Introduction to Camas, Washington
Camas, Washington, in Clark county, is 6 miles N of Gresham, Oregon (center to center) and 14 miles E of Portland, Oregon. The people of the city are in the Portland - Vancouver metropolitan area. Camas has a population of 12,534.
Camas was named after the plant camas lily, which has an onion-like bulb and was revered by the Native Americans. Camas originated as a paper-mill town in the 1880s when LaCamas Colony Company selected this area for their new paper mill. The first post office and school were established in 1884. It was officially incorporated as a town in June 1906.
Camas and nearby Attractions
- Lacamas Lake
- Rocket City Neon Advertising Museum
- Heritage Park
- Camas-Washougal Community Recreation Center
- Lacamas Campground
Things To Do In Camas
Lacamas Park includes Round Lake, a playground, barbecue areas, and trails that go around the lake and the park. The trails lead to Camas Potholes and camas lily fields. Heritage Park provides facilities for boating at Lacamas Lake. It has many open spaces and a playground for kids. The city also has a skate park.
Flights can be availed from Portland International Airport.
Camas Higher Education
Portland Community College, Mt. Hood Community College, and Clark College provide facilities for higher education.