With sunshine most of the year and natural beauty for miles, the town of Klickitat, Washington, may be small, but it's a big draw for fishermen, hikers, rafters, paddlers, and all kinds of outdoor adventurers and nature enthusiasts. Staying in one of our Klickitat vacation rentals is a great way to experience the beautiful, glacier-fed Klickitat River, a nationally designated Wild and Scenic place, and the surrounding canyons and hill country. Vacation rentals are a particularly convenient option for fly fisherman and steelhead seekers looking for Klickitat lodging during the peak river seasons.
If steelheading, fly fishing or float fishing is your thing, Klickitat is the place for you. It's one of the top fishing destinations in the Columbia River Gorge. At the end of a fun day on the river, return to your Klickitat vacation rental and grill up your fresh trout, salmon, or steelhead for dinner.
The Klickitat River, which ends at the Columbia River Gorge at Lyle, just east of White Salmon, is a popular destination for rafting, kayaking, and canoeing. Hikers and mountain bikers love the Klickitat Trail, a 31-mile path that meanders along the Klickitat River, following an old railroad bed through wild, scenic territory dotted with wildflowers in season, and the nearby reaches of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, including the foothills of Mt. Adams, which looms regally over the Klickitat River Valley. Klickitat is also a popular destination for birding: an abandoned dry ice factory outside of town is an annual roosting place for hundreds of Vaux's swifts, which put on a stunning air show when they return to the chimney each night.
The tiny, scenic canyon town of Klickitat celebrates its heritage each June at the annual Klickitat Canyon Days festival, when the whole community comes out to toast its 100-plus years of history. Year-round, shops like the Canyon Market, and Klickitat Trader, serve as community gathering places... and a convenient place to pick up fishing supplies, sandwiches, groceries, passes and permits, or to leave your truck and trailer for the fishing shuttle service, which means you can fish your way down the river and have your vehicle waiting for you where you pull out! With so much natural beauty and all types of river adventures, Klickitat is a winning destination for Columbia Gorge vacation rentals!