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Kalama is a small city located in Cowlitz County in southwest Washington. As of the 2000 census, the population was 1,783 residents. Kalama was incorporated on November 29, 1871 and named after the nearby Kalama River. The town of Kalama was the northern terminus of a railroad ferry operated by the Northern Pacific Railway from Goble, Oregon. This was a critical link in the rail system between 1883 when the service began until 1909 when the major rail bridges in Portland were completed. Today, Kalama has a thriving downtown that consists of many original and renovated buildings containing antique shops, gift boutiques, a grocery store, and other businesses. Attractions in town include the "world's tallest totem pole" located at the Port of Kalama Marine Park. There are always exciting activities going on in town, from spring Chinook fishing to swimming, sailing, wind surfing, rafting and canoeing. Kalama is also home to an annual Blues Festival and a festive Christmas celebration. The town was recently made famous with the release of the "Twilight" movies. Kalama's high school parking lot and other areas were used in the filming of the movie. Interstate 5 runs directly through the town, making it very convenient for visitors.

Surrounding areas: Vancouver, Washington (27.0 mi), Cathlamet, Washington (28.9 mi), Mount Saint Helens, Washington (34.0 mi), Skamokawa, Washington (34.5 mi), Washougal, Washington (37.8 mi), Mossyrock, Washington (39.9 mi)

Kalama Vacation Rentals

Kalama Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Woodlander Inn1500 Atlantic AveWoodland, WA8.2 mi.(360) 225-6548
Best Western Inn & Suites Woodland1380 Atlantic AveWoodland, WA8.3 mi.(360) 225-1000
Lewis River Inn1100 Lewis Riv RdWoodland, WA8.7 mi.(360) 225-6257
Quality Inn & Suites723 7th AveLongview, WA9.1 mi.(360) 414-1000
Comfort Inn440 Three Rivers DrKelso, WA9.3 mi.(360) 425-4600
Guesthouse Inn & Suites501 Three Rivers DrKelso, WA9.5 mi.(360) 414-5953
Lewis And Clark Motor Inn838 15TH AveLongview, WA9.6 mi.(360) 423-6460
Super 8 Motel250 Kelso DrKelso, WA9.7 mi.(360) 423-8880
Red Lion Hotel Kelso / Longview510 Kelso DrKelso, WA9.8 mi.(360) 636-4400
Budget Inn Of Longview1808 Hemlock StLongview, WA10.0 mi.(360) 423-6980
Motel 6106 Minor RdKelso, WA10.3 mi.(360) 425-3229
Best Western Oak Meadows Inn585 S Columbia River HwySt Helens, OR10.8 mi.(503) 397-3000
Timberland Inn & Suites1271 MT Saint Helens WayCastle Rock, WA18.7 mi.(360) 274-6002
Vernonia Inn900 Madison AveVernonia, OR19.8 mi.(503) 429-4006
Best Western Battleground Inn & Suites1419 W Main StBattle Ground, WA21.1 mi.(360) 687-8881
Red Lion Inn At Salmon Creek1500 Ne 134TH StVancouver, WA22.0 mi.(360) 566-1100
Comfort Inn13207 Ne 20TH AveVancouver, WA22.2 mi.(360) 574-6000
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites13101 NE 27th AveVancouver, WA22.2 mi.(360) 576-1040
Hazel Dell Shilo Inn13206 Hwy 99Vancouver, WA27.0 mi.(503) 641-6565
Heathman Lodge7801 Ne Greenwood DrVancouver, WA27.0 mi.(888) 475-3100
Homewood Suites Hotel701 Se Columbia SHRS BlvdVancouver, WA27.0 mi.(360) 750-1100
Quality Inn & Suites7001 NE Hwy 99Vancouver, WA27.0 mi.(360) 696-0516
Residence Inn By Marriott - Portland North8005 Ne Pkwy DrVancouver, WA27.0 mi.(360) 253-4800
Staybridge Suites-vancouver7301 Ne 41STVancouver, WA27.3 mi.(360) 891-8282
Ramada Inn9107 NE Vancouver Mall DrVancouver, WA27.4 mi.(360) 253-5000
Rodeway Inn & Suites9201 NE Vancouver Mall DrVancouver, WA27.4 mi.(360) 254-0900
Vancouver Shilo Inn401 E 13TH StVancouver, WA27.4 mi.(503) 641-6565
Comfort Suites4714 NE 94TH AveVancouver, WA27.5 mi.(360) 253-3100
Hilton Vancouver Washington301 W 6th StVancouver, WA27.7 mi.(360) 993-4500
Red Lion Hotel At The Quay100 Columbia StVancouver, WA28.0 mi.(360) 694-8341
Doubletree Hotel Columbia River1401 N Hayden Island DrPortland, OR28.4 mi.(503) 283-2111
Doubletree Hotel Jantzen Beach909 N Hayden Island DrPortland, OR28.5 mi.(503) 283-4466
Oxford Suites Hotel12226 N Jantzen AvePortland, OR28.6 mi.(800) 548-7848
Courtyard By Marriot N Harbor1231 N Anchor WayPortland, OR29.1 mi.(503) 735-1818
Portlander Inn10350 N Vancouver WayPortland, OR29.6 mi.(503) 345-0300
Western Inn At The Meadows1215 N Hayden Meadows DrPortland, OR29.7 mi.(503) 286-9600
Gee Gee's Inc Truck Stop123 Foster Cir RdToledo, WA29.8 mi.(360) 864-4300
Bed & Breakfast
Vintage Inn B&B310 W 11th StVancouver, WA27.4 mi.(360) 693-6635
The Country Keeper Bed & Breakfast Inn61 Main StCathlamet, WA29.2 mi.(360) 795-3030

Kalama Weather & Climate

Southwest Washington is classified as having a dry-summer subtropical climate, with certain key exceptions. High pressures east of the Cascade Range create something of a venturi effect, leading to cold east winds down the Columbia River Gorge. Unsheltered by the Willamette Valley, this region has seen colder temperatures, including "silver thaw" storms where freezing rain cakes limbs and power lines. Rainfall occurs frequently throughout the fall, winter, and spring, but ceases around the middle of June, with dry and warm weather lasting through September. Heavy snowfalls are infrequent and snow often falls and doesn't stick, with major snowstorms only occurring every 2-4 years. Periodic floods are possible.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January - - 9.12 in. -
February - - 8.00 in. -
March - - 7.46 in. -
April - - 5.63 in. -
May - - 3.95 in. -
June - - 2.67 in. -
July - - 1.15 in. -
August - - 1.52 in. -
September - - 2.97 in. -
October - - 5.31 in. -
November - - 10.32 in. -
December - - 10.38 in. -

Kalama Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Scappoose Industrial Airpark airport (SPB) located about 16 miles south of Kalama in Scappoose, Oregon, the Portland International airport (PDX) located approximately 31 miles south of Kalama in Portland, Oregon, the Portland Hillsboro airport (HIO) located roughly 32 miles south of Kalama in Hillsboro ( Portland ), Oregon, the Portland Troutdale airport (TTD) located around 38 miles southeast of Kalama in Portland, Oregon, the Chehalis Centralia airport (CLS) located about 46 miles north of Kalama in Chehalis, Washington, the Astoria Regional airport (AST) located approximately 50 miles west of Kalama in Astoria, Oregon, the Aurora State airport (UAO) located roughly 52 miles south of Kalama in Aurora, Oregon, the Mc Minnville Municipal airport (MMV) located around 58 miles south of Kalama in Mcminnville, Oregon, and finally the Olympia airport (OLM) located about 66 miles north of Kalama in Olympia, Washington.

Kalama Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Oaks Amusement ParkPortlandOR34.5 mi.
Enchanted ForestTurnerOR80.7 mi.
Puyallup FairPuyallupWA85.4 mi.
Water Parks
Wild Waves Water ParkFederal WayWA94.2 mi.
Golf Courses
Lewis River Golf CourseWoodlandWA9.0 mi.
Three Rivers Golf CourseKelsoWA9.5 mi.
St Helens Golf CourseWarrenOR13.7 mi.
TriMountain Golf CourseRidgefieldWA14.6 mi.
Vernonia Golf ClubVernoniaOR19.9 mi.
Wildwood Golf CoursePortlandOR22.8 mi.
Cedars Golf ClubBrush PrairieWA24.2 mi.
Hartwood Golf CourseBrush PrairieWA24.2 mi.
St John Golf & Country ClubSaint JohnWA24.7 mi.
Bowyers Par 3 Golf CourseVancouverWA27.6 mi.
Fairway Village Golf CourseVancouverWA27.6 mi.
Lakeview Par 3 Golf ChallengeVancouverWA27.6 mi.
Pine Crest Golf CourseVancouverWA27.6 mi.
Skyline Golf CourseCathlametWA28.9 mi.
Ghost Creek at Pumpkin Ridge Golf ClubNorth PlainsOR29.8 mi.
Ski Areas
Cooper SpurPortlandOR34.5 mi.
Mount Hood MeadowsPortlandOR34.5 mi.
Mount Hood SkibowlGovernment CampOR71.7 mi.
State Parks
Paradise Point State ParkWA12.4 mi. 
Seaquest State ParkWA19.5 mi. 
Battle Ground State ParkWA22.3 mi. 
Barnes State ParkWA24.6 mi. 
Wormald State ParkWA29.5 mi. 
Bradley State ParkOR30.3 mi. 
Willamette Stone State ParkOR34.1 mi. 
Government Island State ParkOR34.5 mi. 
Rocky Butte State ParkOR35.1 mi. 
Lewis and Clark State ParkWA35.4 mi. 
Jackson Court House State ParkWA36.7 mi. 
Matilda Jackson State ParkWA36.7 mi. 
Sunset Highway State ParkOR38.4 mi. 
Lewis and Clark State ParkOR39.6 mi. 
Oregon Historical SocietyPortlandOR34.5 mi.(History)
Oregon Museum of Science and IndustryPortlandOR34.5 mi.(Science)
Bathtub Art MuseumPortlandOR34.5 mi.(Art)
Portland Art MuseumPortlandOR34.5 mi.(Art)
End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive CenterOregon CityOR46.4 mi.(History)
Columbia River Maritime MuseumAstoriaOR48.9 mi.(History)
Zoos and Aquariums
Oregon ZooPortlandOR34.5 mi.
Northwest Trek Wildlife ParkEatonvilleWA65.4 mi.
Point Defiance Zoo and AquariumTacomaWA88.1 mi.
The Seattle AquariumSeattleWA113.0 mi.
Woodland Park Zoological GardensSeattleWA113.0 mi.

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