Amenities:

  • Postal Service: Registration required for P.O. boxes and/or street delivery. Ryderwood Post Office is located at 210 Morse St.
  • ​Electric Service: Cowlitz PUD, 360-423-2210, 961 12th Ave, Longview, WA  98632.
  • Water & Sewer: Cowlitz Public Works, 360-577-3030, 1600 13th Ave. South, Kelso, WA 98626. (This is Ryderwood's most expensive utility. All aspects of the system have been updated within the last 10 years.)
  • ​​Trash Collection: Community Waste & Recycling, 360-748-7387. Weekly service for one 30-gallon can is included in RISA dues.​ Tuesday pick-up.
  • Phone and Internet: (Note: Landlines are required for all available MedicAlert systems.)
  1. CenturyLink offers landline telephone and fiber-optic DSL high-speed internet at 6-10 mbps.
  2. FiberXStream offers 15-25 mbps with a one-time installation fee. ​
  3. US Cellular offers 4G LTE data service, Sprint offers an extended 4G LTE service while Verizon offers 3G data. AT&T and T-Mobile do not work in Ryderwood. Most pay-as-you-go plans use T-Mobile, so they don't work in town, either.
  • Television: ​Local stations from Portland, Oregon are available through DirectTV and/or Dish. Most external antennae do not work in Ryderwood. 

Ryderwood has been a Firewise Community since 2009. The purpose of the program is reduce the risk of wildfire by reducing fuel load. Volunteers (sometimes with grants) help with cleanup and brush chipping events twice a year. An annual Expo provides information for residents.

Two first responders standing in front of a fire department ambulance.

​​Fire Protection

Cowlitz-Lewis Fire District #20, a dual-county merged department, serves Vader (Station 1) and Ryderwood (Station 2). Ryderwood residents get excellent fire insurance rates because of proximity of equipment, staff and fire hydrants. It is an all-volunteer department and Ryderwood must have 6 firefighters to maintain those low insurance rates. Firefighters and emergency responders meet all national and state requirements, and all training and gear is provided by the District. Like their Facebook page to get up-to-date information.

Ryderwood post office exterior with raised flag.

Learn more about the Retirement Community History:

​Emergency Services:

Call 9-1-1: Cowlitz-Lewis Fire District #20 provides BLS emergency service. Advance Life Support (ALS) paramedic service is provided by Lewis Co. "Medic 1." 


Medical Services & Hospitals:


Nearest Shopping:

  • A café, quick market and thrift shop are located in Vader. 
  • Banking, groceries, hardware, restaurants and more can be found in Castle Rock, Toledo and Winlock.

Services & Amenities

Welcome to Ryderwood, WA 98581

The Village in the Woods

Ryderwood Improvement & Service Association

305 Morse Street; P. O. Box 143; Ryderwood, WA 98581
T: 360-295-3651​; F: 360-295-3690; RISARyderwood@outlook.com