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Cathlamet is a picturesque riverside settlement linked with rural Puget Island and known as Little Norway for its largely Scandinavian population. Of interest is the 1895 Pioneer Church, built into a rock outcropping that overlooks the village. The last remaining ferry service on the lower Columbia River operates between Puget Island—accessible by bridge from town—and Westport, Ore. Phone (360) 795-3301 for ferry information.
Displays at the Wahkiakum County Historical Museum , 65 River St., include Northwest Indian artifacts, farm implements, guns and logging equipment. The museum is open weekends May through October; phone (360) 849-4353.
A once endangered population of white-tailed deer, thought to be extinct in the 1930s, lives within Julia Butler Hansen Refuge for the Columbian White-tailed Deer. The refuge covers 4,757 acres on the mainland and several islands in the Columbia River below Cathlamet. Wildlife often can be seen from Steamboat Slough and Brooks Slough roads, especially in the morning and evening when the deer feed in the pastures. Motorists should watch for animals in or near roadways. Phone (360) 795-3915 for information.
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