Ryderwood, Washington ~ "The Village in the Woods"

Telecommunications Options

@ the end of SR 506:

  1. CenturyLink: Landline Telephone & DSL Hi-Speed Internet (May need to ID as "Legacy Centurytel"). Offers fastest Internet connection @ 6-10 mbps. www.centurylink.com 
  2. USCellular: 4G LTE Data & Cellphone service.
  3. Sprint and Verizon: Extended LTE cellphone/data service.
  4. AT&T and T-Mobile do not work in Ryderwood.
  5. Television: DirectTV and/or Dish are the best options for local stations (Portland) and sports.

Community Events:


Garage SaleWeekends:

the last full weekends of April and August


Craft Fairs:

3rd weekends of May and October


4th of July: Parade, Picnic and Games


Holiday Potlucks: Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas


​& More!

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

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

The Town Served by Volunteers

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.


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

Hospitals are located in Longview and Centralia.

Doctors, dentists and optometrists are available in Castle Rock, Toledo and Winlock.


Banking, Groceries, Hardware, Restaurants etc. are available in Castle Rock, Toledo and Winlock.


Two Cafes and shops are located in Vader.

Utilities & Services

  • Postal Service @ Ryderwood, WA 98581: Registration required for P.O. Boxes and/or street delivery.
  • Electric Service: "Cowlitz PUD" (Public Utility District) @ (360) 423-2210, 961 12th Ave, Longview, WA
  • Water & Sewer: "Cowlitz Public Works" @ (360) 577-3030, 1600 13th Ave, S. Kelso, WA. This is Ryderwood's most expensive utility. All aspects have been updated within the last 10 years.
  • Trash Collection: Community Waste & Recycling @ (360) 748-7387. Weekly service for 1 30-gal. can is included in RISA dues.​