• Welcome to picturesque Rainier, Oregon!Welcome to Rainier

    Originally founded in 1851 by Charles E. Fox as Eminence; Rainier, Oregon provides a nice variety of scenic views, historical landmarks, local area entertainment, fishing, camping, and outdoor exploration; as well as easy access to City Life and Entertainment in Longview, WA and Portland, OR. River beach access within minutes and ocean beaches within 50 miles.

  • Rainier Marina

    Rainier Marina
  • "A" Street

    Rainier A Street
  • City Park

    Rainier City Park
  • Rainier Marina Rainier City Hall Rainier City Park

News and Announcements

Ralph Painter Memorial Run Saturday, July 27, 2019 8:30 a.m. Rainier High School

memorial run logo

Event Information:
Ralph Painter Memorial Run 2019
Event Registration

This is a 5k walk/run and 10k run to honor the memory of Chief Ralph Painter of the Rainier Police Department. All run proceeds benefit the Ralph Painter Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund which awards scholarships to deserving high school seniors in Columbia County, Oregon.

Ralph Painter, a long-time resident of Columbia County and most recently Chief of Police for the city of Rainier, Oregon, was an avid runner for many, many years. An alumnus of St. Helens High School, Ralph was a member of both the cross country and track & field teams from 1972-74, excelling in the half mile, mile and two mile events. He was always a top contender in any race he ran and earned honors as an All-League Athlete and was nominated to the Who's Who in Track & Field his senior year. From 1974-76, Ralph continued to run while pursuing a degree in criminal justice at Clackamas Community College. Even after joining the Rainier Police Department in 1988, Ralph continued his passion for running. In 1990, he ran in the Police & Firemen's' Olympics in Canada, finishing 2nd in both the mile and 1/2 mile events. Ralph also ran in the Hood to Coast Relay several times and had been in training for the Portland Marathon, as he had promised his daughter Jennifer he would run the race with her.

On January 5, 2011, Ralph Painter was tragically killed while in the performance of his duties. This 10k memorial run has been established in his honor and all proceeds from the race will go into a scholarship fund for deserving high school seniors in Columbia County.

Tributes to Chief Ralph Painter

Rainier Police Department presents National Night Out - August 6th

national night out

National Night Out is a community building campaign designed to promote police-community relationships and to make our city a safer place to live. Our goal is to make this a fun filled, family friendly event.

National Night Out Flyer (pdf)

Camping available in Rainier, close to the boat launch.

Call 503 556-7301 for reservations. 

 

 

About Rainier, Oregon

This area shares an amazing variety of history; including the 'Lewis & Clark Trail' and a view of our namesake Mount Rainier and the impressive view of the northwest volcano, Mt. St Helens.


Rainier, Oregon Main Street - 1911
Penny Postard Image
Courtesy of Lyn Topinka 

The Columbia County frontage of the Columbia River offers some of the best Sturgeon Fishing year around, and is also perfect for camping and water recreations.