Ryderwood, Washington ~ "The Village in the Woods"

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

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

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

The reason RISA dues ares only $35 per month is because nearly all of the labor for maintenance is performed by volunteers.  At the going rate of $24 per hour for IRS In-Kind Donations, only millionaires could afford to live here!


• 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.

Cowlitz-Lewis Fire District #20

serves Vader (Station 1) and Ryderwood (Station 2). An all-volunteer force of Firefighters and Emergency Responders meets all National and State requirements. There are currently 6 Firefighters living in Ryderwood and 2 Emergency Responders serve the District from Vader.

Interested volunteers should contact Station #1 at (360) 295-0906.

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 2 out of the last 3 years/
  • 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.