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Franz Lake, a National Wildlife Refuge west of the community of Skamania, is the winter home to tundra swan and many other species of waterfowl? To view these magnificent birds, travel west on Highway 14 to mile marker 31.
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Where do we begin with suggestions for recreation opportunities in the Columbia River Gorge? The list is very long … you will find it all here. Lifelong natives have not had time to partake in every recreational activity that is available in the region. For more specific information about the Gifford Pinchot National Forest and Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument including maps, directions, road conditions, etc., check out http://www.fs.fed.us/gpnf/. You can pick and choose from the following list and spend three days, three weeks or three months enjoying our year-round recreation mecca. Make sure to stop by the Visitor Information Center at the Skamania County Chamber of Commerce (167 NW Second Street, Stevenson) for parking passes, maps or ideas.


The Skamania County West End Transit (WET) bus seasonal weekend transit will begin in April of 2017. The Dog Mountain shuttle was added to alleviate safety concerns during the wildflower season. The bus is ADA accessible and can accommodate bikes. The weekend runs have an emphasis on accessing federal lands.  These seasonal runs are paid for by a grant from Western Federal Lands, Washington Dept of Transportation, Friends of the Columbia Gorge, Stevenson, and Skamania County Tourism Funds. Beginning Saturday, April 15, 2017, a shuttle leaves for the Dog Mountain trailhead from the Skamania County Fairgrounds in Stevenson every 20 minutes beginning at 8:30 am.  For the full schedule, click here.  


Hiking Itineraries Using the WET Bus!

You can use the WET Bus to access many amazing Gorge experiences.  Friends of Columbia Gorge has created hike itineraries keyed to the WET Bus schedule.




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