World-class fishing and a vibrant art community make Ilwaco a great mixture of restaurants, shops, galleries, and exciting adventures. From the scenic overlooks of Cape Disappointment State Park to a serene lavender farm tucked into the hills, you may be surprised what this small fishing village has to offer. 

It’s difficult to separate Ilwaco from fishing, as evidenced by commercial fishing vessels, recreational boats, seafood processing plants and seafood markets. Stroll along the Port of Ilwaco where you can watch the hustle and bustle of the Pacific Northwest fishing industry. Book a fishing charter or stop by one of the seafood markets or waterfront restaurants to taste for yourself! 

One of the biggest marinas on the Washington Coast, the port of Ilwaco is the ideal place for boating and fishing. This 800 slip marina has plenty of parking for vehicles and trailers as well as amenities. There is guest moorage available year round as well as back in launch, two small boat hoists, live bait pens and fuel docks. Self/full service work yard and dry boat storage is also available. After your big catch, head on over to the Sportsman Cannery, the one stop shop for fish processing (salmon, tuna, bottom fish, halibut) and clam cleaning. With all these services available to you, Ilwaco is the perfect place to BYOB (Bring your own boat)! 

Art enthusiasts need look no further than Ilwaco’s wide variety of shops and galleries. Walk along the waterfront and explore the art galleries of Don Nesbit and Marie Powell and jeweler Luisa Mack. If you’re looking for some more zen in your life, check out the River Zen Yoga Studio for online and in person classes.

The port of Ilwaco is home to many family-friendly events such as the Saturday Market, Art Walk, Seafood Sunday’s as well as the starting point and home of the PNW Offshore Race. Downtown Ilwaco includes the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum. Watch the fishing boats coming and going in Baker Bay, or explore the Discovery Trail, an 8.5 miles walking and biking trail following in the footsteps of Lewis and Clark’s Westward journey. 

After a bike ride on the Discovery Trail, the perfect place to have a drink or fish taco is one of the Port of Ilwaco restaurants. Enjoy harbor views at the outdoor dining area aka the Fish Bowl at the Salt Hotel & Pub and dine on fresh seafood at the Waterline Pub

A fishing village with a thriving art community, the Port of Ilwaco is a unique place full of waterfront shops, culture, history, and delicious seafood. The businesses are run by locals, and the community is close-knit. If you take the time to explore and meet people, you’re likely to uncover even more!

For more information on Ilwaco, check out our places to stay and restaurant pages and if you need some local insights, check out our blog on 34 Fun Things to do in Ilwaco.


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