County Offices
549 5th Street
Clarkston 509-758-8349

Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 574
Asotin 509-243-4242

Asotin County is located in extreme southeastern Washington, the county is home to more than 21,000 residents. Clarkston is the largest community in the county. The county seat is the town of Asotin, seven miles south of Clarkston. At 636 square miles, Asotin County is the sixth-smallest county in the state. It has a fertile agricultural region in its north-central parts, while farther south, the terrain becomes more rugged and is marked by creeks and gullies. Elevations dip to as low as 740 feet in the northeastern corner near Clarkston and rise to exceed 6,000 feet in the extreme southwestern region in the Blue Mountains. Asotin County’s history has been primarily an agricultural one centered on farming and fruit orchards.


As part of the Lewis and Clark Valley, Asotin county has a lot to offer those looking to live in a location that favors outdoor activities.  The Clearwater and Snake rivers offer water enthusiasts miles of recreation to choose from. Boat launches give easy access to fishermen, wake boarders, and water skiers. The area is also home to Hells Canyon. Asotin is the last city along the Snake River route to Hells Canyon, which is the deepest gorge on the American Continent. This region on both the Idaho and Washington sides of the river are consistently ranked as one of the top ten destinations for outdoor sportsmen. The waters hold bass and trout but are famous for legendary steelhead, Chinook salmon and massive white sturgeon while the hills are home to deer, bear, bighorn sheep, elk, pheasant, chukar and other game. County lifestyles are a mixture of outdoor recreational leisure, community events, arts and festivals. It is bordered by national forests, wilderness areas, pristine lakes, whitewater rivers, and rugged canyons. In less than an hour’s drive, there is access to fishing, camping, hunting, skiing or sailing. Making it the perfect place to call home. Water and water-based activities are truly the dominant recreation in the area, but residents enjoy a high quality of life with access to everything they could need. The small communities are a treasure trove of unique shops, restaurants and other venues that draw countless people each year.


The City of Clarkston port is located 465 river miles inland, at the confluence of the Snake and Clearwater rivers and adjacent to Lewiston, ID. It is part of the most inland working port in the Western US. The cities were named to honor the encampment of Lewis and Clark during their expedition to the Pacific Ocean. The county’s main industries are agriculture, paper, and timber products, and light manufacturing.

Quality educational opportunities are available in and near the county, underlined by excellent public-school districts and options for select private and parochial schools. The Asotin-Anatone school district and the Clarkston School District both offer a full spectrum of educational opportunities. Clarkston High School boasts state and national award-winning programs in DECA, FCCLA, FFA, marching band and science. Clarkston High School has been recognized numerous times by the State of Washington as a School of Distinction. The Educational Opportunity Center offers an alternative to the traditional program while a K-12 comprehensive counseling program cooperates with community services to ensure that the many and varied needs of the students are addressed.

For those seeking higher education, there are a number of local and online opportunities available from state and regional colleges and universities for students of all ages. Walla Wall Community College offers 2 year A.A.A. and A.A.S.. programs are offered in administration assistant (financial, legal, medical), nursing, and liberal arts, as well as certificates programs. Washington State University (WSU) is a 4 year institution. WSU offers more than 150 undergraduate programs and 100+ master’s and doctoral degrees.


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The City of Asotin is located in the southeast corner of the State of Washington. Located at the confluence of the Snake River and Asotin Creek on State Highway 129. Asotin has an elevation of 760 feet. Asotin has mild winters and beautiful sunny summers with outstanding sunsets.

The City of Asotin is a dynamic community with diverse recreational opportunities and natural beauty, uniquely situated along the Snake River adjoining the States of Idaho and Oregon. Asotin provides unmatched quality of life for its residents. While a small very rural community, Asotin enjoys an active community of dedicated residents.  Asotin is the only way to Hells Canyon on the Washington side. This gives the city a strong tourism business as adventure seekers make their way to the canyon. It is the last city along the Snake River route to Hells Canyon, which is the deepest gorge on the American Continent.  Game animals are a large part of the region, and bighorn sheep, elk, deer and black bear may also been seen along the banks of Hells Canyon and on rock outcroppings. Asotin is also famous as being “the Jet Boat Capital of the World” and water sports play a big part in local culture. Hunting, Hiking, Mountain Biking, Bird Watching, and Walking the levee pathway along the Snake River are all normal outdoor adventure for residents.  The Asotin area has a pretty mild climate that allows for year round golfing, fishing, white water rafting, camping, ATV riding and horseback riding. Residents can also enjoy winter sports at Field Springs State Park, including Snow Shoeing, Cross Country Skiing and a Tubing Hill. There are plenty of shops and restaurants close to home and residents don’t have to look far to enjoy almost anything they could want. Nearby Clarkston or even Lewiston in Idaho are just a short few minutes away.


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The name Clarkston is a reference to William Clark, of the Lewis and Clark Expedition fame.[8] Directly east across the Snake River is Lewiston, named for Meriwether Lewis, and is the larger and older of the two cities. Agriculture is a major industry in the area and the Port of Clarkston handles a lot of barge traffic carrying grains. The paper company Clearwater Paper Corporation transports wood chips and sawdust via barges for use at a Lewiston manufacturing plant. Due to its inland location on the Snake River, the port handles goods headed out to Portland-Vancouver, and inland to distributors upstream.

The port’s marina has accommodations for personal boats and yachts, many of which travel through the nearby Hells Canyon. Water recreation is a big part of the regions draw to residents and visitors. Between the Clearwater and Snake rivers, water enthusiasts have a lot of recreation to choose from. Boat launches give easy access to the water for everyone. And being one of the gateways into North America’s Deepest River Gorge, Hells Canyon, and the Snake River that winds through the canyon means that the area is a world-class whitewater boating center. Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy the remote wilderness areas that are the perfect setting for hiking, camping, hunting and more.  Mountain biking enthusiasts can enjoy miles of dirt trails in Hells Gate State Park and the attached recreational area. With views of the Snake River and nearby Craig Mountains. In addition, there are more than 25 miles of paved pathways on the Clearwater Snake National Recreation Trail system. Locals and visitors have access to the trails year round all the way from Asotin to Hells Gate State Park

Historic downtown Clarkston is becoming more of a center for local activity with residents enjoying expanded cultural and dining opportunities. And with the its location literally across the river from Lewiston Idaho, residents can really take advantage of all of the shopping and dining in two states within a few short minutes of each other. Local facilities are available for local families as well. The community has a good parks and recreation system that is highlighted by the Asotin County Family Aquatic center. This is an outdoor waterpark, featuring exciting slides, a lazy river, and fun-filled adventure pool. The indoor natatorium offers a lap pool, therapy pool, hot tub, water aerobics, lessons, and more. It is truly a focal point in the city. Housing choices vary from small apartments to ranch estates and new residents have a good selection to choose from.

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