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.
Due to extreme weather conditions, and pursuant to RCW 8.14.040, an emergency Burn Ban has been implemented. Effective immediatley, ALL OUTDOOR FIRES, INCLUDING RECREATIONAL FIRES ARE PROHIBITED.
NOTICE: The Board of County Commissioners meeting scheduled for Tuesday, September 16, 2014 has been cancelled.
Board of County Commissioners Appoint Vickie Clelland, Treasurer (09/03/14)
Request for Qualifications: Planning Services for Skamania County (09/04/14)
“Leveraging America’s Resources as a Revenue Generator and Job Creator” (07/22/14) Testimony of Paul J. Pearce, President National Forest Counties and Schools Coalition Before the United States Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
Notice: Burn Restrictions Issued (06/30/14)
Follow Up: Gifford Pinchot National Forest Travel Analysis Process: Courtesy, Gifford Pinchot National Forest (04/21/14)
Email RE: Columbian Editorial Board Meeting (04/21/14)
Saving Skamania County – Schools and County Survival through our National Forest: By Commissioner Brong (04/21/14)
“Musing on Local Government and Governance”: Courtesy, Commissioner Jim McEntire, Clallam County
Public Comment Policy for Board of County Commissioners Meetings (02/20/14)
Preparing for Life without Secure Rural Schools Payments: By Commissioner Brong (01/28/14)
2014 Holiday Closures
Letter to the Editor (The Columbian): By Commissioner Brong (11/19/13)
Letter to Congressmen Regarding Secure Rural Schools Funding (09/04/13)
County Land Ownership & Our National Forest: By Commissioner Brong (06/25/13)
Letter to Friends of the Gorge – RE: Towns to Trails (05/09/13)
Board of Commissioners Issue Letter to Elected Representatives (05/09/13)
Legislative White Paper: Partnership for Rural America (03/11/13)
Public Lands Steering Committee: Proposed Resolution (03/11/13)
Senators Baucus and Wyden Pledge to Extend Secure Rural Schools Program (03/11/13)