DescriptionSettled in 1844, Skamokawa (skah-MOCK-away) is among the best preserved of the river boat communities along the lower Columbia River. Houses dating from the late 19th century line the sloughs and creeks, recalling the era when waterways formed the lanes of commerce and communication. The town's name honors a Wahkiakum chief whose name translates to “smoke on the water,” a reference not to Deep Purple's classic rock song but to the area's early morning fogs.
Skamokawa Vista Park, west of town on SR 4, offers a good vantage point for watching giant freighters navigate the Columbia River shipping channel. Beachcombers will likely find pumice from the eruption of Mount St. Helens.
Things to SeeRiver Life Interpretive Center at Redmen Hall
KayakingColumbia River Kayaking