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Leave the driving to us! The Pacific Transit System began operating in January of 1980. Members of the board of directors are Long Beach Mayor Jerry Phillips, Mayor of South Bend Julie Struck, Mayor of Ilwaco Gary Forner, Raymond Mayor Tony Nordin and Pacific County Commissioners Lisa Ayers, Lisa Olson and Frank Wolfe. Mayor Phillips serves as board chairman. The Transit director is Richard Evans. Pacific Transit has 22 employees. In 2017 the business operated more than 434,000 miles in Pacific County and provided more than 124,000 passenger trips. Since they began, Pacific Transit has traveled more than eight million miles and has provided over five million passenger trips to the citizens of Pacific County. A modern fleet of buses provides extensive service at modest rates throughout the county.

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• Pacific County Courthouse • Fine Museums • Cranberry Bogs • The Ports • The State and County Parks • Centennial Murals • Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center • Informational Kiosks • The Peninsula’s 28 Miles of Beach • The Canneries • Many Fine Restaurants & Shops • Historical Statues of People and Industries which have made this State and County Great

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Westport is famous all over the world as a great place to catch the big one, whether it be a salmon or a wave.

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Grayland and North Cove have beautiful secluded beaches that are known for excellent clam digging. Check with Washington State Department of Fish & Wildlife for shellfish seasons.




Tokeland was named after the Shoalwater Chief Toke of the Chehalis Tribe, who used the land as his summer home. Tokeland is now home to many artists, fishermen, and the Shoalwater Bay Reservation. Stop here for some great seafood. Raymond is the gateway to the Willapa. Set in the midst of lush forests, Raymond has a rich history as a lumber town.

Bay Center is a picturesque fishing village on the Goose Point Peninsula, about 12 miles south of South Bend. Bay Center is famous for its oyster and crab canneries.

South Bend is the county seat of Pacific County. The historic harbor town is also known as the Oyster Capital of The World. Try fresh, succulent Willapa Bay Oysters and Taste a bit of heaven! US


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SR6 Menlo is an agricultural community on State Route 6. The Pacific County Fair is held at the fairgrounds here every August.

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When you’re in the Willapa Harbor communities, come enjoy live theater! At the Historic Raymond Theatre

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Recreation… There’s plenty to keep you busy Bird watching Birdcalls serenade listeners throughout the Willapa wetlands, from the lilting melody of wrens to the low coo of doves to the raucous shriek of seagulls. Migrating waterfowl such as loons, ducks, double-crested cormorants and common mergansers feed in the Willapa Estuary. Migrations peak in spring and fall. Resident birds such as belted kingfisher and great blue heron live along the rivers. Owls, swallow and other small birds make upland forests their home. There are excellent bird watching sites all round Willapa Bay including the Willapa National Wildlife Refuge, Bay Center, and the Tokeland Marina.

life are constantly changing. It is advisable to pick up a Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet from any local sporting goods dealer.

Clam Digging

Young and old alike enjoy bird watching... so grab your binoculars and hit the trails. important to be aware of the tides. Tide tables are available at local retailers

Camping Pacific and Gray Harbor counties are great places to camp, whether you’re roughing it, in a RV or in a tent.



The waterways of Willapa Country offer many scenic opportunities for the boating enthusiast to enjoy a peaceful day on the water. The Willapa Water Trail stretches along pristine Willapa Bay. Kayakers and canoers enjoy paddles on the Palix River, Smith Creek and North River. When boating on Willapa Bay or tributary rivers, it is

Of all the attractions Willapa Harbor and surrounding areas have to offer, perhaps none are more enticing to visitors than the areas fishing waters. From the Pacific Ocean to Willapa Bay and the Willapa River, Pacific and Grays Harbor counties provide opportunities for even the most novice of anglers to take home a prize catch.


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Here are some tips and guidelines for some of the most popular catches: * Chinook Salmon. Chinook is first present in the Willapa Bay in August and September and in the rivers in September-October. * Sturgeon. When fishing for sturgeon in the bay, live sand shrimp and smelt are said to be the best bait. * Steelhead Trout. Steelhead is an ocean run rainbow trout, usually over 20 inches in length. They run in both summer and winter months. Summer runs usually peak in June, while the winter runs peak around January. * Rules, regulations and dates set by the Washington Department of Fish and Wild-

The beaches of North Cove, Grayland and West port are famous for their productive razor clam beds. Clam digging on the beaches is a favorite activity for locals and visitors alike. There are many different types of clam digging equipment. Tubular clamming guns come in either aluminum or plastic forms and clamming shovel lengths can vary greatly. Give each of these types a try and choose the one that fits you best. Other equipment handy for a dig includes: a net bag in which to store your clams, waders to brave the tide and warm clothes to fight off the elements. Area beaches and the dates they are open vary due to numerous environmental factors and permit availability. Always check the season and regulations with the Recreational Emergency Regulations Hotline at 360-796-3215, go online at: www.razorclams. com and don’t forget your shellfish/seaweed license.

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SCHOOL DISTRICTS The South Bend and Raymond school districts serve the incorporated cities, but they also draw students from beyond their urban growth areas. The remaining districts primarily serve rural areas. A summary of the five school districts, including a brief description of their facilities is provided below. South Bend School Mascot ... Henry Hackadoo

South Bend School District No. 118 The South Bend School District is home to the South Bend Indians and provides an elementary school, and a combined junior and senior

high school. The two facilities are located adjacent to each other on First Street in South Bend. Ancillary facilities include a gymnasium, bus garage, playground, track and field, and separate buildings for administration, vocational occupations, special education, and ECEAP. Raymond School District No. 116 Raymond School Mascot ... Sammy Seagull The Raymond School District is home to the Raymond Seagulls and provides the Ninth Street Elementary School and a new combined


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junior and senior high school. The facilities are located across from each other at Ninth and Commercial Streets in Raymond. The district also provides a gymnasium, bus garage, ECAP building, athletic practice field, tennis courts and a playground. Naselle Grays River Valley School District No. 155 The Naselle Grays River School District provides a single school combining all grades, kindergarten through 12th. The Naselle School is located at the intersection of Highways SR 401 and SR 4, within the rural activity center of Naselle. Ancillary facilities include a gymnasium, separate maintenance/bus garage, and outdoor athletic field.

Willapa Valley School Mascot ... Val Viking Willapa Valley School District No. 160 The Willapa Valley School District is home to the Willapa Valley Vikings and provides one elementary school and one junior/senior high school. The elementary school is located in Old Willapa. The Willapa Valley High School is located in Menlo. Both of the campuses contain a gymnasium. The Menlo campus also provides athletic fields and a bus garage. North River School District No. 200 The North River School District provides a single facility serving kindergarten through 12th grade.

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BAY CENTER/NEMAH AREAS The Bay Center and Nemah areas are located on the eastern shore of the Willapa Bay. Bay Center is on the Goose Point Peninsula and extends into the geographic center of the Willapa Bay. The community, which is the oldest continuously



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Boats are shown moored in the Bay Center Marina. occupied community in Pacific County, depends heavily on commercial fishing and seafood farming and processing for its existence. Dungeness crab, salmon, Pacific oysters and Manila clams are the major products of Bay Center. Fresh Willapa Bay oysters and seafood are available for purchase at many of the canneries. Bay Center is home to several oyster seed hatch-

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eries, a finfish and shellfish industry and cattle ranches. Settlers first came to Bay Center in 1853, but the area was the site of an Indian encampment and trading ground before and after that date. Joel Brown, a man who took a land claim in the area now known as Rhodesia Beach (named for the Rhoades family) in 1853, was the first white settler. With a booming oyster and farming industry, the beachfront of the peninsula was crowded with homes occupied by farmers and oystermen by 1873. The Bay Indians called the river and the camp Palix, meaning “slough covered with trees”. The name was later changed to Bay Center when a post office was established in 1876. The Nemah area has

historically been a farming and logging community that developed near the mouth, delta, and the three Nemah rivers (North, Middle and South Forks). Settlers first arrived in Nemah in the 1890s, but as with Bay Center, the area had previously been the site of an Indian village. Access to the Nemah area was by water until the Ocean Beach Highway was constructed in the 1920s. Today, U.S. Highway 101 travels through this area. Bay Center has traditionally been a residential and commercial community, with natural resource based industries, cattle ranching and hay production. The Nemah area is sparsely developed and has considerable timber resource lands.

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Dial- A-Ride service For Dial-A-Ride service you need to call the Pacific Transit System office a minimum of the day before your intended pickup time. If you are capable of riding the fixed route and live less than one quarter mile from an existing bus route you may not be eligible to ride Dial-A-Ride. If you are capable of riding the fixed route you may be transferred to the fixed route to carry you further to your destination. You need to be ready 15 minutes ahead, of your scheduled pick up time. The driver will wait only five minutes from time of arrival. If you do not ride the Dial-A-Ride it will count as a no-show. The Dial-A-Ride can be up to 15 minutes late from your scheduled pick up time. Keep this in mind when scheduling a ride. This is a curb-to-curb shared-ride service provided through advance reservations. If you have an oversized mobility aid, transportation may or may not be available. Carry-on items should be limited to only those you can manage. No packages or equipment may block the main aisle. Drivers are not responsible for making changes to your itinerary.

You must call the office to arrange new, change, or cancel travel plans. If you must cancel your trip, you must call the office at least one hour prior to scheduled pickup time. Failure to comply will result in a “no-show” If you plan intermittent stops during your travel, you must have advance reservations for drop off and pick-up times. Drivers will not wait for passengers at intermittent stops. If you need to transport your pet, a commercial carrier is required. If you have any questions regarding Dial-ARide Service call 360-8759418 or 360-642-9418.

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3DFL¿F&RXQW\HOHFWULFDOSRZHUVXSSOLHU The largest power supplier in Pacific County is the Public Utility District No. 2 of Pacific County (P.U.D.). Formed in November 1936, the P.U.D. serves all of Pacific County with the exception of small areas in the northwest and east portions of the county. The P.U.D. is a slice/block customer of the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA). P.U.D. No. 2 of Pacific County has eight delivery points from the Bonneville Power Administration within Pacific County. The P.U.D. has offices at 405 Duryea Street in Raymond and at 9610 Sandridge Road in Long Beach.

office. Third Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. at the Long Beach office. Mike Swanson, president Diana Thompson, vice president Richard Anderson, secretary


Public Utility District No. 2 of Pacific County located at 405 Duryea Street in Raymond As of January 1, 2018 Employees: 56 Consumers: 17,360 Net Investment $51,589,402 2017 Sales (kWhrs) 314,670,811

Operating Revenue: $26,262,025 Board of Commissioners meetings First Tuesday of the month at 1:00 p.m. at the Raymond

Jason Dunsmoor, general manager, Kayla Calabrese, administrative secretary/ treasurer, Craig Kalich, chief of engineering and operations, Jim Dolan, customer service manager, Craig Murray, Willapa operations manager, Danny Avalon, Peninsula operations manager, Renae Powell, auditor, Mark Hatfield, finance manager, Marc Wilson, IT manager and Humaira Falkenberg, power resource manager.

PACIFIC COUNTY PUBLIC UTILITY DISTRICT No. 2 Meter Base Surge Arresters Your local PUD can install a “meter base surge arrester” to protect against high-voltage disturbances before they enter your home. Unit cost is $175 for a 200-amp service, and comes with a 10-year warranty.

Bill Paying Methods x Automatic withdrawal from your checking or savings account. x Make your payments in the office, by phone or on the Internet with a VISA or Master Card credit or debit card. Log on to: https:/

You Can Make a Difference! Clean, renewable energy generated from wind, solar, geothermal and small hydro projects are the preferred environmental power! The PUD is able to offer our residential and business accounts the opportunity to purchase green power.

There is no limit on how much you can buy.

How do I know I am receiving Green Power? We can’t guarantee that actual green electrons will reach your home or business, but the amount you purchase will be delivered to the Northwest power grid. By purchasing green power, you increase demand and support of the development of other renewable energy projects that are better for the environment and for your children’s future.

Your local PUD offers walkthrough energy audits for residential and commercial accounts.

Senior Citizen and/or Disabled Citizen Discount Discounts for low-income senior citizens and/or disabled citizens. Must be a Pacific County PUD customer for one full year to qualify. For more information please contact the office nearest you.

yProject Warm Heart y Project Warm Heart is to help low income residents with their household electrical bills. This PUD emergency program is for those who are in a crisis. A dollar from each PUD rate payer could produce $15,000 for this program. All monies collected go directly to help those who qualify in Pacific County. You can make arrangements to include this donation on your monthly PUD bill or make a one-time donation.

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Kidnapping of the county seat By John A. Morehead There are many sensational accounts of the removal of the county seat from Oysterville on Sunday morning, February 3, 1893. Each of them is more dramatic than another. J.A. Morehead, an eyewitness, wrote the following account many years ago. It appeared in the Sou’wester in 1975, a historical quarterly of the Pacific County Historical Society. Having attended several meetings of pioneers and others in the north end of the county, I notice that there is an increasing tendency for someone to arise and tell how the South Benders stole the county seat from Oysterville in the early nineties. This talk usually goes over strong with the younger generation and the latecomers to the county. The speaker is invariably one who was not present when this predatory excursion was pulled off. This is a matter concerning which I have had more or less feeling, as it was totally uncalled for, and reflected no credit on the parties participating, as the courts had passed on the matter of moving the courthouse, and the officials were proceeding to carry out the orders of the court in a peaceable manner. I speak with authority, as I was one of the County Commissioners at the time. Here is what I personally know. On a slushy Sunday in February of 1893, two steamers were seen coming up the channel from the lower bay. When they were opposite Oysterville, one was seen to turn off over the flats of that town and the other proceeded on to Sealand where upwards of fifty men clamored onto the dock. We had been watching them, and Jim Morrison said, “They are


The Pacific County Historical Courthouse is located on Memorial Drive in South Bend, Washington. It was erected in 1910 and was entered in the National Register of Historic Places on July 20, 1977 by the U.S. Department of the Interior. after the courthouse, and now for some fun.” He grabbed up his shotgun, and marched out on the dock with a military stride, and took up a beat from one side of the wharf to the other. When the oncoming horde saw that the wharf was guarded by an armed man they stopped and held a consultation among themselves. Finally, three or four of the bravest ones were detailed to go forward and hold a parley with the supposed representative of the enemy. The only terms on which Jim would allow them to pass was that they take a round of drinks in his saloon before proceeding on to Oysterville! They took a couple teams, one of which was mine. I was censured by the Oystervillians for allowing my team to engage in such unholy work, but as I was engaged in teaming between the two towns, I considered that my business, as it was agreeable with the driver to do the work and union prices were not followed that day. Arriving at the courthouse in Oysterville, the two parties went into a huddle to talk over their method of procedure. Finally, an egotistical tailor and taxidermist named John Hudson…

stepped forward and after rolling up his sleeves, so as to show his well-developed biceps, assumed an attitude and kicked in the door of the courthouse. The mob swarmed in and seemed to be more intent on satisfying their curiosity than in carrying away the contents of the offices. The Pacific County Auditor, Phil D. Barney, had not taken much interest in the proceedings until he sauntered into his office and discovered that they had broken into a private drawer in his desk and were scattering his private papers about the room. Immediately there was something doing in the auditor’s office of Pacific County. Barney grabbed up a chair leg and the execution he did with it on the head of those South Benders would have put Samson of old to shame as he spread carnage among the Philistines with the jawbone of an ass. After quiet was partially restored, an official from South Bend posted himself at one of the doors and proposed to admit only those handpicked individuals that suited his fancy. Yours truly was refused admission by him, but such a forcible argument was presented that

he gladly deserted his post. They took away some of the records and furniture with them, on their departure, and in due time the contents of the courthouse were removed over to South Bend by the usual method of transportation. To show that there was no demand at that time for nerve tonic in the booming city on the banks of the Willapa, bills were presented to the commissioners for services rendered to the county while looting its property. It is unnecessary to say that those bills were disal disallowed by the board without a debate, by a two to one vote. The old Bristol and Leonard brick building was used for a temporary courthouse. After waiting for nearly a year for the businessmen in the lower part of town to secure a site as they had pledged themselves to do before the election, and the rent of the brick building having been raised, the Commissioners unwillingly were forced to select the site known as the “Old Courthouse,” isolated as it was, a mile or more from the town. The Northern Land and Development Company contributed the site and $5,000 was pledged by the city for the purpose of building the courthouse, that their land in that section might be boomed. Later on, as Raymond developed into a city, this town began to show a willingness to be considered a candidate for the county seat. This aroused the citizens of South Bend, and they got busy in a movement advocating the building of a new courthouse downtown. They then entered into a contract with the board, pledging to give $10,000 toward the building. The building was ordered built in 1910, the contract “was unfortunately lost,” and the county financed the building.

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3DFL¿F&RXQW\+LVWRULFDO6RFLHW\0XVHXP9LVLWRU&HQWHU %RRNVWRUH The Pacific County Museum and Visitors Center is an educational institution operated by the Pacific County Historical Society since 1970. Located in downtown South Bend, the museum houses a permanent collection as well as temporary displays related to county history. The museum collects and archives records and items related to Pacific County history. The collection includes over 10,000 photographic images, more than 1,500 historical artifacts and countless archival records. The museum attracts hundreds of visitors and researchers annually and is open seven days a week from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. A museum store offers a wide variety of books, maps, charts, and photos related to Pacific County and regional history. The history of Pacific County lives on the pages of its magazine, The Sou’wester. For more than 46 years The Sou’wester has chron-


Pacific County Historical Society Museum, Visitors Center and Bookstore is located at milepost 54 on Hwy. 101 in South Bend, Washington. icled the rich stories of the people and places of Pacific County. Society members receive issues as part of their membership. Travelers and locals are encouraged to drop by and see what the museum and visitors center have to offer. Its website is www. The

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Willapa Bay Oysters Submitted by Keith A. Cox Pacific County occupies 1,000 square miles in extreme Southwestern Washington, and its commercial advantages is it has a wealth of natural resources. Within the western portion of Pacific County is enclosed Willapa Bay, with a water area of 100 square miles tributary to the Pacific Ocean. Into this bay flows over a dozen small fresh water rivers or streams, mixing with the salt water of the Pacific, making it a natural and ideal estuary for oyster life. The oystering industry of the bay, began in the 1850s when enterprising traders began to fish native oysters from the estuary, taking full cargo loads to San Francisco. The trade grew rapidly and soon

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Photo shows three generations working together gathering oysters from Willapa Bay. made a flourishing business, with villages given entirely to the gathering, transplanting and shipping of these native oysters. Due to a number of circumstances including cold winters, run-off from logging, and over fishing, these slow growing oysters could not keep up with the demand. So the import of other species of oysters from different parts of the world, which have been transplanted in the bay each finding varying degrees of success over the decades, would become one of many changes over the industries 165-year history. In fact, Willapa Bay was originally charted and known as Shoalwater Bay, all the way up to the 1890s. Another major change is oyster fishing quickly became oyster farming, as even during the native oystering years, oystermen would transplant the oysters from one bed to another. With the import of non-native species, oystermen began planting oyster seeds on privately owned tidelands, transplanting and nurturing their crop all the way up to

harvest, which still continues today. The various methods in which oystermen farm their oysters, are dependent on their tidelands, and preference. Different oyster beds find different successes, some are great for nurturing small oyster seeds, where as other beds get a better food supply, which is the most common reason for transplanting the crop from one bed to another. Among the 25 plus current oystering companies on the bay, a majority farm ground culture oysters, but there are a number of oystermen who also use off-bottom culture methods. The boats used within the industry have also seen many changes over the years, from sailboats, to various wooden boats to now most commonly aluminum vessels. Historically the oysters whether for transplant or harvest, were often tonged from the bay at high water, which is a method still used in other parts of the world, but no longer in Willapa Bay. Although hand-picking oysters

at low tide is still common, at high tide a method known as oyster dredging is most common, which entails dropping a “dredge” bag to the mud with mechanical booms, as the boat moves along the water’s surface dragging the bag along the bay floor collecting the oysters, then hoisting them up to be dumped out onto the boat. Through all the industries changes, the one thing that has remained constant across the many generations of oystermen, is their dedication to their farms and the industry, by continuing to be the bays biggest advocates for preservation of clean waters, keeping Willapa Bay one of the healthiest estuaries in the United States. To learn more about the industry, check out the videos (free viewing) on the website:, as native born and raised Keith A. Cox, spent four years capturing the heart of the industry, as he produced over 12 hours of videos, showcasing the families and companies along with every aspect of the oystering lifestyle.

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FIRE DISTRICTS There are eight fire protection districts that serve Pacific County. These districts operate as junior taxing districts within the county with all revenue obtained from property taxes or special bonds. Volunteers who report to the emergency scene or to assigned stations to bring equipment to the fire scene provide the bulk of fire suppression resources. The only district with a paid staff is District No. 1 on the peninsula with a staff of 24 paid employees and 40 volunteers. Two districts, 3 and 8, contract with nearby cities for fire protection. Pacific County Fire District No. 1 Pacific County Fire District No. 1 serves the entire south Pacific County Advanced Life Support Ambulance needs with six advanced life support ambulances and two four-wheel drive, basic life support rescue vehicles. The fire district also provides inter-facility transports to higher level care facilities in Seattle, Tacoma, Olympia and the Portland/Vancouver metropolitan area. In January 2007 the District purchased a 2006 Ford Med Tech Type II ambulance. This ambulance is used primarily for out of town transports and is designed for patient comfort. The district responds from seven fire stations placed strategically from Seaview to Ledbetter Point, providing fire protection to all areas not within the city limits of Long Beach and Ilwaco. Station 21-1 at 26110 Ridge Avenue in Ocean Park and Station 21-2 at 3707 N Place in Seaview are staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. There are a total of 24 paid full-

time employees and 40 actively involved volunteers that serve 6,000 year-round residents. Fire District 1 supports an intern program and a high school cadet program, which provide opportunities for those interested in pursuing a career in emergency services. Approximately 64 percent of all Fire District 1 responders are Washington state certified paramedics, EMTs or First Responders. EMS training is conducted through on-going training and evaluation programs and classes, seminars, conference and specialized training. Fire District No. 1 is proud of its response times which average under five minutes from dispatch to arrival in most cases, and their commitment to community and customer service. Chinook District No. 2 The Chinook District No. 2 serves the Chinook valley area to the Oregon border. Maintains one fire station in Chinook and operates with 18 volunteer fire fighters, two EMTs, and one paramedic. Equipment includes three trucks. Willapa Valley District No. 3 The Willapa Valley District No. 3 serves the area east of Raymond to Elk Prairie Road, north to the county border, and west to Baleville. The district contracts with the City of Raymond to provide fire protection services throughout the majority of the district. District volunteers staff one satellite fire station in Lebam and another one in Menlo. Naselle District No. 4 The Naselle District No. 4 extends east to Salmon Creek, west to Parpala Road, north to Johnson Landing, and south

along Knappton Road. Maintains one fire station and operates with a volunteer staff of 30 fire fighters, and seven EMTs. Equipment includes three tankers, three trucks, three ambulances, and one rescue vehicle. North Cove District No. 5 The North Cove District No. 5 includes the Pacific coast area from Tokeland, north to the county border. Service is provided from two fire stations located in North Cove and Tokeland with a volunteer staff of 24 fire fighters and one paramedic. Equipment includes two trucks, one tanker, and one brush truck. Bay Center District No. 6 The Bay Center District No. 6 serves the Bay Center peninsula west to Goose Point, and the area south to Nemah, and north to

Stony Point. Service is provided from one fire station in Bay Center and with a volunteer staff of 14 fire fighters, four EMTs, and seven First Responders. Equipment includes three trucks, and one tanker. Nemah District No. 7 The Nemah District No. 7 serves the area from Nemah Road to Linn Point. The district provides one fire station and operates with a volunteer staff of eight fire fighters, and two trucks. Rural South Bend No. 8 The Rural South Bend No. 8 service area extends from Eklund Park, west to Bruceport Park with the exception of Stony Point. The district contracts with the City of South Bend to provide fire protection services.


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Willapa Harbor Hospital is located at 800 Alder Street in South Bend Pacific County Public Hospital District No. 2 owns and operates the Willapa Harbor Hospital, a 15-bed acute care/ critical access hospital. The Hospital District considers the northern portion of Pacific County to be its

primary service market and provides acute care service to patients in that area. The services provided include acute care, inpatient and outpatient, surgery, endoscopy, emergency room, primary care physicians and

the related ancillary services. The Willapa Harbor Hospital board of commissioners for 2018 are Tim Russ, Gary Schwiesow, Dave Vetter, Kathy Spoor and Jeff Nevitt. Appointed officials include Willapa Harbor Hospital CEO

and Administrator Carole Halsan, CFO Phil Hjembo and CCO Terry Stone. The Willapa Harbor Hospital is located at 800 Alder Street in South Bend and you may contact them at 360-8755526.

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Willapa Valley


members of the Keil colony arrived in the valley and filed Donation Land Claims throughout the valley. When a post office was established on September 5, 1894, the department decided on the name “Menlo”. The name was taken from a sign settler John Brophy had erected to advertise his real estate development in the area. The sign originally read “Menlo Park” but had been moved around the valley so much only “Menlo” remained when the post office adopted the name.

families settled in the area in 1886 and have been a dominant group in the community for over 100 years. Descendants hold a variety of ethnic celebrations at the Lewis/Pacific Swiss Picnic Grounds on Elk Prairie Road each year.

Lebam Lebam is a farming and residential community on Hwy. 6. Settlers first moved to the site in 1879 and called their little community Half Moon Prairie, or Half Moon

Frances Frances is a farming community on Highway 6. E. H. McHenry, chief engineer of the Northern Pacific Railroad survey crew who passed through the area in 1892, bestowed the name. Frances was his wife’s middle name. Several Swiss/German

Creek. When the post office was established May 26, 1890, postmaster Jotham “Joe” Weeks Goodell was asked to supply a shorter name. Goodell considered various alternatives but finally submitted the reversed spelling of his daughter Mabel’s name. Lebam was a prosperous sawmill and farming district town for nearly three decades. Two calamitous fires in the 1920s almost destroyed the town but residents rebuilt both times.

Menlo Store Family owned and operated for 49 years at the same location! Phone: 360-942-3823 Fax: 360-942-4829 Willapa People Mon.- Sat. 7AM-7PM om l Ray Val Sunday 11AM-7PM & mond, South Bend, Closed Thanksgiving & Christmas

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Menlo is a small community in Willapa Valley and home to the Pacific County Fairgrounds. Around 1851, Captain Herman Croker had a claim on the Willapa River near the future site of Menlo. In November 1855,


The young schwingfest wrestlers shown here, Aiden Ziegler, on top, and Aiden Markestad (both boys wrestled for the LPSS Club in Frances) competed during a community event held at the Lewis-Pacific Swiss Society Park in Frances.


Willapa Valley is the location of the historic residential and commercial centers of Menlo, Lebam and Frances. The area was first settled in 1852 by Samuel Woodard who took a donation land claim of 640 acres. For many years, this location was known as Woodard’s Landing and served as the port for the large boats that came in from Portland to discharge cargo and mail. When logging began in the 1870s, the area began to grow. The name was changed to Willapa in 1884. The community of Willapa was the hub of the Willapa Valley. Boats came in three times a week to discharge cargo, mail, and passengers, and two large warehouses held supplies for the valley. Sidewalks were constructed along the main streets and roads were planked where needed. As Willapa boomed, houses sprung up everywhere, and by 1887 the community provided hotels, drug stores, a real estate office, and a barbershop. By 1900, the business center had moved to South Bend and Raymond.

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Northwest Carriage Museum 2018 Submitted by NWCM Director Laurie Bowman The Northwest Carriage Museum in Raymond, Washington is north Pacific County’s most visited tourist attraction. Voted one of Washington’s best museums, the Carriage Museum houses one of the finest collections of 19th century horse drawn vehicles in the entire country. Every year, thousands upon thousands of people make the Northwest Carriage Museum a “must see” destination stop while visiting the Pacific Northwest. Visitors have been pleasantly surprised to find such a world-class collection of horse drawn vehicles in the tiny town of Raymond. The Northwest Carriage Museum opened in 2002 as a result of a very generous donation of 21 carriages from a local family. Over the years, the collection has grown to 50 vehicles including a variety of carriages, buggies, wagons, sleighs and commercial vehicles. The museum’s collection includes an 1888 stagecoach, which was recently featured on Travel Channel’s “Mysteries at the Museum,” a 1900 hand carved hearse from Vienna, Austria, a chuck wagon, a beautiful cut under wicker Phaeton, a 1880 mail wagon and the magnificent Brewster Summer Coupe Brougham. Several vehicles in the collection have an “old” movie connection. Come see our C-spring Victoria used in Shirley Temple’s “Little Princess” or our beautiful Landaulette used in the original “Ghost and Mrs.

Muir” starring Rex Harrison and Gene Tierney. Of course, everyone loves viewing our famous Shelburne Landau that was Belle Watling’s carriage in the classic “Gone with the Wind.” In addition to our many vehicles, the museum houses many other period artifacts from the 19th century. Clothing, travel trunks, harness gear, hand tools, carts and an amethyst glass collection are beautifully displayed throughout the museum. Looking for something fun for the kids? The museum includes a user-friendly one room schoolhouse where children can write on the chalkboards and ring the school bell. They can also dress in period clothing and have their pictures taken on our Three Spring Democrat Wagon. Parents will also enjoy visiting our wheelwright/blacksmith display where they can view how wooden spoked wheels were made. The Northwest Carriage Museum is located at the junction of Hwy. 101 and State Route 6 in Raymond, Washington. Right outside our

doors is the beautiful Willapa River and a well maintained park that is the perfect place for you and your family to enjoy a picnic. Within walking distance are restaurants, and shopping opportunities. Bring your walking shoes or bikes and hike/ride the Willapa Trails pathway to South Bend. Bring your kayak and put in at the city dock right next to our building. The Northwest Carriage Museum is open year round from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. We have a unique gift shop featuring a variety of jewelry, books, toys and local products. Group tours are our specialty and can be arranged in

advance. We have admission discounts for families, seniors and military personnel. AAA members can show their card and save as well. We believe you will love your visit to the Northwest Carriage Museum and hope you visit soon. Visit us at www.nwcarriagemuseum. org or call us at 360-942-4150 for additional information. You can also find us on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram.


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Ocean Park Area

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SW Washington’s Beach & Bay

“The Ocean Park Area prides itself on…Friendliness.” Known for being close to nature and providing access to activities the entire family will never forget, including beautiful scenery, historic landmarks, art, antiques, walking trails, festivals galore, seafood straight from the sea & bay, the Ocean Park Area is the place to be! Nestled between the roaring Pacific and the pristine Willapa Bay and guarded by the mighty Columbia River to the south…the Ocean Park Area is THE COAST to visit ALL the year through!


o help our guests find their way around, we are going to list some of the “don’t miss spots.” Please visit the Chamber web site for web page listings and more information on the businesses, activities and events found here. The address is eadbetter State Park and the Willapa National Wildlife Refuge — If nature, peace and solitude are your desires at the beach, then this is the place to go. It is possible to see over 100 varieties of birds here as well as black


bear, deer, elk, and a host of smaller animals in the Refuge. The park does require the Washington State “Discover Pass” which is $11.50/ day or $35.00/year for vehicle access. Jack’s Country store sells these passes. ahcotta Tidelands Interpretive Site — The Interpretive Center on Sandridge Rd. has signage describing animal and plant life in Willapa Bay. It is the only place where oysters can be harvested on this side of the bay. Oysters must be shucked on site and the shells left there for future oysters to grow on. he Beach — The Ocean Park Area beaches are famous for razor clams, “treasure hunting” and for being able to drive on the beach at low tide. If you have a disability, or walking in soft sand is difficult, our drivable beach offers the opportunity to easily visit the waters edge. The Chamber Web site provides links about Razor clamming. ysterville — is a very special historic place with its beautiful church, pioneer school house, vin-




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tage homes and walking tour brochure (available in the old church). V esper services are held each Sunday during the summer and the church or school house are available for weddings and a variety of community activities. Unbelievable peace and solitude are found here. cean Park Walking Tour — The walking tour brochure is available at the Chamber office and online. The self-guided tour offers an interesting glimpse into the remnants of Ocean Park’s past. illapa Bay Interpretive Center — Visit a replica of the residence of oystermen and their families. The Interpretive Center has a video and commands a beautiful view of Willapa Bay. ysterville Post Office — The Oysterville post office is the oldest in the state operating under the same name. ysterville Cemetery — Chinook Indian Chief Nahcati is buried here along with many early settlers and sailors. For a history buff this is a fascinating place and it is also very quiet and peaceful. ahcotta Post Office — shares the building with Bailey’s Bakery & Cafe. It’s fun to just go in the old post office and imagine what life in Nahcotta was like 100 years ago. arlic Festival — For over 30 years it has been “Chic to Reek” in Ocean Park on the 3rd weekend in June. Come




join us for two fun-filled days of musical entertainment, plus food and craft vendors. This is the ideal place to buy all of the garlic variety items and condiments that you cannot find at your local stores. ld Fashioned 4th of July — Every year Ocean Park hosts a 4th of July Parade that brings families from W ashington and the neighboring states to participate in the parade. Kid’ s bicycles are decorated for free, there are fire trucks galore, an official flyover by the Coast Guard, family decorated floats and a good time is had by all. A very special small town family parade! rt in the Park — In an effort to feature our many talented local artists, The Chamber sponsors “Art in the Park” on the 4th of July . Located on Sheldon Field, across from the school where the parade ends. Please join everyone shopping for local crafts and art work. od Run to the End of the World — Since 1983, the Beach Barons Car Club has hosted a car show for approximately 750 participants to show off their cars to avid attendees at their 30 acre field, the weekend after Labor Day . There are also food, car products and craft vendors plus a swap meet. If you have any interest in cars at all, you’ll see a variety of cars 30 years and older all in one place. Awesome! For More information Visit




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Ocean Park Resort Motel & RV Park 25904 ‘R’ St. Ocean Park (360) 665-4585 Shakti Cove Cottages 25301 Park Ave Ocean Park (360) 665-4000 Surfside Golf Course 31508 ‘J’Place Ocean Park (360) 665-4148 Streetside Taco @ Ocean Park 1910 Bay Ave. Ocean Park

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Ocean Park Area Visit our area for a vacation close to nature, wrapped in beautiful scenery, activities that the entire family will never forget, events nearly every weekend of the year, historic landmarks, walking trails and seafood that can’t get any fresher. Discover the 5 state parks, pristine bay, 2 lighthouses, diverse historic communities, sandy beaches, art communities, food, wildlife, deep sea, lake and river fishing, 2 golf courses, horseback riding, go cart track, arcade, shopping and festivals, that make the region, where the Columbia River meets the Pacific, famous. Let Us Treat Your Family to SW Washington’s Friendly Ocean Park Area Hospitality!!!! 2018 Local Events *PAA Annual Spring Art Show - Apr 6-8 *World’s Longest Garage Sale - May 25-28 *Annual NW Garlic Festival - June 16 & 17 *Old Fashioned 4th of July Parade - July 4 *Art in the Park - July 4 *Music in the Gardens - July 21 *Jazz & Oysters - August 18 *Labor Day Book Sale - Aug 31 - Sept 2 *Rod Run to the End of the World - Sept 8-9 *PAA Annual Fall Art Show - October 5-7 *Water Music Festival - October 12-14 *PAA Studio Art Tour - November 23 - 25 Jack’s Country Store 26006 Vernon Ave. Ocean Park (360) 665-4989

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1715 Bay Avenue P.O. Box 403 Ocean Park, WA 98640 Klipsan Surfside Nahcotta Oysterville

Forgotten Treasures Antiques & Collectibles 1904 & 1910 Bay Ave. Ocean Park (360) 244-3151 Oyster Beach RV Resort 25918 ‘R’ St. Ocean Park (360) 214-1755 Wiegardt Studio Gallery 2607 Bay Ave. Ocean Park (360) 665-5976

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Willapa River Trail

The Willapa River Trail stretches more than five miles along the Willapa River and Ellis Slough. The trail is part of a 57 mile long trail project titled the Willapa Hills State Trail, put together by the Washington State Parks Departments. The trail was built in two segments: the first was completed in 1996 and the second in the summer of 2001. The Willapa River Trail runs along the western part of Highway 6 in Raymond and on Highway 101 it follows the river from Raymond to South Bend. Photos and information courtesy of the Willapa Harbor Chamber of Commerce.


Lots to see and film along the Willapa River.

The Burlington Northern Railroad Company provided service between Chehalis and the Raymond/South Bend area for over 100 years. In June of 1993, the commercial rail operations ceased. The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission currently owns the rail corridor, and the proposed use is a non-motorized trail. The corridor is

approximately 57 miles long and averages approximately 100 feet in width. The corridor follows the Willapa River and SR 6 as it descends from Pluvius, in eastern Pacific County, and passes through the small rural communities of Frances, Lebam, Menlo, then the cities of Raymond and South Bend. Shoulder bike lanes are currently provided on only a few of the county arterial roads.

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Arts and Culture The communities of North Pacific County have many examples of beautiful public art, from murals and steel sculptures to exquisitely carved cedar memorials. The people who forged the area’s identity are honored in statues located throughout the area. The Pacific County Historical Society Museum and Visitor Center in South Bend and the Willapa Seaport Museum in Raymond relate the history of the region. Three regional theaters support thriving performing arts programs. Take the time to explore the art and culture scene in Pacific County! MURALS • Clam Cannery Minit Market in North Cove. A historic clam cannery mural, painted by Robin and Robert Barnes. A rendition of the old Warrenton clam cannery located in North Cove. This represents another very important county industry - fishing. • Early Logging Scene Dennis Company, Fifth and Blake Streets, Raymond. Painted by Robert and Douglas Dafford on the Dennis Company building, this painting depicts the early logging days in the bustling town of Raymond. • Early South Bend 1008 W. Robert Bush Drive, South Bend. Mural on the Pacific County Historical Society Museum and Visitor Center was painted by Robert McCausland in 1992 and depicts South Bend and the waterfront in 1911 right after construction of the Pacific County Courthouse. It is based on a photograph in the museum collection.

MUSEUMS • Furford Cranberry Museum 2395 State Highway 105, Grayland, 360-267-5403. Explore the history of the Cranberry Coast at the Furford Cranberry Museum. Introduced to settlers by local Native Americans, the tasty cranberry is grown and harvested in the colorful bogs of the southwest Washington coast. • Pacific County Historical Society Museum and Visitor Center, 1008 W. Robert Bush Drive (Highway 101), South Bend, 360-875-5224. Pacific County Historical Museum offers permanent and changing exhibits about local history. It maintains a large collection of photographs and publishes a magazine of Pacific County history. The bookstore features regional history books. • Willapa Seaport Museum 310 Alder St., Raymond, 360942-5666. Visitors will find an astonishing myriad of marine artifacts, information, insight, and humor. The Museum ties together displays of memorabilia from the logging industry to shipbuilding, from the life saving service to the Spruce Division (World War II), and from Native Americans to lightships and lighthouses. Several collections of thousands of valuable items tie the history of Willapa Bay and the Pacific Northwest to the sea. • The Northwest Carriage Museum, located at 314 Alder Street in Raymond, houses 50 magnificently restored luxury carriages, buggies, sleighs and other vehicles from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. This

uniques collection includes the Shelburne Landau used in the Hollywood classics, “Gone with the Wind” and “Jezebel”. There is always plenty to do and enjoy at the museum. The interactive displays make for a really great time for kids and adults as well! Stroll among the carriages, view the wonderfull collection of old photographs, clothing and artifacts and unique gift shop. Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for children ages 6-18, free for children ages 5 and under. Bring the whole family for just $20. Groups tours are available! Open daily 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. year round. Call (360) 9424150 for details. PUBLIC MARKETS • Public Market on the Willapa 310 Alder St., Raymond 360-942-4700. Locally produced products, hand-made items, fresh produce, quilts, herbs. STATUES Longshoreman statue, in the park at 404 Commercial Street in Raymond. • Robert E. Bush Monument, Robert Bush Memorial Park, South Bend. Beautiful tribute to Robert E. Bush, a local World War II hero and recipient of the Medal of Honor for his heroics in Okinawa. The red cedar statue was sculpted by Bay Center artist Bart Kenworthy and dedicated on Veterans’ Day, 1998. SCULPTURE CORRIDOR • Enchanting steel sculptures of wildlife and people enliven the Raymond scenery along Highway 101, State Route 6 and throughout downtown Raymond. Incorporated into the

Page 23 Raymond landscape in 1993, the sculptures were designed by local artists to reflect the heritage of the area. Loggers, Native Americans, elk and bear are some of the subjects portrayed in the steel sculptures that visitors discover. Visitors may purchase replicas of the steel statues through the Willapa Harbor Chamber of Commerce at 360-875-5231. THEATER • Grayland Players The Grayland Players perform twice a year with a spring musical and a comedy in the fall. Edie Boss has produced 36 productions drawing on local talent. The Grayland Players perform in the Grayland Community Hall, located at the intersection of Cranberry Road and Grange Road one block off State Route 105. A small homemade reader board on SR 105 serves as advertising and points direction to the Grayland Community Hall. Call 360-267-2341 for production schedule. • Hannan Playhouse A small, intimate theater located across the street from the park on Eighth Street in Raymond. It has a seating capacity of 74 with the capability of adding 10 “chair seats” for overflow seating. • Willapa Players The Willapa Players is a nonprofit community theater group organized in 1956. It is the oldest community theater group in southwest Washington. The group runs a season of three plays a year - a fall play in Nov., a winter show in March and a spring show in May. Occasionally, the season will be augmented with a special Christmas production or a summer show.

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Pe Ell 4th of July Parade and Celebration 2018

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parade coordinator and Chairperson Jennifer Thompson-Holland at 360-291-2707 or phone Pe Ell Town Hall at 360-291-3543.

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By Kristi Milanowski Longtime Pe Ell residents and PHS graduates, Bill and Kristi Milanowski, shared grand marshal honors during the 2017 Pe Ell 4th of July parade and celebration. The couple is shown tossing candy and Mardi Gras beads to the crowd while being chauffeured down Main Street Pe Ell in the back of a 1923 Model T Ford touring sedan named “Lottie Bell” by vehicle owners, Ed and Terry Peterson, during the 23rd annual parade. The parade begins at noon at the south end of town and is led by the Grand Marshals. Each year the popular patriotic event attracts several hundred spectators to the Town of Pe Ell and has become the perfect down-home opportunity to visit with family and friends, meet up with Pe Ell School classmates and enjoy a great variety of food, beverage, games, music and small town hospitality. A spectacular fireworks show funded by donations and fundraisers throughout the year, commences after dark on the Pe Ell School ball fields, and has thrilled onlookers for the past eleven years. For additional information, please contact

Country Market Pe Ell

The Pe Ell Farmers Market is located at the corner of SR-6 and 7th Avenue. It is open from 8:00 a.m. until noon each Saturday morning and runs mid-May through September. For more information, or, if you would like to be a vendor, contact site coordinator Rebecca Ambrose at 360-245-3339.

Annual Pe Ell River Run The annual Pe Ell River Run is held the second Saturday in April come rain, wind or snow. The Run is in its 40th year.

Seasonal Events at Kettle Creek Mark your calendars for the annual open house events at Kettle Creek. Proprietor Eddi Peterson Nelson hosts a spring, summer and fall open house in addition to Christmas at Kettle Creek. The popular coffee and gift store is open seven days a week and offers a wide variety of handmade specialty drinks, a daily special and free WiFi. Lunch is served during open house seasonal events. For more information contact

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Willapa River — a great water experience By Steve Rogers Some of the finest kayaking and canoeing spots in Washington are available on the Willapa River that flows through downtown South Bend. A new paddle dock has been attached to the South Bend city dock at Robert Bush Park in the middle of town and is used year round. There is no fee. Kayaks and canoes can launch there and paddle either up or down the river, depending on the tide. Many locals use the dock and plan their trips to paddle away from the dock with the tide and catch the tide change to paddle with the tide on the return trip. The Willapa is fairly benign and safe. With the right equipment, it’s possible to kayak year round, although spring, summer, and fall find the most paddlers on the water. An occasional oyster dredge is usually the only other watercraft around. Paddlers are urged to follow general safety guidelines by wearing a personal flotation device (PDF) at all times. Although the river is fairly narrow and it looks like one could swim to shore if necessary, the shoreline is very soft mud and extremely dangerous. Paddlers are by no means restricted to launching at the South Bend City Dock. There’s a city boat launch with dock about a quarter mile south of the downtown facility. There’s a $5 use fee for this facility with annual permits available at the South Bend City Hall. There are several other


The Willapa River in downtown South Bend is alive with kayaks and canoes. Rentals are available. North Pacific County launch spots including the city dock and Eighth Street Park dock in Raymond, the Washington Fish and Wildlife (permit required) boat launch in Old Willapa, east of Raymond, and the WF&W (permit required) launch at the mouth of Smith Creek on the north side of the bay on State Highway 105 11 miles out of Raymond. Following Highway 101 south paddlers can enjoy paddling Bone River, the Niawaikum River, or the Palix River. Bone River is about 10 miles south of South Bend and is a very primitive muddy launch. The Palix has a WF&W (permit required) boat launch and is about 13 miles from South Bend and the Niawaikum is reached by launching at the fishing village of Bay Center which is about 14 miles from South Bend. Paddling enthusiasts looking for more information on paddling the waters of North Pacific County can find maps

and directions at A call to 360-942-7990 will connect you to a local kayaking enthusiast who will be glad to provide more information. For the more experienced paddler, the boat launch (no permit required) at the Willapa Wildlife Refuge headquarters at the southern most bay side of the Long Beach Peninsula further down Highway 101 will give kayakers and canoeists alike some more challenging water. Weather and tide have a

serious effect on the paddling experience in these waters. It’s not a good place to be in bad weather and one runs the risk of getting stranded in mud on an outgoing tide even in a canoe or kayak. Caution is advised. It’s a very short trip to Long Island by water where exploration of the primitive forest provides the finest of outdoor experiences. With good equipment and attention to the elements, kayaking or canoeing the Willapa River and Bay area will provide a great water experience.

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Oysters from the river and on the river bank!


A loaded oyster barge going up the Willapa River.


Oyster shells being sorted and bagged for sale.

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Naselle Valley The Naselle River Valley area is located in southeast Pacific County and includes the South and Main Forks of the Naselle River, portions of Salmon Creek, and the unincorporated area of Naselle. The Naselle River Valley uses include forestlands, dairy farms, commercial, and residential. The forest areas are predominately located on the steeper slopes with farming and residential areas located along the river valley.


There are two port owned airports within Pacific County. These are the Port of Ilwaco Airport and the Port of Willapa Harbor Airport. Both facilities provide limited general aviation services and are capable of accommodating small aircraft only. No commercial air service exists to the county. The Astoria Regional Airport, owned by the Port of Astoria, Oregon is located approximately 20 miles southwest of Naselle. It provides general aviation services on its two paved, lighted runways with instrument navigation equipment. Commercial airlines currently provide intermittent passenger service between the Astoria Regional Airport and Portland International Airport.

Transportation Bus service in Pacific County was initiated in January 1980 and is provided by the Pacific Transit System. The system provides service fixed routes throughout

Photo of the Weyerhaeuser-Raymond Lumber Mill and the Willapa River. the county. Weekday service is also provided to Aberdeen in Grays Harbor County. Demand response service (Dial A Ride) is provided to disabled persons and to persons not having easy access to fixed route services.

Household size According to the 2010 U.S. Census, the average household size in Pacific County was 2.28 persons and there were 8,986 occupied households. The total number of households in the County was 15,756. This includes both occupied and vacant homes and reflects the large number of seasonal residences within the County. The total county population was 20,920.

Largest employers Pacific County 172 Ocean Beach Hospital 156

Weyerhaeuser Co. 140 Coast Seafoods Co. 140 Ocean Beach School 135 Willapa Harbor Hospital 112

Naselle Youth Camp 96 Jessie’s Ilwaco Fish 105 Raymond Sch. Dist. 95 Source: Pacific County EDC

Raymond Dairy Queen Highway 101 in Raymond


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Visit Logger Statue in the Fifth Street Park


While in Raymond be sure to stop by the Fifth Street Park and check out the Logger’s Statue.

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Beachcombing The beaches of North Cove and Tokeland are ideal for a stroll on the beach collecting treasures. Birdwatching Many different species of migratory birds feed in the Willapa estuary, while resident birds such as belted kingfisher and great blue heron live along the rivers. Good bird watching sites in Bay Center and Tokeland. Boating Canoeing and kayaking are popular on Willapa Bay, North River and the Palix River. Casino Located at the Shoalwater Reservation in Tokeland, Shoalwater Bay Casino offers video gaming, blackjack,

poker and other gaming. Ongoing special events planned each week. Clam digging The beaches of North Cove are known for some of the best clamming in Washington. Go online at: for more information. Fishing and Hunting Fishing is popular on Willapa Bay and the rivers that flow into it. Also elk and deer hunting. Biking/Walking Trail The scenic Willapa Hills Trail is a 3.5 mile paved trail along the Willapa River, between Raymond and South Bend. Trail heads are located along Highway 101.

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Grayland, North Cove and Tokeland area This area is located in the northwest corner of the county. It is bordered by Grays Harbor County to the north, the Pacific Ocean to the west, and Willapa Bay to the south. It includes the unincorporated areas of Tokeland, North Cove and a portion of Grayland. The coastal area contains ocean dunes and agricultural areas (cranberry farming), but inland areas are predominately forestlands.


The Grayland beach area saw its first homestead in 1880 with cranberry production introduced in the early 1900s. The Grayland area extends from the Pacific County border, south approximately eight miles, to the town of North Cove.

North Cove

North Cove is a resort community located south of Grayland, along SR 105. The original site of North Cove was a sandy peninsula known as Cape Shoalwater (established 1884). The peninsula was once the site of a town, lifesaving station and lighthouse. Severe beach erosion that occurred over the course of a century erased the original site in the 1960s. The name North Cove is now applied to the surrounding community of cranberry farms, resort businesses, and beach homes, which crowd the landscape from Grayland to Tokeland.

Tokeland Tokeland is a bay community on Toke Point peninsula.

Dungeness Crab, great for any size gathering! The town was named after an Indian chief who lived there when the first settlers entered the bay circa 1858. The community was a popular ocean resort from 1890 to 1940 and still has a resort atmosphere with its rustic hotel. Today the area functions primarily as the home to a small crabbing and fishing fleet, a cannery and port facility.


Land uses include forest and agricultural land, residential, commercial, and recreation. Timber grown in the area contributes to the northwest’s regional economy and provides employment opportunities. Although many residents are employed outside the immediate area, there are numerous timber-supported families in residence. Agricultural lands lying between the coastal sand dunes and the Willapa Hills are used for cranberry farming. This is the primary activity that led to development of the area, and

today, the farms are part of a nationwide cooperative that has brought stability and expanded markets for individual farmers. Residential land use in the area varies greatly. In the North Cove and Grayland areas, homes are predominantly located in dune areas on the west side of SR 105, while agricultural uses are located in bog areas east of SR 105. Residential densities vary from scattered single family residences with land areas greater than one acre in size, to the beach plats where densities range from one to six units per acre. Residential homes consist

of older, conventional type construction, and modular or mobile homes. In addition, the beach plat areas support a high proportion of seasonal residents occupying trailers. There is a small commercial area in North Cove, which provides a gas station, general store, laundromat and fire station. A second commercial area is located at the intersection of SR 105 and Tokeland Road. This commercial crossroads is adjacent to the Shoalwater Bay Indian Reservation, the Shoalwater Bay Casino and ancillary development. The area also provides a small motel and the gas station/convenience store. Recreation areas include the Grayland Beach State Park and several beach approach roads. Commercial activity in the area includes a nursery, gas station, RV park, gift shops, retail stores, restaurants, motor repair, electronic repair, and banking. Existing industrial activities are Nelson Crab Inc., Tokeland Oyster Company and the Tokeland Marina.

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Onshore Fishing, Crabbing and Clamming Boat Basin Salmon Fishing… Each spring baby Coho Salmon are raised and released by our local Kiwanis Club into the Westport Boat Basin. In the fall, returning Coho come back to the basin offering a unique fishing opportunity. Anglers line the docks casting for these feisty Coho. Often the fish can be seen swimming in schools throughout the marina. The Westport/Grayland Chamber of Commerce holds an annual “Boat Basin Fishing Derby” for the largest Coho caught in the boat basin. Even if you’re not a fisherman, you can get caught up in the excitement and cheers when someone hooks into a fish. Jetty Fishing… A wide variety of rockfish, including Sea Bass, Greenling, Cabezon, Perch and Ling Cod, can be found along the South Jetty as well as the rock revetments surrounding the marina. Light to medium tackle is used with good success. Local businesses can assist you with information about the

best times, tides, tackle and bait to use to make your outing a success. Surf Fishing… Sea Perch can be found in abundance in the beautiful waters of the South Beach (the Westport, Grayland area). Incoming tides often bring large schools of feeding fish and the action can become fast and furious. Check with local merchants for the best times to catch these fish. Fresh Water River Fishing… Within a few minutes drive, Grays Harbor County offers some of the finest freshwater fishing around. Be sure to check the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife website for specific seasons and limits. Crabbing For Rock & Dungeness Crab… Crabbing can be done off of the fishing piers and docks within the boat basin. This is truly a family sport providing fun for the littlest ones as well as mom, dad and the grandparents. Many of the dockside businesses rent gear, sell bait and can answer questions about

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licensing, limits, and availability. Razor Clamming… Spring and fall clam digs along our ocean beaches provide fun and excitement for the entire family. You can see hundreds of diggers lining the beaches and scooping up these succulent critters during the low tides. Check the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife website for seasons, limits, regulations and licensing information. Clamming Other Than Razor… Just south of the Westport area, along Highway 105, other types of clamming is available in the Willapa River tidal flats. Look on the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife website for current data on dates, limits and licenses. Fishing and clamming limits and seasons are set annually by the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife. Additional information can be obtained by looking on their website or by contacting them in Olympia at 1-360-902-2200.

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Preserving a rich natural heritage Elk herds can be seen in February and March in the fields along State Route 6, near Menlo, and Highway 101 just south of South Bend and throughout the surrounding hills. PACIFIC COUNTY PRESS PHOTO BY LARRY BALE

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