As summer goes on and temperatures continue to soar, everyone needs a spot to take refuge from the heat. The final major waterfall along the Washougal River, Dougan Falls can be sighted from a multitude of roadside stops. The falls are created as the Washougal River widens to more than 100 feet and suddenly crashed down 19 feet, into a narrow and deep pool.
Nestled towards the end of the winding paved river road, Dougan Falls offers visitors wading and swimming in the pristine clear water, relaxing the shallow waters at the top of the falls ,or just sunbathing on the sandy beach just below the bridge.
If you visit the waterfall when water levels are high, it is not uncommon to see many kayakers testing the waters.
There are picnic tables in the day-use area. Dougan Creek Campground is located hardly 100 yards away from the falls allowing visitors to lounge along the river banks for more than just a day.
As one may expect, a large number of people visit these falls making it a pain for those desiring a more secluded destination. That being said, a well-timed visit around the middle of the week ensures that you miss large crowds.
Dougan Falls Recreation Day Use site is a fee area. You can buy Discover Pass where hunting and fishing licenses are sold, online on the site discoverpass.wa.gov, or over the phone 866-320-9933. The annual pass is available for purchase.
Cautions: Cliff jumping and slippery rocks are associated with risks, please use caution and make safe decisions.
Dougan Falls | General Description
Open: Year-round, 1 hour before sunrise to 1 hour before sunset
Managed: Skamania County
Location: Washington State
Services: Vault toilets, potable water, garbage service, picnic sites
Activities: Swimming, cliff jumping, rock jumping, fishing, hiking
Accommodations: Dougan Creek Campground
Distance from the parking: Short
Road access: Any passenger vehicle
Day-use fees: Washington Discovery Pass
Dogs: Must be on a leash
Popularity: Extremely high
Elevation: 650 ft (198 m)
Dougan Falls Recreation Day Use site is located:
- 41 miles north of Portland (downtown)
- 87 miles north of Salem
- 150 miles north of Eugene.
Directions to Dougan Falls
- Take exit 27 in Washington State toward Camas and merge onto WA-14
- Follow 9.1 miles east to Washougal River Road to the destination.