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The upper Cascades of the Columbia River, 2 miles west of Stevenson, was the site of a portage where pioneers reassembled their wagons after rafting down the river from The Dalles, Oregon.

After steamboats began to ply the upper river, the town served as the transfer point from steamboat to portage for all traffic between Portland and the Inland Empire.

Today, Stevenson is the county seat of Skamania County. Just a few miles from town, is the award-winning Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center, which depicts the area's natural and cultural history.

Gorge Blues and Brews Festival | Columbia Gorge Bluegrass Festival |
Restaurants, Cafes, Delis, Bakeries Walking Man Brewery |
History Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center | Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Museum | Skamania County Museum |
Wildlife Viewing Franz Lake National Wildlife Refuge |

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05/26 Coming to The area
Columbia Gorge Wine and Pear Fest Hood River OR May18-19 Start off the weekend with friends and fun featuring Columbia Gorge wineries and eateries. Highlights include entertainment, live music, wine tasting, great food, fruit exhibits with samples, and local artisans.
4th Annual Tenor Guitar Gathering Astoria OR May30-June2 You'll hear guitars, ukeleles, banjos, and fiddles playing their tunes at the tenor guitar gathering.
Gorge Blues and Brews Festival Stevenson WA June21-22 Fine collection of local craft brews and local wines, a multitude of phenomenal foods, and great blues music, while benefiting local charities in the Columbia Gorge.
Columbia Gorge Bluegrass Festival Stevenson WA June25-28 Amazing talent, workshops, instrument contests and raffle, fine craft and food vendors, a merry beer garden, and nightly dances.