Fur traders came this way in the late 1700s. They decided to travel up the mouth of the river to try and find its source. They ended up in what is now Washougal, Washington. The fertile land was great for farming and growing crops, so it quickly attracted settlers. Just a little while from here is where Louis and Clark camped on their famous expedition.
Today, Washougal still has just as much natural beauty as it did when the first settlement was established here, which makes it perfect for exploring with your pup! Gibbons Creek Wildlife Trail will be an epic adventure for you and your pooch. The trail takes you down a wooded path that has multiple footbridges along the Columbia River and its wetlands. You'll have to stay on the trail because it is easy to get lost in the marshes. Leashes are required, but with so much to see and smell, your dog won't mind at all!
For a full adventure, head on over to Reed Island State Park. You can camp, fish, and walk the trails. There is so much of the Columbia River basin to explore that you could easily spend a week here and not see it all. Your dog will have a blast in all the natural areas!