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About Scappoose

Located in the northwest corner of the State of Oregon is the beautiful city of Scappoose. Found directly on US Highway 30, and within 19 miles from the heart of Portland, Scappoose is considered the Gateway to beautiful Columbia County.

Scappoose is a warm and charming country town nestled at the bottom of forested foothills and on a plain overlooking the Columbia River. It is filled with kind hearted people and families. Conveniently located just outside of Portland, Scappoose is an inviting destination for all.

Its outstanding school system, proactive community calendar, recreational amenities, and affordable cost of living make Scappoose a praised city in which to work and to live. Scappoose is quickly delighting those discerning individuals who are seeking the calm of the country life, yet the convenience and dynamics of the city.

Today, Scappoose has a population of just about 6,000. Scappoose with its present success lies in its high quality of life, while its future points to fast-paced business growth and development. Scappoose's honored past combines with its flourishing present to provide the momentum for a prosperous future for both the city and its residents.

Scappoose offers gentle foothills and country-style homesteads with unparalleled views of the Cascade Mountain range. Relaxation is a key-attraction, while at the same time offering an easily accessible commute to the metropolitan areas. I-84 East and I-5 North can be reached in 20 minutes and 30 minutes to I-5 in Longview, Washington. The closest commercial airport Portland International Airport (PDX) is only 40 minutes from Scappoose Oregon.

Columbia County, in which the city of Scappoose resides (676 square miles - population 38,800) has the longest area bordering the Columbia River. It is bordered east of Clatsop County and by Washington and Multnomah counties to the south. Columbia County has a wide range in elevation, from the Columbia River at 20 feet above sea level to the western part including the coast range at 2500 feet.

Over 88% of the total land area in Columbia County is forest land. Nearly 50% of the residents in Scappoose claim professional or administrative occupations while the remaining account for having b skills in production, industry and agriculture.

Both sport and commercial fishermen are attracted to Scappoose and Columbia County and can often be seen in the rivers and streams from the highways. The most popular types of fish are salmon, crappe, steelhead, blue gill, trout and sturgeon. Deer and elk abound and are hunted in the forested areas. Duck, geese and pheasants are also abundant on the regulated hunting area of Sauvie Island.


Scappoose was named "gravelly plains" by the Chinook Indians and served as prime Indian hunting grounds. Chief Casino of the Kiersinno Tribe held stewardship over his people and their lands. The plains of wild grass fed herds of elk and deer, the rivers supplied spawning beds for salmon and ancient forests covered the hills.

Scappoose was a meeting place. The Chinook tribes held annual Pow¬Wows complete with feast, trading, gaming and horse races. Descendants of the non¬native settlers from Maine, Kansas, Nebraska, Czechoslovakia and Switzerland continue the Indians' legacy through festivals and celebrations today.

According to "The History of Scappoose" by James Loring Watts, a descendant of the early settlers, the bounty of wildlife astounded Lewis and Clark during their 1804 - 1806 travels, and later captured the attention of migratory fur traders.

Rich in natural resources, Scappoose offered occupations for loggers, brick makers, blacksmiths, shingle millers and dairy farmers in the early years, to gravel mining operators and pickle/sauerkraut makers today. Scappoose residents enjoy their quiet life a short drive away from bustling metropolitan areas.

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St. Helens Golf Course in Warren, Oregon features 2,977 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 36. Designed by Clarence Johnson/Gordon Johnson, the St. Helens golf course opened in 1957.


Scappoose School District

Scappoose Peterson Elementary | Scappoose Middle School | Scappoose High | Scappoose Grant Watts | Sauvie Island | South Columbia Family School | Warren School


City of Scappoose

Fire District

Police Department

Chamber of Commerce

Scappoose School District

Saint Helens Information and more links

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