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Located in south central Washington State, Klickitat County lies at the junction where the Columbia River Gorge cuts through the eastern slopes of the Cascade Mountains. It encompasses 1,908 square miles (about the same size as the state of Delaware), has miles of whitewater streams, numerous lakes, the Columbia River, the Gifford-Pinchot National Forest and is home to the Klickitat Wildlife Management Area and Conboy Lake National Wildlife Refuge. The county is 84 miles wide and averages 23 miles north to south. Its 18,000 residents reside in cultural and historic communities which provide various cultural and business accommodations and world-class attractions.
Fishing, hunting, whitewater rafting, windsurfing, hiking, biking, horseback riding, cross country skiing, snowmobiling, berry and mushroom picking, and scenic tours provide outdoor recreation opportunities to thousands of travelers and business visitors to the Columbia River Gorge and the Cascade Mountains. Visitors find Klickitat County’s canyons and vistas, evergreen forests, scenic waterfalls, wildflowers, berry fields, ranchlands, sage-covered hillsides, river rapids, hiking and biking trails, deer, turkey, elk, salmon, steelhead, rodeos, festivals, and for those who seek it, seclusion, among the best in the U.S. The moderate climate makes Klickitat County a year-round outdoor recreation destination.
For a list of annual events please visit the Klikitat County calendar of events.
Demographics of Klickitat County
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Source: Oregon / Washington State Employment Depts., US Census Information provided by: MCEDD
Important Contact Info:
- Assessor: 800-764-2235
- Auditor: 509-773-4001
- Building: 800-538-8078
- Planning: 800-765-7239
- Public Works: 800-583-8074
Useful Websites of the Klickitat County Area
- The Greater Goldendale Area Chamber of Commerce
- KlickitatCounty.org: Planning Home
- City of White Salmon Planning Commission
- City of Goldendale Offical Website
- Mt. Adams Chamber of Commerce
- Mid-Columbia Economic Development District: Klickitat County
History of Klickitat County
The name Klickitat is usually considered to be a Chinook word meaning “beyond,” i.e., beyond the Cascade Mountains. Lewis and Clark called the tribe the Wah-how-pums. Their language was Shahaptian. The Klickitats were divided into an eastern division occupying the Klickitat and White Salmon River areas and a western division called the Taitnapams who lived west of the Cascades near the Cowlitz and Lewis rivers. The Klickitats were skilled horsemen, hunters, and traders. The women were noted for their intricately woven basketry. The Klickitats were one of 14 tribes grouped together as Yakima (or Yakama) at the June 1855 Walla Walla Council and were signatories of the Treaty of Yakima. Eventually most Klickitats moved onto the Yakama Reservation. By 1970 tribe members had become assimilated with the Yakama and there were only 21 Klickitats recorded as living in the state of Washington.
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