Goldendale is near the geographic center of Klickitat County and has the Little Klickitat River running through it. The city obtained its start as a watering stop on the Yakima – Okanogan wagon trail. The first plat was recorded in 1872 and the city was incorporated in 1879. Goldendale is now the largest city in Klickitat County as well as the county seat. It serves as the regional service center.
Goldendale, Washington is located on a fertile plateau some 100 east of Portland, Oregon, 70 miles south of Yakima, Washington, and 100 miles west of the Tri-Cities. The majestic Columbia River is only 13 miles south of the city. The terrain is generally rolling with an elevation of 1620’ at the airport. The Simcoe mountains, visible from the City, rise in the north to an elevation of 5500’. Four mountain tops, Mt. Hood, Mt. Adams, Mt. Rainier and Mt. St. Helens are visible from certain places in the city.
02-07-18 - State of the City Report 2017
The State of the City Report is an annual year in review of activities (drawn from Department annual reports) carried out by the Goldendale City Council and City Staff, and recommendations of the four City Council Standing Committees during 2017. Some projections for 2018 are also included. Its aim is to inform residents of Goldendale of city government decisions and actions that impact their community. This report includes information on Council directed activities (i.e., public safety, economic development, tourism, code enforcement, etc.) and specific activities carried out by City Departments. This report is an effort to provide greater transparency, promote active discussion and interaction between the citizens of Goldendale and their local government. Read more...
01-20-17 Mayor Mike\'s Update
04-16-14 - Updated Zoning Map for the City of Goldendale
Click here to view the updated zoning map (PDF).