County Offices
205 S. Columbus Ave
Goldendale, WA 509-773-4612

Chamber of Commerce
Goldendale Area Chamber
903 East Broadway
Goldendale, WA 509-773-3400

Klickitat County is located on the southern border of Washington State, with 85 miles of the county border right on the Columbia River Gorge. Three bridges connect the County to Interstate 84 on the Oregon side of the river. The county serves as a gateway to the Columbia River Gorge, the Cascade Mountains, the Gifford-Pinchot National Forest, and the Mount Adams Recreation area, and is a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts from around the world. The moderate climate makes Klickitat County a year-round outdoor recreation destination.

On the county’s southern edge, the Columbia River provides a host of recreational opportunities including fishing, hunting, whitewater rafting, windsurfing, hiking, biking, horseback riding, cross country skiing, snowmobiling and much more. For those looking for a slightly less strenuous activity, the county offers many cultural activities, such as Maryhill Museum of Art, Stonehenge and world class entertainment in the outdoor concerts of the Maryhill Winery or simply visiting one of the historic downtown districts for good food, local wines or casual shopping. The county offers residents and newcomers a chance to enjoy small town rural living all less than an hour drive from all the urban amenities of the city.

Beyond its draw to the recreational adventurer, Klickitat County also offers its residents quality healthcare through the Klickitat County Health System and Klickitat Valley Hospital, a critical access hospital that serves the County. This 25 bed hospital has a staff of more than 100 medical professionals and provides comprehensive medical services.  Quality Education is a priority in the county with the school district focused on bringing solid education to its more than 1000 students. Higher education can be found in regional Colleges and Universities all just a short drive away.

City of Bingen

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Bingen is located along the Columbia River and is only 60 miles east of Portland, Oregon.  The town was formed in 1892 and is named after Bingen-on-the-Rhine, Germany.  Although a small town of just under 700 residents, Bingen has a lot to offer those who are looking for somewhere to get back to an easier style of life set in natural beauty. Bingen is great location for a variety of recreational activities and is considered the Washington center for windsurfing, skiing, snowmobiling, kayaking, hiking, horseback trail riding, mountain biking, fishing and hunting in and around the Columbia River Gorge Scenic Area and the Columbia River is easily accessed in Bingen through the Port of Klickitat at Bingen Point.  Bingen is also home to some of the area’s largest employers, SDS Lumber Company, Underwood Fruit and Insitu, are located in the town.  Newcomers to Bingen will find a vibrant small town that offers its residents a high quality of life with award winning recreation at their doorstep.

City of Goldendale

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Goldendale is near the geographic center of Klickitat County and has the Little Klickitat River running through it. The city started as a watering stop on the Yakima – Okanogan wagon trail in the early 1800’s. Goldendale is now the largest city in Klickitat County as well as the county seat. Goldendale is still largely an agricultural community with a population hovering around 3,000. It serves as the regional center for services and the center for arts and culture. The natural surroundings are made up of a mix of broad farmland and timberland with Mt. Adams in the background. In addition, four mountains, Mt. Hood, Mt. Adams, Mt. Rainier and Mt. St. Helens are visible from various angles around the city. To the west of the city is world-class fishing on the Klickitat River, one of the Northwest’s last remaining free flowing rivers. To the south of the city is the Columbia River valley and its growing selection of wineries. Goldendale is home to a thriving artist community whose works can be found at several of the galleries located in the downtown area.  The beautiful natural surroundings, moderate climate, cost of living, and proximity to major metropolitan areas make Goldendale a great choice for newcomers and residents alike who are looking for a casual lifestyle in a thriving community of involved residents.

City of White Salmon

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Chamber of Commerce

White Salmon is a scenic rural town of just over 2000 residents within the city and another 4000 in the surrounding area. The city is situated on a bluff overlooking the Columbia River.  The City’s name comes from the nearby White Salmon River. The phrase The Land Where the Sun Meets the Rain” is often used to describe The City of White Salmon, which is located in a climate transition zone between the marine-influenced climate west of the Cascade Mountain range and the drier climate of the inner mountain region.  The mild climate and location offer visitors and residents a recreation paradise. Hiking, camping and biking are popular throughout the Gifford Pinchot National Forest and the Mt. Adams area. Water enthusiasts can windsurf on the Columbia or take a rafting or kayaking trip on the White Salmon, Little White Salmon, or Klickitat rivers. White Salmon is a small community with a high quality of life, with an enviable natural beauty that is hard to beat. Residents and newcomers to this community will find everything they need.

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