Castle Rock:
Where Past, Present and Future Come Together

Castle Rock is a wonderful place to live, work and play. It’s a community where the people are as resilient and vibrant as the natural features that surround their home; a place where life-long residents and visitors alike feel they are part of the same tight-knit family. Read more about our Vision for Castle Rock.

Castle Rock, the Gateway to Mount St. Helens, is situated between the Cowlitz River and Interstate 5, located 134 miles south of Seattle and 63 miles north of Portland, Oregon. (Link to map of Castle Rock.) It is the northern most city in Cowlitz County, with a population of 2,120. Spirit Lake Memorial Highway (State Route 504) connects the city to the Mount St. Helens National Monument and Spirit Lake recreation areas – two of the most outstanding tourist attractions in Washington State. The City of Castle Rock received the Association of Washington Cities 2004 Municipal Achievement Gold Medal Award in recognition of the Riverfront Trail Project. Link to our parks department for more information on community parks.

Castle Rock’s historic downtown features a wide variety of shops, antique stores, restaurants, and accommodations. Other activities include the Castle Rock Exhibit Hall/Visitor's Information Center – displaying carvings, photographs and exhibits relating to Mount St. Helens.

The town’s namesake, a 190-foot-high rock, was a landmark for Cowlitz Indians and Hudson’s Bay Company traders as early as 1832. Castle Rock prospered as a Cowlitz River steamboat port and trading center for valley farms. A local sawmill was the first to produce cedar shingles, using the Western red cedar, which grows in abundance in the region.

City Updates

Special Meeting

The Castle Rock City Council will hold a SPECIAL MEETING on Monday, April 21, 2014 at 6:15 p.m. in the Castle Rock Senior Center, 222 Second Avenue SW, Castle Rock, WA.

Public Hearing

The Castle Rock City Council will hold a public hearing on March 10, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers located in the Senior Center, 141 ‘A’ Street SW, Castle Rock, WA. Purpose: to take testimony on an amendment to the 6-year street plan for 2014-2019 and also to take testimony on the proposed Six-Year Transportation Plan for 2015 – 2020. Both issues relate to arterial streets within the city limits. More information >

Municipal Code

The Castle Rock Municipal Code is now available online. Go to the link to

Adopted Zoning and Comprehensive Plan Maps

News Items & Links

Community Clean-Up Event

Castle Rock's Annual Clean-Up Event will be held Saturday, May 3, 2014 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Projects will include landscaping, weeding, and litter pickup. Sign up and participate!

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Contact Us

Mail: P.O. Box 370
Castle Rock, WA  98611

City Hall: 141 A Street SW
Castle Rock, WA  98611

Phone: (360) 274-8181

Fax: (360) 274-4876

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