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 whimsical lavender farm tucked into the hills, you may be surprised what this small fishing village has to offer.
Things to Do in Ilwaco
Hike and Bike along the 8.5-mile long Discovery Trail named after the Corps of Discovery.
Explore Cape Disappointment State Park for lighthouses, gorgeous beaches, and a rich history. (You’ll need a Discover Pass)
Follow the trail spur to Beard’s Hollow or the North Head Lighthouse.
Take your fishing rod to Black Lake for trout and bass fishing. Hike the trails around the lake or bring along a mountain bike.
Visit the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum and learn more about the history of Chinook Nation and Clamshell Railroad.
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Arts & Wellness in Ilwaco
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.
Restaurants in Ilwaco
Dine on amazing cuisine like fresh fish and crab with a gorgeous view of the port at the Salt Pub or Waterline Pub. Or enjoy quick grab and go options at Olde Town Trading Post or Roots. If you have a craving for neapolitan style pizza check out Serious Pizza.
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Port of Ilwaco
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 and clam cleaning.
Hotels in Ilwaco
Away from bustling downtown, Ilwaco provides many unique lodging options. Stay at quaint cottages, yurts, hotels overlooking the port, or even historic lighthouse quarters!
Checkout our places to stay or vacation rental pages to find your ideal lodging. We suggest you make your reservations early during the peak season (roughly Spring Break through mid-October), particularly over festival and holiday celebrations.
Camping in Ilwaco
Camp close to the beach or at the port. Discover all camping and RV Parks in Ilwaco. Make your reservations as far in advance as possible as spaces fill up quickly during the peak season, which runs from Spring Break through October. Do not camp on the beach or at beach approaches.
Events in Ilwaco
The port of Ilwaco is home to many family-friendly events such as the Saturday Market in the summer, Art Walk, Crab Pot Christmas as well as the starting point and home of the PNW Offshore Race.