Welcome to Skamania County, featuring some of the most scenic and diverse landscape in the world. Located in southwestern Washington, Skamania County extends from the northern shores of the Columbia River, through the forested ridges and ravines of the Cascade Mountains, north beyond Mount St. Helens, and east to the flanks of Mt. Adams. Skamania County consists of 1,672 square miles that includes the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, and Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument. 80% of the County is National Forest.
The County was established in 1854, one of the first counties in the state. It operates under the laws of the State of Washington with a Commission form of government. The County is a general purpose government and provides public safety, road improvement, parks and recreation, judicial administration, health and social services and general administration. There are eleven elected officials: three County Commissioners, an Assessor, an Auditor, a County Clerk, a District Court Judge, a Prosecuting Attorney, a Sheriff, a Superior Court Judge and a Treasurer. The County population is approximately 11,000, spread throughout the communities of Washougal, Stevenson, Carson, Stabler, Home Valley, Mill A, Willard and Underwood. For more information about our dynamic county and rich history, please click here.