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St. Helens is the largest city and county seat of Columbia County, Oregon and had a population of 14,000 in 2019. In October, the town embraces the Halloween spirit with a month-long celebration of spooky events and decorations geared toward entertaining crowds of families.


The town is named for its view of Mount St. Helens, roughly 39 miles (63 km) away in Washington state.

The city sits on the banks on Columbia River, about 30 miles north of Portland and 24 miles south of Longview, Washington.

Several films have been partially shot in St. Helens, notably Twilight and Halloweentown.

Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

St. Helens is easily accessible only by U.S. 30 which connects the city to Portland, Longview, and Astoria. The nearest Columbia River crossings are in Rainier and Portland, respectively.

By bus[edit]

The Columbia County Rider [dead link] provides regular weekday service from St. Helens to Portland, Hillsboro, and Longview An additional route provides service between St. Helens and nearby Scappoose.

Get around[edit]

The majority of attractions and businesses are concentrated in downtown and along Columbia Boulevard. St. Helens, therefore, is easily walked.






  • Dockside Steak & Pasta, 343 S. 1st Street, +1 503-366-0877. Su-Th 11AM-9PM, F Sa 11AM-10PM.
  • Roythai, 295 Strand, +1 503-410-5155.
  • SunShine Pizza, 2124 Columbia Blvd, +1 503-397-3211. M-W 7AM-9PM, Th-Sa 7AM-10PM, Su 7:30AM-9PM. Thin-crust pizza and a variety of pasta, bread, and salads in a family/large group friendly environment. Pizzas vary in price from approximately $10 for small to $25 family size. Other dishes generally $5-10..

Food carts[edit]

Fast food[edit]

  • Dari Delish, 1680 Columbia Blvd, +1 503-397-2129. A 1950s-themed fast food restaurant with a walk-up window and outside seating. Burgers, hot dogs, and, of course, ice cream treats are the specialty. Keeping with the retro style, credit and debit are not accepted.


  • Bertucci's, 2017 Columbia Blvd, +1 503-366-9602. 9AM-5PM. Specialty chocolates, sandwiches and coffee.



Bed & Breakfasts[edit]

  • [dead link] Seawright House, 134 N. 2nd St, +1 503-366-3035. Two suites are available in this restored 1910 home in the historic Riverfront District of St. Helens. The Luxury Suite occupies the first floor (minimum stay is 7 nights.) The Penthouse Suit occupies the upper floor (minimum stay is 3 nights.) $179.95/night.


Go next[edit]

Routes through St. Helens
AstoriaRainier  W  E  PortlandThe Dalles

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