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Ilwaco, Washington

Ilwaco has numerous activities year round. For the outdoor enthusiast there is the fishing, both freshwater and saltwater, recreational opportunities such as hiking and biking at Cape Disappointment and Fort Columbia State parks and all the usual beach activities. Explore this page to find information on what to do in Ilwaco.

Cape Disappointment Lighthouse
Cape Disappointment Lighthouse. Photo by Jack High, Go Northwest!

Guides and Outfitters - Fishing Charters

Beacon Charters & RV Park. Located at the east end of the Port of Ilwaco, PO Box 74, Ilwaco, WA 98624. Phone: 360-642-2138. E-mail

CoHo Charters & Motel. PO Box 268, Ilwaco, WA 98624. Phone: 360-642-3333; Toll-free: 1-800-339-2646; Fax: 360-642-3758. E-mail

Pacific Salmon Charters. 191 Howerton Way, PO Box 519, Ilwaco, WA 98624. Phone: 360-642-3466; Toll-free: 1-800-831-2695. E-mail

Sea Breeze Charters. PO Box 303, Ilwaco, WA 98624. Phone: 360-642-2300; Toll-free: 1-800-204-9125. E-mail


Port Of Ilwaco. 165 Howerton Avenue, PO Box 307, Ilwaco, WA 98624. Phone: 360-642-3143; Fax: 360-642-3148. GPS: 46.18.53 N; 124.00.13 W.

The 800 slip marina serves commercial fisherman and recreational boaters. Year-round moorage is available as well as a Pavilion for public use. The Lewis and Clark Discovery Trail is part of the waterfront walkway. Festivals and events are held at the port throughout the year.

Outdoor Recreation

Cape Disappointment State Park. 244 Robert Gray Drive, Illwaco, WA 98624. Phone: 360- 642-3078.

Located 2 miles southwest of Ilwaco on Long Beach Peninsula, Cape Disappointment was formerly known as Fort Canby State Park. This park offers 2 miles of ocean beach, 2 lighthouses (North Head and Cape Disappointment), both freshwater and saltwater fishing, clamming, crabbing, freshwater boating, an interpretive center and 8 miles of hiking trails.

Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center Boat Display
Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center Boat Display. Photo by Jack High, Go Northwest!

Fort Columbia State Park. Chinook, WA 98614. Phone: 360-777-8221.

Located at the Chinook Point National Historic Landmark is the historical state park, Fort Columbia which features historic fort building and batteries, center, observation station, historic officer’s house and 5 miles of hiking trails.

Leadbetter Point State Park. Located in Ocean Park. Phone: 360-642-3078.

Located at the end of State Route 103 on the northern tip of the Long Beach Peninsula, Leadbetter is a day-use park with beach frontage on the Pacific Ocean and Willapa Bay and borders the Willapa National Wildlife Refuge and is part of the Willapa Bay Water Trail.

Wildlife Refuge

Willapa National Wildlife Refuge. 3888 State Route 101, Ilwaco, WA 98624. Phone: 360-484-3482.

This refuge is located on Willapa Bay and is the second largest estuary on the Pacific Coast covering 260 square miles of water surface. Explore the diverse ecosystems including forest, streams, freshwater wetlands, grasslands, salt marsh, tidelands, coastal dune and beaches. Over 200 bird species and over a dozen amphibians reside here.

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