County Seat: Courthouse, 230 Strand St., Saint Helens 97051
Phone: 503-397-3796 (General); 503-397-7210 (Court Administrator)
Population (2020): 53,280
Established: Jan. 16, 1854
Elev. at Saint Helens: 42'
Area: 687 sq. mi.
Average Temp.: January 39.0° July 68.4°
Assessed Value: $5,801,856,701
Real Market Value: $9,861,813,787
(includes the value of non-taxed properties)
Annual Precipitation: 44.60"
Economy: Agriculture, forest products, manufacturing, surface mining and tourism
Points of Interest
Lewis and Clark Heritage Canoe Trail, Vernonia–Banks State Trail, Jewell Elk Refuge, Sauvie Island Wildlife Area, Sand Island Park, Jones Beach near Clatskanie, Prescott Beach Park, Dibblee Beach, Camp Wilkerson, CZ Trail, Big Eddy Park, Vernonia Golf Course, Lewis and Clark Bridge at Rainier, Columbia County Fairgrounds
History and General Information
Chinook and Clatskanie Tribes inhabited this bountiful region centuries before Captain Robert Gray, commanding the Columbia Rediviva, landed on Columbia County’s timbered shoreline in 1792. The Corps of Discovery expedition, led by Lewis and Clark, traveled and camped along the Columbia River shore in the area later known as Columbia County in late 1805 and early 1806.
The county has 62 miles of Columbia riverfront with deep water ports and premium industrial property. The Columbia River is a major route for ocean-going vessels and is a popular playground for fishing, boating, camping and windsurfing. The county has two marine parks, Sand Island and J. J. Collins Memorial Marine Park. Columbia County’s strong economic and cultural heritage is centered on industries such as forest products, shipbuilding, mining and agriculture. Residents enjoy the rural lifestyle and scenic beauty of Columbia County, coupled with its proximity to Portland.
Commissioners—Henry Heimuller 2023, Margaret Magruder 2025, Casey Garrett 2025; Dist. Atty. Jeffrey D. Auxier 2023; Assess. Sue Martin 2023; Clerk Debbie Klug 2022; Justice of the Peace Diana M. Shera Taylor 2025; Sheriff Brian Pixley 2023; Surv. Nathan Woodward; Treas. Mary Ann Guess 2025