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.