On behalf of the Board of Directors for the West Columbia Gorge Chamber of Commerce, welcome! We are so excited for what the next few years will bring to you and our chamber as we set our sights higher and wider than ever before. Our dedicated Board of Directors, staff and all of our members are dedicated to making this Chamber and this area a preferred place to be.
Our goal over the next few years is to fine-tune our focus as we look to the future of tourism and expanding the business community in our area—a future of promise, filled with more opportunities to touch more people for commerce and community.
The West Columbia Gorge Chamber of Commerce, representing the communities of Fairview, Wood Village, Troutdale, Springdale, Corbett and Cascade Locks, is proud to present our Membership Directory. We know that our visitors, businesses and residents will all find it a valuable resource guide and, again, don’t forget to visit our website: westcolumbiagorgechamber.com.
So enjoy the sounds and sights of the west end of the gorge. Play hard, work wisely, patronize our businesses, stay in one of our outstanding hotels or bed & breakfasts and Experience the Seven Wonders.
Welcome to the West Columbia Gorge!
Past President of the Board of Directors
The West Columbia River Gorge spans a 30-mile stretch that starts just 15 minutes east of major cosmopolitan center Portland. While the proximity to the big city provides countless amenities to these communities, the cities within the West Columbia Gorge offer their own culture, history and local color. An unparalleled quality of life, rife with idyllic scenery and rugged mountain terrain, along with easy access to recreation, healthcare, education and more, bring 1.4+ million visitors to this area annually. In 2009, National Geographic’s Traveler magazine deemed the West Columbia Gorge as the second most beautiful destination in North America and sixth in the world!
The West Columbia River Gorge is home to five distinct communities in east Multnomah County and west Hood River County—Cascade Locks, unincorporated Corbett, Fairview, Troutdale and Wood Village—all served by the West Columbia Gorge Chamber of Commerce.
CITY OF CASCADE LOCKS
Located 40 miles east of Portland, the City of Cascade Locks sparkles in the heart of the Columbia River Gorge, the only designated National Scenic Area in the U.S. The city projects some of the most spectacular views in the Pacific Northwest. With a population just over 1,100, the city is very modestly sized, but don't let its size fool you—Cascade Locks has much to offer in the way of culture and heritage.
With a larger population of nearly 4,000, the rural community of Corbett spreads through the foothills and mountains between the Sandy River and Crown Point, a promontory renowned for its vistas. Corbett rests just 20 miles east of Portland overlooking the mouth of the Columbia River Gorge. The area's superb recreation and fishing opportunities keep residents and visitors busy all year long. The community enjoys a median household income almost $30,000 higher than the state average and an ideal location between the great outdoors and the great City of Portland.
CITY OF FAIRVIEW
City leadership and the 9,900 residents of Fairview have set their sights on preserving and creating livability. By setting aside more acreage for wetlands, open spaces, trails and parks than any other city in the Portland metropolitan area, the city has groomed a landscape that appeals to long-time residents and newcomers alike. Fairview promotes start-ups and existing business with an impressive menu of marketable commercial and industrial land backed by city services.
CITY OF TROUTDALE
Troutdale, the Gateway to the Gorge, is the largest and oldest city in the West Columbia Gorge, with a population that has ballooned to over 15,650, up 13.6 percent since 2000. Such growth has not been an accident. The city supports a thriving downtown of one-of-a-kind stores and restaurants at the gateway to scenery, nature, culture and outdoor recreation. Troutdale is also home to major industrial development in the Troutdale Reynolds Industrial Park and offers a variety of over-night accommodations and dining experiences.
CITY OF WOOD VILLAGE
Nestled in between Fairview and Troutdale, Wood Village was born in World War II to accommodate workers at the nearby Reynolds Metals Aluminum plant. Though its population today is a modest 3,200, the city's rich history has spurred growth and diversity through the years—the city has even seen a 12.2 percent population increase since 2000. With an entrepreneurial spirit and a climate accommodating of new business ventures, the small city largely appeals to businesspeople who don't like to get lost in the crowd of densely urban areas, yet all the amenities, resources and services of a major metropolitan area are close at hand.