Skamokawa Vista Park

Vista Park opened in 1981 on a 75-acre site along SR4 in Southwest Washington, located in the historic community of Skamokawa. Each year it draws locals and tourists alike for camping, picnicking, easy beach access, hiking, inspiring river views and recreational activities.  




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From May 1st through September 15th there is a required minimum Friday and Saturday night stay for all weekend reservations.
A $10 fee is charged for all cancellations regardless of how early the cancellation is made.
Cancellations occurring less than seven days prior to the arrival date will be charged for a one night stay.
All campers are asked to check in upon arrival, and pay for their site in full within 24 hours of arrival. 

Reservations may be made up to a year in advance. 

Check in: 2:00 p.m.  Yurts*: 3:00 p.m. 
Check out: 12 noon  Yurts* 11 a.m.
*yurt check in and check out times adjusted to allow staff                                                                     extra cleaning time 
6 persons and one vehicle allowed per site
Extra vehicles $5/night             Extra Tent $10/night 

Please note: collecting or cutting of wood, including driftwood, from any Port District property is not allowed, unless authorized by the Port Manager 


Full Hookup Sites

Partial Hook-up Sites


Tent Sites


Summer Rates May 1st – September 30th

Full hook-up $30/night
Partial hook-up – power only $25/night
Tent Sites $20/night



We now accept Good Sam discounts on Full, and Partial RV sites! Not a member? Click here to join for only $29/year.  

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Yurt Rental

 16-foot yurt – $45/night

20-foot yurt – $55/night

Pet Fee: $10 per pet

At this time, Yurts must be reserved by calling our office at 360-795-8605


Boat Launch

Vista Park, Skamokawa $5
Svensen Park, Puget Island  $5
Parking $5
Kayaks and canoes at both launches $2

Yearly Pass $50



Skamokawa has both a long history and prehistory; it was the site of an Indian village over two thousand years ago. The name Skamokawa means “smoke on the water,” so called after the fog which drifts down the three valleys opening onto the town and the Columbia River. Skamokawa was also the name of the last chief of the Wahkiakum Indians who’s home was located on the West end of the beach now known as The Cove.


Vista Park offers basketball, baseball, horseshoes, tennis, two playgrounds and of course bird watching, ship watching, fishing, and sunbathing. For those wanting to venture away from the campground there is plenty to do in the surrounding area including kayaking, disc golf, several museums, hiking, and fishing. 

Did You Know?

Skamokawa was listed on the National Register as a National Historic District in 1976, as one of the few surviving examples of a small water-based community once common along the lower Columbia River.


Pronounced Ska-Mah-Kah-Way, Skamokawa is a Chinook term for smoke, or fog, on the water 

Gift Shop

Our humble gift shop, located within the Vista Park office, has a selection of beverages, snacks and Vista Park branded clothing. We also sell ice, firewood, and have a Blue Rhino Propane exchange. 

Online Reservations

We now offer a fast, easy way for you to make a reservation online. Just click on our “Reserve Online” link at the top of our page to make a reservation, or check availability.  If a site does not appear, it indicates that it is not available for the dates that you selected.  Currently Yurts are blocked out for online reservations, and must be booked by calling the office at 360-795-8605. 

Numerous ships travel up and down the Columbia River in front of Vista Park and Skamokawa, Washington. Vista park is in the background of this drone footage at the beginning of the video and Skamokawa, Viewpoint Landing and Price Island are in the background near the end.

Wahkiakum Port Dist. #2

The port district runs several parks in the county including Vista Park, Coffee Pot Island, and Puget Island’s Svensen Park. Public meetings to discuss port business are held on the third Tuesday of the month at 5:00 p.m. in the Skamokawa Methodist Church, located at 5 Vista Park Road. Currently, the meetings are held remotely via Zoom.  The meeting ID is  984 096 8115, and the Passcode is 440554. 

Coffee Pot Island

Donated in 2016 to the Port by a private party, Coffee Pot Island is an uninhabited island in the Columbia River, just offshore from Svensen Park. Since acquiring the property, the Port has installed informative signs detailing the flora and fauna found on the island. It is a great destination by boat from our Svensen Park boat ramp.  


Svensen Park

Located on Puget Island it provides a boat launch, restroom, parking area, and river access for fishing and recreation.

265 W. Sunny Sands
Cathlamet, WA 98612


Jeff Smith

Port Manager

Jeff has been the port manager since April 2019. 


Brian O'Conner

Commissioner #1

Brian has been a port commissioner for 6 years and represents the Skamokawa Area

Lee Tischer

Commissioner #2

Lee is a fan of the Washington Huskies and represents the Puget Island area.

Austin Burkhalter

Commissioner #3

Austin represents the west side of the district and was sworn in September 2019.

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