City offices will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday on
Thursday, November 28 and Friday, November 29

  • 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.

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    Rainier A Street
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News and Announcements

Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Dec 8

Santa Visit

Holiday Home Decorating Contest

Holiday Home Deoration

Holiday Home Decorating Contest Entry Form (pdf)
(Entry Deadline Dec 12)

Rainier Police Department "Cops and Donuts" Charity Event Dec 14

cops and doughnuts

The Rainier Police Department will be holding our annual "Cops and Donuts" charity event in front of the Rainier Police Department December 14, 2019 beginning at 7:30 A.M.

This year we are planning to purchase another 150 dozen Krispy Kreme donuts to sell or trade for canned food items on December 14th. All of the cash and food are then donated to our local food bank, Help Our People Eat (H.O.P.E.).

In order to reach our goal of purchasing 150 dozen donuts this year, we will need to collect $825.00. Any donations exceeding the initial purchase, as well as all proceeds from the donut sales, will be given to H.O.P.E.

We look forward to seeing those from the community as we work together to provide this valuable service to those in need.

Thanks for your continued support,

Gregg Griffith
Chief of Police

Rainier Police Department Makes Disposal Of Prescriptions Easy

medicine recycle box
Safe Medication Disposal Box located in Rainier Police Department lobby

Bottles of pills, elixirs, and other medically prescribed drugs have a way of piling up around the house, becoming a hazard to kids, pets, and others. They qq are left over from when a condition was finally cured, have lingered passed an expiration date, or perhaps a visiting a patient has left them behind or when someone passes away.

Dumping them down the drain is not a recommended practice nor is tossing them in thetrash.

A safe and recognized way to dispose of these medications is to drop them as a safe box. Many pharmacies have one, but in Rainier, there is yet another alternative, a large mailbox type container in the lobby of the Rainier Police Department, 106 West B Street - at City Hall facing Hwy 30. It allows for the secure deposit and disposal of unneeded prescriptions, which are then safely disposed of by the police.

The box can also be used to dispose of over-the-counter medications.

The box is accessible to the public (one need not be a Rainier resident to make use of it), during standard business hours, Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm, excepting legal holidays or staffing issues.

Police Chief Greg Griffith asked that prescriptions be brought in for deposit in a secure container, so that the bottom of the deposit box is not filled with loose pills.

"It need not necessarily be the original container," said Griffith. "Also, it is acceptable to black out identifying information on a prescription bottle, though it is not required."

If you have questions, contact the Rainier Police Department at the non-emergency telephone number, (503) 556-3644 during business hours.


recycle bin

After a time away for cleaning and refurbishing, the public glass recycling bin has returned to Rainier, Oregon - albeit in a new location.

Formerly located near the city wastewater treatment facility, the shiny new bin is now located at:

Riverside Community Church
305 West 3rd St
at the edge of the parking lot
next to a drop-off bin for used clothing.

The unattended bin, supplied and maintained by Hudson Garbage Service, will accept bottles 24-hours a day.



The League of Oregon Cities and CityCounty Insurance Services recognized the City of Rainier at the 94th Annual League of Oregon Cities Conference in Bend the weekend of September 27-28, 2019 for having no lost time injuries among its 18 full-time employees in the course of the reporting year.

The city and Mayor Jerry Cole were presented with the Gold Safety Award certificate at the annual meeting of municipal leaders.

"This award speaks highly of our employees and their attention to safety as they serve the city," said Mayor Jerry Cole. "Our staff is small and safe performance protects our workers, serves the public with consistent staffing levels, and keeps insurance costs low, all benefits to our community at large."

"The people of Rainier can be proud of the men and women who are dedicated to maintaining the quality of life in Rainier." - Mayor Jerry Cole

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.