Frequently Asked Questions

© City of Castle Rock - downtown cafeWhat 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 (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 (360) 274-6604
Castle Rock United Methodist 241 First Avenue SW   (360) 274-4252
Community Church of the Nazarene 456 Pioneer Avenue NE (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:

American Legion
Glen Hoyer Post #175 C
P.O. Box 175
*125 First Ave. SW
Castle Rock, WA 98611
(360) 274-8008

Beta Sigma Phi Preceptor Gamma
370 PG Sweet Rd.
Kelso, WA 98626
For meeting information, contact
Kerry Hall at (360) 636-6148

Business Advisory Committee
C/O Wayne Lunday
P.O. Box 310
Castle Rock, WA 98611
For meeting information, contact Wayne Lunday, Quaife’s Insurance, at (360) 274-6691

CARE Coalition
P.O. Box 370
Castle Rock, WA 98611

Castle Rock Fraternal Order of Eagles and Ladies Auxiliary
P.O. Box 698
*224 Huntington Ave S
Castle Rock, WA 98611
(360) 274-9723

Castle Rock Library Board
P.O. Box 1350
*137 Cowlitz St. W
Castle Rock, WA 98611
(360) 274-6961

Castle Rock Lions Club
P.O. Box 776
Castle Rock, WA 98611
For meeting and food bank information, contact Frank Murias at (360) 749-1472

Castle Rock Masonic Lodge
& Order of the Eastern Star
P.O. Box 263
Rainbow Girls
P.O. Box 1663
*126 First Ave. SW
Castle Rock, WA 98611
(360) 274-6016

Castle Rock School District
Administration Building
*600 Huntington Ave. S
Castle Rock, WA 98611
(360) 501-2940

Castle Rock Women’s Club
P.O. Box 1471
*206 Cowlitz St. W
Castle Rock, WA 98611
Available to rent for events
For meeting or rental information, contact Dorothy Hallett at (360) 274-8149

Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 721
Castle Rock, WA 98611
(360) 274-6603

Community Action Plan Implementation Committee
P.O. Box 370
Castle Rock, WA 98611

Exhibit Hall
P.O. Box 721
*147 Front Ave. NW
Castle Rock, WA 98611
(360) 274-6603
Summer: 9-5 Daily
Winter: 10-2, Wed-Sat.

Mt. St. Helen’s Kiwanis Club
C/O The Valley Bugler
1407 Commerce Ave. Suite 113
Longview, WA 98632
For meeting information, contact Candy Richie at (360) 414‑1246

Park Board
C/O David Vorse
P.O. Box 370
Castle Rock, WA 98611
For meeting information, contact David Vorse at (360) 274‑7478 or
Download agendas and minutes

Planning Commission
C/O Karlene Akesson, Secretary
P.O. Box 370
Castle Rock, WA 98611
For meeting information, contact Karlene Akesson at (360) 274-8181 ext 301

Pythian Sisters
P.O. Box 321
Castle Rock, WA 98611
For meeting information, contact Lorraine Day at (360) 425‑4719

Senior Center
P.O. Box 652
*222 2nd Ave SW
Castle Rock, WA 98611
(360) 274-7502
Hours: M-F: 10-4; Sat. 11-3

Sunnyside Grange Hall #129
622 Ogden Rd.
*214 Cowlitz St. W
Castle Rock, WA 98611
For meeting information, contact Rex and Phyllis Ogden at (360) 274-6013

Toutle Lake School District
*5050 Spirit Lake Hwy
Toutle, WA 98649
(360) 274-6182

*Denotes physical location of building.