Named after a local Indian chief, ‘Elowahka Jim,’ and once a famous salmon fishing port and transportation hub, the quaint port community of Ilwaco on the Columbia River is one of several seaside towns on the Long Beach Peninsula.
The peaceful town features a thriving art community, busy marina and some of the best salmon and sturgeon fishing in the United States. It offers an array of relaxing activities to enjoy, from beachcombing and walking to swimming, fishing, kayaking and biking and is home to two lighthouses, the southern end of the famous Discovery Trail, and the Leadbetter Point State Park and the Cape Disappointment State Park, which are short drives away. There are also several excellent museums to explore, including the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum, the Columbia River Maritime Museum, the World Kite Museum and Hall of Fame, and the Lewis & Clark National Historical Museum.
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222 Robert Gray Drive, Ilwaco, WA 98624, website, Phone: 360-642-2442 Photo: China Beach Retreat
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