The Port of Camas-Washougal has a cool summer Mediterranean climate with warm dry summers. Temperatures in the Port of Camas-Washougal range from an average high of 20°C (68°F) in July and August to an average low of about 4°C (40°F) in December and January. Precipitation reaches a peak from November through January at around 18 centimeters (seven inches) and falls to a low of two centimeters (less than one inch) in July and August. Humidity levels vary from just over 80% in the summer, peaking in October at 90%. Snow comes to the Port of Camas-Washougal from late October through early April, peaking in January at about seven centimeters (three inches).
Located at Cottonwood Beach in Washougal, Captain William Clark Park was the site for a six-day camp for the Lewis & Clark Expedition's Corps of Discovery in 1806. At the entrance to this mile-long beach is a display with maps and information about the Lewis & Clark expedition. The Captain William Clark Park in the Port of Camas-Washougal has walking paths, covered cooking areas, picnic tables, paved parking, and replicas of the expedition's dugout canoes as well as Chinook canoes. The 3.2-kilometer (two-mile) walking trail strides the levee on the Park's north side.
The Columbia River Gorge is 128-kilometer (80-mile) long river canyon east of the Port of Camas-Washougal. With north canyon walls in Washington and the south canyon walls in Oregon, the Columbia River Gorge reaches depths of 1.2 kilometers (4000 feet). Visitors retrace the route of the Lewis & Clark Expedition and earlier Chinook fishermen through some of the most beautiful natural scenery in the United States. The Columbia River Gorge has one of the world's biggest concentrations of waterfalls. Multnomah Falls is the United States' second tallest year-round waterfall. The Gorge has supported human activity for more than 31 thousand years. Archaeological evidence shows that Folsom and Marmes peoples occupied the Gorge. Digs at Five Mile Rapids near The Dalles document salmon fishing activities for over ten thousand years.
Lined with communities that include Goldendale, The Dalles, North Bonneville, Cascade Locks, and the Port of Camas-Washougal, the Columbia River Gorge offers a wide range of attractions, galleries, dining, and shopping. Opportunities for recreation are limitless in the Columbia River Gorge. Rock climbers, hikers, campers, golfers, bird watchers, and photographers find many spots to enjoy their favorite sport. Water sports include whitewater rafting, wind surfing, fishing, kayaking, and boating. Guide services help fishers find the best spots and rafters enjoy exciting whitewater adventures. Land-based guides offer tours of the many wineries in the Gorge and some great wine-tasting opportunities. Along the route, there are many museums where travelers can enjoy exhibits covering the Ice Age, Lewis & Clark archaeology, and the cultures that have occupied the Gorge for thousands of years.
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