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Lodge History

In 1986, Congress passed an act that created the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. This scenic area was created to protect natural, scenic and cultural resources and to stimulate the economy of the Gorge region. The mission statement within the act called for a lodge and meeting center to be built - Skamania Lodge.

Located on 175 wooded acres overlooking the Columbia River Gorge and Cascade Mountains construction began July 16, 1991. A true public-private partnership involving four primary parties, The Columbia River Gorge Commission, The USDA Forest Service, Skamania County and Grayco Resources, Inc. - the builder, The Lodge opened its doors on February 26, 1993.

Skamania Lodge is home to original local artwork, ceramics and petroglyph rubbings depicting Native American history of the Columbia River Gorge and The USDA Forest Service - who has a permanent presence at the Lodge, providing information, interpretive services and occasionally, guided hikes along private trails.

History and beauty entwine with functionality at Skamania Lodge. With 254 guest rooms, 23 function rooms amongst 22,000 square feet of state-of-the-art meeting space, and banquet dining for up to 500 people, events at the Lodge are unparalleled. Lodge guests also enjoy the Cascade Dining Room or River Rock for a lighter fare and cocktails; play a round of golf on an 18-hole par 70 championship course or relax in the full service Waterleaf Spa.


The National Forest Foundation's Forest Stewardship Fund gives guests an easy way to be stewards of our amazing public lands. Throughout the country, when you stay at participating lodges, you may voluntarily contribute $1 per room night to the Forest Stewardship Fund, to enhance the National Forest or Scenic Area adjacent to where the funds are collected. The National Forest Foundation, the participating business and the local Forest Service work together to invest the funds in on-the-ground conservation projects, conducted through local non-profit partners.  Projects include those that improve wildlife habitat, enrich streams, restore native plants, and improve recreational experiences.  For more information about the fund, please visit the National Forest Foundation's website or contact Greg Peters at gpeters@nationalforests.org or (406) 830-3361.

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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