Welcome to Kalama! The small town with big horizons, where highway, rail and water meet.

Kalama Washington

As a small town nestled right along I-5 we offer a great stopping point between the big cities of Portland, OR and Seattle, WA. While here you can have a great lunch, search for something unique at one of the many antique stores, take a walk along the Columbia, or even throw a line in the water to make that big catch.

Kalama is a small City rich in history and long on community spirit. Incorporated in 1890, the City has been the County seat, was the western terminus of the Northern Pacific Railroad, and has survived fires and floods. It’s easy to spend a day strolling the six blocks of the downtown core, exploring the many antique shops and grabbing a bite at one of the many great restaurants. You can get information or check email at the Kalama Public Library. One can also take advantage of the walking path along the river, see the totem poles, take a break in the park, or throw a line in the water and see what bites.

For those vampire movie fans, Kalama High School was the featured location for filming many scenes of the first “Twilight” movie. Come in August and enjoy the annual Untouchables Car Show where 300 plus classic cars are in attendance. Also in August join us on the river front for the Kalama Blues Festival for music and fun. The City operates a Community Building that can host weddings, parties, seminars, and other events.

With Kalama’s location at one of the deepest points of the Columbia River and the prime location of the railroad and Interstate 5, it is known as “where highway, rail and water meet.” The river provides opportunities for industries and recreation. Convenient access to the freeway makes getting to the big cities north and south convenient; as well as easy. Access to the Pacific coast and the mountains, all within a day’s drive. The people of Kalama are what truly make the City a community, supporting school sports, community activities and each other. Many are life-long residents with generations having lived in Kalama, while others have come here to raise their families or to retire. While Kalama has grown in the last ten years through both development and annexation, it has retained the small town values and community spirit that makes Kalama a great place to live, work or visit.

Mountain Timber Market located at the Port of Kalama

Upcoming Events in Kalama WA

Big Smoke Little Kalama 2024

(360) 577-3137

Cowlitz County Tourism
1900 7th Ave Lonview, WA 98632