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Multnomah Falls 

Multnomah Falls is a convenient stop on the drive from Portland or the airport on the way to Skamania Lodge is easily the Columbia River Gorge's most famous waterfall. Multnomah Falls could very well be Oregon's prime waterfall attraction. It's visited by nearly 2 million people a year, but once you stand before this towering 620ft two-tiered column of water; you'll come to see why it's so popular. This Columbia River Gorge waterfall's cumulative height of 620ft is comprised of 541ft for the upper falls and 79ft for the lower falls.

Columbia River Gorge Parks and Forests

  • Gifford Pinchot National Forest
    The Gifford Pinchot Forest offers hiking, swimming, camping, picnicking, fishing, rock climbing, white water rafting, and many other recreational opportunities for visitors to the Columbia River Gorge
  • Beacon Rock State Park
    Beacon Rock is second largest monolith in North America with a hiking trail to the top where visitors thrill to vast open view of the Columbia River Gorge. A group site at Beacon Rock State Park is perfect for Columbia Gorge weddings, group meetings, and family reunions. Parking permits are required, $30 for an annual pass or $10 for a day pass. 
  • Oregon Parks and Recreation
  • Washington State Parks

Columbia River Gorge Attractions

  • Bonneville Dam
    Bonneville Dam offers education about salmon on the Columbia River. View steelhead and salmon as they climb the fish ladders. See huge sturgeon up close at the Bonneville Dam fish hatchery in Oregon.
  • Mt. St. Helens
    Mt St Helens is North America's only active volcano is spewing ash and steam almost every day. Visit the Mt. St. Helens observatory for a view into the mouth of the volcano.
  • Wind River Canopy Crane
    The only tree canopy in North America for research on old growth forest and new forest health.
  • Sternwheeler Columbia Gorge
    Take in the breathtaking beauty of the Gorge on the Sternwheeler. Enjoy wonderful meals on regular cruises and special meals on holiday excursions.
  • Hood River Railroad
    Scenic train rides in Columbia River Gorge that climbs to the foothills of Mt Hood, Oregon on the historic Mount Hood Scenic Railroads.

Columbia River Gorge Museums and History

  • International Museum of Carousel Art
    Hood River, Oregon; Home to the world's largest and most comprehensive collection of antique carousel art, the IMCA invites you to explore the rich history of this nostalgic machine.
  • Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center
    Learn all about the history of Skamania County and the Columbia River Gorge in this beautiful expansive Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Museum just across the road from Skamania Lodge in Stevenson, Washington.
  • Columbia Gorge Discovery Center/ Wasco County Historical Museum
    The Columbia Gorge Discovery Center is the official interpretive center for the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.
  • Maryhill Museum of Art
    Find out what is in store for the current month at Maryhill Museum of Art, including the changing exhibits, events, special programs, lectures, and activities for kids.  

This lodge is one of the friendliest places I know. Everyone seems to genuinely enjoy working there and doing whatever they can to assist the guests.

Jeanne, Salem Oregon

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