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Natural Scenery: A glance will tell you why the Gorge is designated a National Scenic Area. Here you can experience a breathtaking landscape of mountain, river, stream, waterfall, canyon, forest, plateau, and high desert — all within a radius of a few miles.

Outdoor Recreation: The Gorge is a hands-on experience. Ways to get active with the local scenery include: hiking, biking, boating, whitewater kayaking and rafting, camping, fishing, hunting, horseback riding, rock climbing, golfing, bird and wildlife watching, skiing, snowmobiling, and of course world class windsurfing and kite boarding!

Culture and Entertainment: The Gorge is full of cultural delights - museums of fine art galleries that display the work of local artists. Two highly regarded interpretive centers provide a fascinating background on the natural and cultural history of the Gorge. Nightspots and pubs feature live music and local brews and wines, and annual festivals showcase entertainment.

Education: Education is an important priority in Skamania County and is consistent with Washington State, which ranks second in the nation for the highest number of residents who have completed at least 12 years of school. Facilities and equipment are modern, budgets are sound, community involvement is high and student/teacher ratios remain low. Upper division opportunities in the area include: Clark Community College in Vancouver, Washington State University branch campus in Vancouver (which offers junior, senior and graduate-level courses), and Columbia Gorge Community College in The Dalles, OR. There are more than a dozen colleges, universities, and technical training centers in Portland, just 45 minutes away.


Stevenson-Carson School District recently received a $315,000 grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to improve high school education and access to higher education in Washington State. This will be accomplished through support of school redesign, implementing early college awareness, and removing financial barriers at Stevenson High School


All recreational activities include a sweeping panorama of the breathtaking Columbia Gorge with the great river, majestic mountains, multi-hued canyons and waterfalls.


Windsurfing, kite boarding, sail boating, jet skiing, sea and whitewater kayaking, rock climbing, mountain climbing...


We offer year round recreational opportunities including snowmobiling, snow shoeing, cross-country and back-country skiing, hiking, mountain biking, hunting, fishing...