Frequently Asked Questions
What is Castle Rock's history?
Castle Rock is centered primarily on the donation land claim of Eliza and William Huntington, who settled here in 1852. The city was platted December 12, 1888 and incorporated in 1890. Castle Rock was named after a large volcanic rock formation, which rises 190 feet high. The rock formation, resembling a castle, became a geographic landmark to early river travelers. The city has preserved this site and visitors can hike to the top of ‘The Rock’. The site is located at the intersection of Huntington Avenue South and Front Avenue. Historical markers are located at the base.
Castle Rock received recognition from the Lieutenant Governor’s office for being one of the oldest territories in the State of Washington. The city was platted December 1888 and incorporated in 1890. The award is on display at the Castle Rock Exhibit Hall/Visitor’s Information Center and commemorative signage is located near city entrances. For further information, see the Secretary of State website.
What is there to do in Castle Rock?
Many outdoor activities are available in the area such as: hiking, bicycling, fishing, boating, hunting, motorcycle racing and numerous sporting events (baseball, wrestling, soccer, running and football). In addition, the community hosts the annual Mountain Mania Festival and Castle Rock Fair, which are both held in July.
What utility services are provided by the city and how do I sign up for such services?
The city provides water, sewer and stormwater utility services for residents within the city limits. A few areas outside the city limits are also served by the city. Each new utility customer is required to pay an $80 deposit and sign a service agreement card prior to receiving service. Once this is done, a public works employee will go to the property and read the meter and turn on your service. You will be charged for services from this date forward.
I am new in town. What are the other utility service contact numbers not provided by the city?
|Garbage Pickup||Waste Control, Longview, Washington||(360) 425-4302|
|Electric Services||PUD of Cowlitz County Longview, Washington||(360) 423-2210|
|Television Cable||Adelphia Longview, Washington||(888) 683-1000|
|Natural Gas||Cascade Natural Gas Longview, Washington||(360) 423-7470|
When are utility payments due?
A bill is mailed on the last working day of each month. The due date is on the 20th of the following month. Payment can be made by cash, cashier’s check, personal check or money order. Checks should be addressed to the City of Castle Rock. The city does not accept credit or bank card payments. Payments can be made at the Finance Office located in City Hall, 141 A Street SW, or by mailing to P.O. Box 370 Castle Rock, WA 98611. A drop box is also provided for your convenience. It is located in the parking area on the east side of City Hall.
I am travelling to the Castle Rock area. What services are available in the city?
Key businesses include the U.S. Post Office, grocery stores, hardware, auto repair, a variety of restaurants (both fast food and sit down), pharmacy, bakery, florist and gift shops, antiques, medical offices, dental, chiropractic, real estate office, computer repair, child care facilities, lodging, gas stations, auto parts, UPS collection site, clothing, towing services, fish/game licensing, feed store, Fibre Federal Credit Union, Cowlitz Bank, insurance providers, women’s fitness, and beauty/barber shops. For further information, contact the Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce, at (360) 274-6603.
How far from Castle Rock are the Mt. St. Helens visitor centers on State Route 504?
Note: Mileage amounts are estimates, from Castle Rock, Interstate 5, Exit 49 area.
|Hoffstadt Bluff Visitor Center||27 miles||(360) 274-7750|
|Mt. St. Helens Visitor Center||5 miles||(360) 274-0962|
|Coldwater Ridge Visitor Center||43 miles||(360) 274-2114|
|Johnston Ridge Observatory||52 miles||(360) 274-2140|
|Mt. St. Helens Learning Center||33 miles||(360) 414-3439|
What church affiliations are in the city?
|St. Mary Catholic Church||635 Buland Drive||(360) 274-7404|
|Castle Rock Full Gospel||525 Third Avenue SW||(360) 274-6964|
|Castle Rock First Baptist||211 Front Avenue NW||(360) 274-4113|
|Cowlitz Valley Christian Center||1955 Huntington Ave S||(360) 274-7480|
|Castle Rock Christian Church||542 Huntington Ave S||www.cr-cc.org||(360) 274-6771|
|St. Matthew’s Episcopal||412 Pioneer Ave NE||(360) 274-9393|
|Jehovah’s Witness||115 Studebaker Rd||(360) 274-7289|
|Apostolic Lutheran Church||248 Cowlitz St. W.||(360) 274-7991|
|St. Paul Lutheran Church||312 First Avenue SW||www.stpaulcr.com||(360) 274-6604|
|Castle Rock United Methodist||241 First Avenue SW||(360) 274-4252|
|Community Church of the Nazarene||456 Pioneer Avenue NE||www.castlerocknaz.org||(360) 274-6546|
|St. Matthews Mission||412 Pioneer Ave NE||(360) 274-6526|
|Castle Rock Seventh Day Adventist||7531 Old Pacific Hwy N||(360) 274-6090|
Do you have a list of service organizations active in the city?
Community spirit and pride form the foundation of our community. Castle Rock is blessed with many individuals, church groups and community service groups. A listing of community service groups follows:
Beta Sigma Phi Preceptor Gamma
Business Advisory Committee
Castle Rock Fraternal
Order of Eagles and Ladies Auxiliary
Castle Rock Library Board
Castle Rock Lions Club
Castle Rock Masonic Lodge
Castle Rock School District
Castle Rock Women’s
Community Action Plan Implementation
Mt. St. Helen’s Kiwanis
Sunnyside Grange Hall #129
Toutle Lake School District
|*Denotes physical location of building.|