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.
The Castle Rock Municipal Code is now available online. Go to the link to www.codepublishing.com/wa/castlerock/
Adopted Zoning and Comprehensive Plan Maps
Notice of Hearing & SEPA DNS
The City of Castle Rock proposes to amend the Castle Rock Municipal Code by adding a new Chapter 17.57, RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA. The purpose of the new chapter is to establish where recreational marijuana producers, processors and retail outlets may locate in the city, and to describe the restrictions upon such uses. It also prohibits recreational marijuana uses in the Residential Zoned areas or in structures used residentially.
News Items & Links
Castle Rock Festival of Lights
December 14, 2013
Mail: P.O. Box 370
City Hall: 141 A Street SW
Phone: (360) 274-8181
Fax: (360) 274-4876