St. Helens is located in southeastern Columbia County
, on the Columbia River
, approximately 30 miles northwest of Portland
, between Columbia City
along Highway 30
. St Helens is also situated southwest of its supposed namesake, Mount St Helens
From its inception, the town's position on the river made it a port. Near the riverfront, the old town portion of St. Helens features a Nationally Registered Historic District encompassing 10 blocks, which includes residences and civic buildings dating back nearly a century. One of the more popular building in the historic district is a museum housed in the 1906 courthouse.
Originally settled by New England loggers, St. Helens' basalt rock quarry was also a major industry in the early 1900s. Major employers today include mining, forest products and manufacturing operations.
This section of the Columbia river along Saint Helens offers folks a large selection of Outdoor Activities, including some of the best Fishing anywhere in the state.