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.

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

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

Volunteers Opportunities:

  • Firefighters & EMTs: Top of the list!
  • C.O.P.s: Citizens on Patrol, evenings
  • Coffee Stops: Shift staffers and cookies - lots & lots of cookies!
  • Cafe: morning coffee, cooking, cleaning, dishwashing & much more!
  • Town Breakfast: Cooks, servers, dishwashers
  • Senior Nutrition: servers, dishwashers, set-up, clean-up.
  • Library: Shelving, cleaning
  • Grounds Maintenance: Park & Lake
  • Craft Fairs & Garage Sales: assist with every aspect of putting on these popular events.

Ryderwood Today


The Association of homeowners, known as RISA, manages the business of the Town. Board members are elected volunteers. The Town's only paid employees are the RISA office staff.

Located in the northwest corner of Community Hall, contact information is:

305 Morse St., P. O. Box 143 - Ryderwood WA 98581 - (360) 295-3651

​​Office hours are Monday, Wednesday, Friday : 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.. 
Call to make appointment if these hours are inconvenient.
​Telephone messages and emails usually receive a response within 48 hours.​


Association dues of $40 per month include weekly trash collection; street lights; community property expenses of taxes, insurance, utilities, and improvements. The reason dues are low is 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!  

All Ryderwood homes are individually-owned and ownership is legally restricted to those over 55 years of age.  Websites such as Zillow and Trulia are a source for properties that are currently for sale. Maruta Hiegel is a local Windermere Realtor who lives in town.

There is always something happening in Ryderwood!

Ryderwood, Washington ~ "The Town With Two Histories"

Ryderwood Cafe

  • The Ryderwood Cafe building is completely supported by Ryderwood Community Center Trust volunteers and donations.
  • 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 commercial kitchen is certified by the county Health Dept.
  • ​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 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 "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 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.

What are “Coffee Stops”?
The I-5 Rest Stops at Toutle are serviced by registered non-profit groups. Volunteers staff the Rest Area and serve coffee and cookies to travelers. These are major fund-raisers for our local non-profit groups:

  • ​AMVETS Post 7010
  • Community Church
  • Fire Auxiliary/Firewise
  • RCCT (Café)
  • Ryderwood Social Club
  • Ryderwood Women’s Club
  • VFW Post 7010