The U.S. Columbia River Quarantine Station

The Columbia River’s “Ellis Island 1899-1938

The U.S. Columbia River Quarantine Station that was in operation from 1899-1938 is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  The Knappton Cove Heritage Center (KCHC) is a non-profit all volunteer organization dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of this significant historic site. The Station was established when Congress mandated the health inspection of all incoming ships to prevent the spread of shipborne infectious diseases.  Quarantine was often necessary. The KCHC maintains a small museum in the 1912 lazaretto (aka pesthouse) that served the Station and showcases the history of the U.S. Public Health Service and Pacific NW Immigration.

There is no paid staff. The KCHC depends on volunteers to be museum hosts and grounds upkeep.  The museum is open by appointment for guided tours ($5/person for groups) and is open free to the public on most summer Saturdays 1-4pm. Donations are always welcome.

Contact Information

Nancy Anderson
Reservations and Information:

521 WA-401, Naselle, WA 98638

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Other Information

  • Hours Open

    Saturday & Sunday, 1-4 pm
  • Seasons Open

  • Prices and Fees

    Free (Donations are welcomed)
  • Accessibility

    The museum cannot accommodate wheelchairs due to entry steps and narrow inside passageways in this vintage building.  Outside interpretive signage and our website provides information for those unable to manipulate the stairs.