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About Our Town

Gateway to the Waterville Plateau, and home of the famous Big Bend Round-Up for over 100 years.  Enjoy the magnificent panoramic views of the Cascades, over 300 days of sunshine, the four seasons, and wide expanses of fertile wheatland.  Waterville....a community to grow in.

Crowning the Waterville Plateau, the small community of Waterville is surrounded by large expanses of wheat fields, and a spectacular view of the majestic Cascade Mountain Range.  Founded in 1885 and incorporated in 1889 by the Territorial Charter, it holds the long-standing claim as the highest incorporated town in Washington State with an elevation of 2,622 feet above sea level. 

Waterville was established as the Douglas County seat on May 2, 1887, with a population of several hundred people. The most recent survey places the population at 1,140. Residents here enjoy a relaxed lifestyle and reasonable cost of living, a diverse economy with potential for growth, and access to high-speed fiber via the Douglas County Community Network. 

Visitors will enjoy the many historic buildings, Waterville Museum, Pioneer Park, a municipal pool, the Badger Mountain Ski Area, snowmobiling, snow kiting, and more.  It is also the home of the North Central Washington Fair held each year the third week of August.