Situated on the banks of the scenic Columbia River, the City of Stevenson is your launch pad to the Washington side of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. Just 45 minutes from Vancouver, Washington and 3 ½ hours from Seattle, Stevenson is perfect to visit for the day, weekend or for an extended vacation. The county seat for Skamania County, with just over 1,500 residents, Stevenson also serves as the base camp for adventures in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest and Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument.

With a history steeped in timber and logging, Stevenson is now a tourism destination. Home to the world-famous Skamania Lodge and world-class Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Museum, the opportunities for adventure are endless.

Photo courtesy of Thomas Sikora Photography.



Photo courtesy of Peter Marbach Photography.

Stevenson is just over 100 feet in elevation and experiences a moderate climate with an average of 80 inches of rain annually. Summer months are beautiful with temperatures usually in the mid-80s. Clear skies continue through September and into October providing spectacular colors in the fall. Snowfall is minimal and any accumulation is typically washed away by rain within a few days. The Columbia River creates a swath through the Cascade Mountains, which results in frequent wind.

Average Temperature:
January – High 44.0 F, Low 35.0 F

July – High 80.0 F, Low 57.0 F

January Rainfall – 10.96 inches

July Rainfall – 0.92 inches



Photo courtesy of Skamania Lodge.

The following projects were filmed in Stevenson and the surrounding areas:

  • A General Electric Commercial with BNSF Railway Company (2013)
  • The Road (2009)
  • Twilight (2008)
  • Dante’s Peak (1997)
  • The Vanishing (1993)
  • Short Circuit (1986)


Photo courtesy of Peter Marbach Photography.
  • Columbia River Gorge Interpretive Center Museum – Exhibits on the economic history of the area including sternwheelers, logging and fishing
  • Skamania Lodge – Destination resort with 254 guest rooms, conference center, restaurants, golf course, zip line, hiking trails, indoor pool and more
  • Beacon Rock – 900-foot tall core of an ancient volcano with a trail to the top that provides panoramic views of the Gorge
  • Bonneville Lock and Dam – Hydroelectric dam spanning the Columbia River with fish viewing windows and ladders
  • Bridge of the Gods – Historic bridge connecting Oregon to Washington and site of a land bridge from 600-700 years ago
  • Cape Horn – Scenic viewpoint from State Route 14 overlooking the Gorge
  • Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument – East side access to Windy Ridge and other viewpoints along the way.


Photo courtesy of Casey Roeder.
  • Local Film Liaison – Casey Roeder, Executive Director, Skamania County Chamber of Commerce (509) 427-8911 or
  • Agency that issues permits and costs – City of Stevenson
    (509) 427-5970, Skamania County (509) 427-3900       
  • Police or Sheriff’s Department or agency that handles traffic control – Skamania County Sheriff’s Department (509) 427-9490



Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is 95 miles from Stevenson.


  • Vancouver (WA) is 40 miles away
  • White Salmon is 20 miles away



A list of accommodations in Stevenson can be found here.

1411 Fourth Ave., Suite 420
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 264-0667 
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