1923-53: "World's Largest Logging Town";

Since 1953, the Oldest "Planned Community for Retired Persons". 

Ryderwood is a Firewise Community

  • Ryderwood has been a Firewise Community since 2009. 
  • Firewise is sponsored by the National Fire Protection Association; co-sponsors are USDA Forest Service, the US Interior Department, and the National Association of State Foresters. 
  • Ryderwood's Firewise program has received State Farm Community Program grants for its programs.
  • The Communities Program is an interagency effort that encourages local solutions for wildfire safety.
  • Ryderwood meets the goal of reducing the risks of wildfire by organizing clean-up and brush chipping twice a year. 
  • Visit firewise.org for information.
  • R.I.S.A is the private 501(C)4 corporation that manages Ryderwood. The Office is located at 305 Morse St. in the NW corner of Community Hall.
  • Formed in 1953 by Senior Estates (prior to HOAs) it manages the business affairs of the town.
  • Link to the RISA Bylaws is posted above.
  • R.I.S.A. Board members are all volunteers.
  • The Town's only paid employees are the RISA office staff.


The reason RISA low dues ares only because volunteers provide nearly all of the retirement community's needs.  At the going rate of $24 per hour for IRS In-Kind Donations, only millionaires could afford to live here!

Ryderwood, Washington ~ "The Town With Two Histories"

Ryderwood Dance & Social Club

  • The Ryderwood Cafe building is completely supported by donations and the efforts of Social Club volunteers.
  • Volunteers serve Burgers, Soups & Salads on Mondays from 4-6p.m.; Biscuits & Gravy on Wednesday mornings from 7:30-9:30 a.m.; and Friday night dinners @ 5 p.m.
  • ​The building serves as the Town's emergency center

Cowlitz-Lewis Fire District #20

  • Fire protection and Emergency Medical Services for Vader (Station 1) and Ryderwood (Station 2) are provided by this unique across-county-lines merged department.
  • Ryderwood's excellent homeowner's insurance rates rely on having six (6) active Firefighters living in town.
  • ​Advance Life Support (ALS) Medic service is provided by "Lewis Co. Medic 1".
  • Firefighters and Emergency Responders meet all National and State requirements. All training and gear is provided by the District. 
  • Interested volunteers should contact Station #1 (Vader) at 360-295-0906. 

AMVETs / VFW

• AMVETS Post 7010: Established in 2014

• VFW Post 7010: Established more than 30 years ago.

• Town Breakfast, 1st Saturday 

• 4th of July Parade and Picnic in the Park,

• All funds generated are reinvested in the Town.

• Both groups have resources to help veterans and their spouses access benefits.

• The groups provide volunteer labor for many Town projects.