Beautiful, deep red bing cherries. Bunches of luscious, sweet scented lavender. Tall, bright green, crisp asparagus. Tender, light crepes stuffed with smooth, creamy peanut butter and drizzled with chocolate sauce. A cool glass of tart lemonade, with just a hint of sweet flavor. These freshly picked and homemade items are just a sampling of what is available right now at the Camas Farmer’s Market. It was established six years ago and aims to provide the community with fresh produce, as well as freshly made items like breads, crepes, cupcakes, salsas, honey and juices. As a non-profit organization, one of its primary goals is to make these kinds of fresh foods accessible to all people, no matter what their economic situation. In support of this mission, a partnership has been established with Clark County Public Health.
Discover Camas and Washougal
A lifelong resident of the Camas-Washougal area is among the people who provide information and assistance at the Two Rivers Heritage Museum. Bob Peake, 82, has volunteered there for 25 years. One of the areas he is most fascinated with is the “tool shed.”
A slew of well attended recent ribbon cutting events tell the tale. Downtown Camas is the place to be — both from an economic development and social standpoint.
The Downtown Camas Association recently received special recognition from the Washington State Main Street program. The recognition came as a result of the mill artifacts fundraiser, which generated 18,000 for the DCA. In the late 1800s, newspaper owner Henry L. Pittock decided to build a new paper mill and the town to support it. Lacamas, which would later be renamed Camas, was born. Nearly 130 years later, the mill continues its operation today at its site on Northeast Adams Street. It employs 500 people and remains one of the city's largest employers.
The Camas-Washougal area offers a variety of businesses, where customers are very likely to encounter the owners while shopping or eating. Children are appreciated at Dairy Queen There are a lot of memories captured on the walls of the Dairy Queen in Camas.
With its network of trails, well-paved roads and scenic views, the Camas and Washougal areas are fast becoming home to an emerging cycling culture.
No employment, married and needing money to feed his first child, Kerry Burkheimer designed his first fly rod at his home along the Washougal River. "This all started on a dinning room table," said the 65-year-old lifelong fishing enthusiast. "I put two kits together with the money my dad loaned me, took them to a shop in Battle Ground and they sold within one week. The guy at the shop told me to build him two more rods, and so I did." The rest, they say, is history. Burkheimer was building 70 to 80 rods per year from scraps in his home. For extra income, he guided fishing expeditions on the same Idaho and Montana rivers he ventured as a child. "That one rod saved my life," he would say, time and time again.
“Leave nothing but footprints. Take nothing but pictures. Kill nothing but time.” This popular quote describes some of the unwritten rules of hiking. In the Camas and Washougal areas, with close access to the Columbia River Gorge, there are a multitude of beautiful areas one could wander on for hours. Whether you are seeking a short, challenging hike with stunning views of the gorge, observing nature in a wildlife refuge, or traversing near local waterways, hiking spots in Camas and Washougal offer something to suit most interests and ability levels.Cape Horn TrailAt the Cape Horn Trail eight miles east of Washougal on Highway 14, hikers are greeted with an easy-to-moderate path that winds up through the Columbia River Gorge. During the spring, the wildflowers are dazzling and views are phenomenal on a sunny day. The trail is a complete, 7 mile loop with 1,200 feet of elevation gain. It continues to evolve with more routes and improvements.