from U.S. Highway 30 west of the city of Clatskanie, Taylorville-Wauna exit, near the James River Pulp and Paper Mill at Wauna. 
Contact: Darrel Whipple at (503) 556-9838.


West Rainier Dike Land, Rainier Beach and Dibblee Point
Rinearson Slough areas located near Rainier, OR 97048 on or along U.S. Hwy. 30.  This resource is abundant with friendly people,  recreational facilities and many natural bird watching sites recommended by the Willapa Hills Audubon Society. 
Contact: Carrel Whipple at (503) 556-9838
The Clatskanie Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 635, Clatskanie, OR 97016  (503) 728-2502.


Bird Watching Sites
Trojan Ponds, Prescott State Park and Deer Island Grazing Lands are natural sites recommended by the
Willapa Hills Audubon Society and found en route from Portland to Astoria, along U.S. Hwy 30.  Contact: Willapa Hills Audubon Society, Darrel Whipple (503) 556-9838.


Cottonwood Plantations
Along U.S. Hwy 30. Leased Columbia River bottom land, especially in the area designated "the Beaver Drainage District," for the sole purpose of growing hardwood pulp to supply local pulp and paper mills.  Contact: Georgia Pacific Corporation, Public Relations Office, Wauna Mill. (503) 455-2221.


Westport Ferry
Operated by the Washington State Ferry System. Located west of Clatskanie, OR 97016, on U.S. Highway 30, in Westport, OR.  The ferry runs hourly throughout the day (except from midnight until 7:00 a.m.) and provides access to Washington Hwy 4 (all coastal points west of Longview, Washington east bound), via Puget Island on Washington Hwy 409.  Pillar Rock viewing near the Columbia River available on this route plus Lewis and Clark campsite memorial, the Columbian White-Tailed Deer Refuge, Washington State Fish Hatcheries open for public inspection, numerous fishing docks (with net drying racks) and active logging sorting yards in close proximity to the highway. 
Contact: The Wahkiakum County Road Dept at (360) 795-3301.



Clatskanie Flats and Little Holland "The Dikeland Connection"
Historic river reclamation project resulting in a labyrinth of an interconnected road system (well maintained by the Columbia County Road Department) that ride atop the actual dikes.  Scenic attractions include: Remnants of a past legacy of rich bottom land dairy and mint farms, during World War II much mint was raised to flavor chewing gum for the GIs, now show the landscape has changed to include acres of blueberries and cottonwood plantations designed to ease the shortage of hardwood chips needed at northwest pulp and paper mills such as the James River Wauna Mill.  The sloughs are abundant with wild life including many species of waterfowl.  It is an area inundated with cultural change.  Windsurfers, anglers, recreational vehicles, beachcombers and local residents strive to come to a better understanding on how to coexist. 
Contact: Clatskanie Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 635, Clatskanie, OR 97016 (503) 728-2502 or Sporty at (503) 728-2712.


Westport Historic Tunnels
Located on the lefthand side of U.S. Hwy 30 westbound from Clatskanie right before entering Westport, OR.  This tunnel was hewn through a rock ridge to enable pioneers to transport logs and other materials to the river side of the mountain.  An Oregon Historical Marker tells the story and is posted on a stretch of old U.S. Hwy 30 that runs adjacent to U.S. Hwy 30 entering Westport. 
Contact: Clatskanie Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 635, Clatskanie, OR 97016. (503) 728-2502.