By Doug Flangan
Camas-Washougal Post-Record 

American Empress ready to make waves in East Clark County


Last updated 3/24/2022 at Noon

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The Port of Camas-Washougal has struck a deal with an Indiana-based cruise line to bring the American Empress, the largest overnight riverboat west of the Mississippi River, to East Clark County twice a week, starting in June 2022.

The Port of Camas-Washougal is set to welcome the largest overnight riverboat west of the Mississippi River to East Clark County this summer.

Port commissioners approved a contract with the American Queen Steamboat Company (AQSC) during a virtual meeting on Wednesday, March 16, bringing the American Empress sternwheeler to the region in an effort to increase tourism and provide local businesses with a much-needed boost.

"Their company is very big about coming into a community and really being a part of that community. They see it as a positive thing," Port business development manager Derk Jaeger said during the meeting. "They are really all about supporting events and things that we have in our region. I think it's a great opportunity to partner with a company like this that will have a good economic impact for our region. Plus it will be kind of cool to see a big paddlewheel boat outside at the marina."

The Indiana-based AQSC deploys the American Empress for nine-day, one-way trips between Vancouver and Spokane, and seven-day roundtrip voyages from Vancouver, with stops in Astoria, Oregon; Stevenson, The Dalles, Oregon; Richland, Washington; and Clarkston, Washington.

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