Rainier was founded in 1851 on the south bank of the Columbia River by Charles E. Fox and was originally named Eminence. The name Rainier was taken from Mount Rainier in Washington, which can be seen from the hills above the city. The City of Rainier was originally built on pilings. Houses built in the hills served as a backdrop to the Columbia River. If you like picturesque towns, you will love Rainier!
Things To Do
Reel in the Big One
Fishing is very popular on this stretch of the Columbia River. Bring your Sturgeon pole, or fish for Steelhead or Salmon. Launch your boat at the city's new ramp or fish right from the bank.
Play in a Park
Just north of downtown is the newly renovated Riverfront Park. This beautiful park offers a basketball court, tennis courts, a skateboard park and a wonderful year-round playground.
Just west of Rainier is Dibblee Point, a rustic 110-acre waterfront park offering hiking, walking, and horseback riding on sandy trails.
Get Behind the Wheel
The scenic drives in Rainier are as beautiful as they are interesting. The overlook on Highway 30 a few miles west of town provides unparalleled views of the Columbia River, Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Hood, Mt. Rainier and Mt. Adams.
Take Highway 30 from Portland north for 45 miles or just across the Longview, WA bridge.