Wahkiakum County, Washington

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Wahkiakum County (pronounced /wəˈkaɪ.əkʌm/) is a county located in the U.S. state of Washington. It is named after Chief Wahkiakum ("Tall Timber") of the Chinook. It is the smallest county (by total area) in the state, and has the third-smallest land area (behind San Juan County and Island County). As of 2000, the population was 3,824. The county seat is the town of Cathlamet, which is also the county's largest and only incorporated community. The County operates the Wahkiakum County Ferry, which connects Cathlamet to Westport, Oregon, across the Columbia River.

Wahkiakum County was formed out of Cowlitz County on April 25, 1854.[1]



According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 287 square miles (743 km²), of which 264 square miles (684 km²) is land and 22 square miles (58 km²) (7.83%) is water.

Geographic features

Notable residents

Krist Novoselic, former bass player of the Seattle grunge band Nirvana.

Adjacent counties

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