The Washougal Schools district provides all the educational tools and resources to help students thrive in a safe, educational and healthy learning environment. Several schools are located in Washougal, including Cape Horn-Skye Elementary School; Gause Elementary School; Hathaway Elementary School; Canyon Creek Middle School; Jemtegaard Middle School; Excelsior High School; and Washougal High School. Private and parochial schools are also available near Washougal, with Riverside SDA Christian School being the closest one.

Colleges and Universities
Once students graduate from high school and are ready to continue their studies in a collegiate atmosphere, there are a number of colleges and universities that are ready to fulfill their higher learning ambitions. Many are located in the Portland metropolitan region, while a couple others are located a short commute outside the city. Students may choose to attend Portland Community College; Mt. Hood Community College; Clark College; University of Portland; Portland State University; Washington State University; Lewis and Clark College; or Clackamas Community College.

Parks in Washougal, WA
Washougal is home to many community parks and recreational areas, giving residents many reasons to spend their free time relaxing outdoors. Popular activities include fishing, kayaking and canoeing, swimming, picnicking, wildlife watching, hiking, or just meditating and taking in the natural scenery. In addition to the parks, residents can contribute their gardening skills at the community garden located in Hamllik Park. Another community garden will soon pop up in Hathaway Park.

Washougal’s parks include: Angelo; Campen Creek; Elizabeth; George Schmid Memorial Park; Hamllik; Hathway Upper and Lower; Lookout Ridge; Marble Kerr; Main Street Pocket Park; Oak Tree; Reflection Plaza; Sandy Swimming Hole; Steamboat Landing; and Stevenson Off-Leash Dog Park. The city’s Parks Department also has future plans to develop more parks for the community.

Local Attractions
In addition to the many city parks and recreational spots, Washougal is within proximity to some of the most scenic and breathtaking wildlife refuges and state parks, such as Franz Lake National Wildlife Refuge, Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge, and Reed Island State Park. If you’ve ever wanted to visit an actual Lewis & Clark site, Captain William Clark Park in Washougal is one of the few places where you can camp just steps from one of Lewis and Clark’s actual campsites. Be sure to also take a trip to Parker’s Landing Historical Park, Washougal’s place of birth. Boat launches, picnic areas under the harbor and nearby trails can be found at Parker’s Landing. No visit to Washougal—also known as the “Gateway to the Gorge”—would be complete without a trip to the Columbia River Gorge. The gorge’s National Scenic Area starts just east of Washougal and includes stops at several parks, hiking trails, the historical Sternwheeler, and the golf course at the Skamania Lodge.

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