Town of Cathlamet
375 2nd Street
Cathlamet, WA 98612
Office Hours open Mon., Wed. & Fri. 9 am - 12 pm and 1 pm - 4:30 pm.
Tuesday and Thursday 9 am to 12 pm
Phone: (360) 795 - 3203
Fax: (360) 795 - 8500
History & Demographics
Parks & Recreation
Cathlamet Blanche Bradley Public Library
Zoning & Planning
State Auditor Reports
State of the Town Report
Cathlamet Volunteer Fire Department
Erickson Park is a ten-acre park located at the top of Columbia Street in Cathlamet. The park property was purchased from Ed Erickson in 1947. With assistance from state and federal grants and many volunteer hours, the town has redeveloped the park into a facility that is used by many people. It includes restrooms, a covered picnic area, a tennis court, basketball hoops, horseshoe pits, playground equipment and nature paths. A skateboard park built by volunteers is expected to be completed in the near future to provide another source of recreation for local youth. A community garden was developed in 2010 in partnership with Wahkiakum County Health and Human Services to provide an area for residents to grow their own vegetables.
Strong Park is comprised of two acres on the Cathlamet waterfront adjacent to the Wahkiakum County Museum. The park contains an antique locomotive once used for railroad logging in the area, a colorful mural depicting historical events, picnic tables and benches, and a Master Gardeners "Butterfly Garden". There is a lighted waterfront trail with a wonderful view of the Columbia River leading from the park to the Elochoman Slough Marina. The trail crosses over Birnie Creek and the Cathlamet FFA fish-rearing project.
The Wahkiakum County Museum is operated by the Wahkiakum County Historical Society and contains a unique variety of historical artifacts and donated private collections. Items including Native American Chinook Tribe stone tools and arrowheads, to horse seining equipment used to pull in record sized salmon and sturgeon are all on display to help tell the story of the history of our region.
There is a collection of old photographs depicting the history of Cathlamet and Wahkiakum County, which are available for viewing, and copies of the photos may also be purchased. Other souvenir items are also available for purchase. Outside the museum you will find various pieces of old logging and fishing equipment on display.
While the exterior of this museum appears small, the wealth of history it contains is enormous and well worth the visit!
The Cathlamet Blanche Bradley Public Library is located above the New Community Center on Main Street. The library has recently undergone a major remodel which has made it much more accessible and efficient for the public. It has a great assortment of books for all readers as well as movies and books on cd and cassette for lending. Due to a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the library also has several computers with internet access for public use. The library offers a Summer Reading program for children and holds several book sales throughout the year.
The Julia Butler Hansen Municipal Swimming Pool is open from June to September for families to escape the heat in a safe, fun way! The outdoor pool was built in 1973 and 1974 with assistance from a grant from the Interagency Committee for Outdoor Recreation. The pool offers swimming lessons for all ages, water aerobic classes, lap swimming and features a children's wading pool. With financial assistance from the Cathlamet Women's Club and Wahkiakum County Sheriff Department, swim lessons for low income children and boater safety classes are offered each year at the pool.
The pool was named in honor of former Congresswoman Julia Butler Hansen who was also a Cathlamet resident.