Rental Policies


Vacation Rental Home Policies

These policies were created to meet the needs of both our vacationing guests and Coves owners. We thank you for taking the time to read, respect and understand our policies, we take great pride in providing you with clean, comfortable, well maintained, and well stocked homes for your enjoyment.

In order to ensure the continued quality of our homes, we ask that you print and read the rental agreement form link below, sign it, and mail, fax or email it back to us prior to your stay. You can also find this form in our Policy & Procedure Notebook located in each house. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us.

Reservation Deposit: The Reservation Deposit is equal to one night's stay + tax for the house you have chosen and will be charged at the time of your booking.  A valid credit card number will be kept on file to secure your reservation, security/cleaning deposits, tax, additional night's stay, any loss or damages, and beyond normal cleaning fees.

All remaining balances are due 30 days in advance of occupancy or immediately if the reservation is made within that time period.  We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express and Cash.

Cancellation Policy: Your reservation deposit is refundable, less a $50.00 cancellation fee, if canceled before 30 days prior to your scheduled arrival.  No refunds are given if cancelled less than 30 days, unless we re-rent the home for the dates confirmed to you.  If the home is re-rented, your deposit, less the $50.00 cancellation fee, will be returned to you.  No refunds will be given for early departure.

Cleaning Fee: A non-refundable cleaning fee will be charged to each reservation with amount being unique to each house. We reserve the right to charge an additional fee if extra cleaning is necessary.

Security Deposit: A $250.00 refundable security deposit will be charged per unit, 30 days prior, if three or more homes are reserved for your stay, whether reserved as a group or as individual rentals. Upon checkout, each home will be inventoried and accessed for damage, missing items and general misuse. We expect all guests will adhere to our policies regarding limited parking, check out procedures and general respect of our property. Any violations of our policies will place each $250 security deposit refund at risk. If all is well, then corresponding deposits will be refunded within 10 days following your departure.

Tax: Tax charges for Hotels, Vacation Rentals and RV Parks are 9.7% in Skamania County.

Check In/Out: Check in time to any of our homes is 4:00pm or later. Check out time is at 11:00am. Exceptions can be made depending on the rental schedule of the house you are in. When checking out we ask the following: insure floor heat is off or set to low (60 degrees) in bathroom, bedroom, and main living area (not all houses have floor heat). Load and run the dishwasher, strip sheets on beds, turn off lights, take garbage out (dumpster at main gate) and lock doors and windows.

PLEASE NOTE: This is a self-check in facility. An email will be sent to you in advance and will include the name of your house along with the door and gate codes if applicable. For RV’s you will be given your space number as well as gate code.  We have onsite caretakers who are available to help you if needed. Their office is located to the right before the first gate on the property. Their phone number is 509-427-4900, email is info@skamaniacoves.com.

Since we have limited parking, if you plan on having company visiting you during your stay, please let our caretakers know when they will be arriving and leaving. We have overflow parking spots available.

Occupancy Limits: We currently have 6 homes and 1 treehouse that are available for renting, each home has a maximum amount of tenants allowed to stay in them:

Bluff House: sleeps 6, no pets
Beacon Rock Condo West: sleeps 6, no pets
Sternwheeler Condo East: sleeps 6, no pets
Overlook House: sleeps 6, no pets
Treehouse: sleeps 2, no pets, no children under the age of 12
High House: sleeps 6, pet considered
Riverhouse: sleeps 4, pet considered
(The Garden Shed can be rented along with the Riverhouse for an additional fee): sleeps 2

When signing the rental agreement, you agree to the limit of tenants in each home. If this limit is not respected, we have the right to cancel this agreement and any money paid by the tenant will be forfeited. There is to be no tents, campers, tent trailers or motor homes at the homes sites. We do have an RV park and guests are welcome to reserve space there if needed.

Liability: By agreeing to this reservation, you, the tenant, agree that The Resort at Skamania Coves is free and harmless from any liability for any claims, loss, damage or expenses arising by reason of any injury, death or property damage sustained by any person including yourself, your family, friends, and/or your guest, or pets where such injury, death, or property damage is caused by negligent or an intentional act.

Use EXTREME caution when crossing the railroad tracks. Only the Riverhouse tenants can have their cars cross through the lower gate. Under NO circumstances is anyone allowed to play on or around the tracks. The railroad will fine anyone who they find anywhere near the tracks.

The Resort at Skamania Coves is not and cannot be responsible for lost or stolen items. A $15 service charge and C.O.D. is required if you would like us to pick-up and mail any items left in the unit after you check out.

Use of Premises

Age Requirement: All tenants renting any of our homes, MUST be 25 year of age or older. There is no exception.

Security Codes for Gates and Houses: We give you the security code to access our property and our houses, although we change them after you check out, we trust that you will not share these numbers with others to ensure the safety of our property, our guests and yourself.

WiFi: WiFi and internet connections are available in each of the homes, except the Treehouse. Please note that our property is considered rural, therefore all internet connections can be unreliable.

Smoking: There is NO Smoking in any of our houses. There is no exception. We ask if you must smoke that you do so in a respectful way to keep property clean and litter free, considerate of fire safety, and the comfort for all guests. There will be a $250 charge if someone smokes in the houses. There is no smoking allowed in any of the wooded areas or in the vicinity of the treehouse (500’). It’s best if you just don’t smoke on the property at all.

Noise Control: We respectfully ask that while staying with us, you keep noise to a minimum to not interfere with other guests. Quiet time at The Coves is between 10:00 pm through to 9:00 am. We would appreciate that all noise be moved inside during these hours. Outdoor music should only be played at a level that you can hear.

Tenants are subject to immediate eviction and removal from the rental for the following infractions: 1) Smoking inside rental, 2) Unruly pets, 3) Number of occupants exceeds the number of contracted guests, 4) Complaints of noise, loud music, foul language, or otherwise disturbing of the peace. The entire amount of the rent and security/damage deposit fee will be forfeited if eviction occurs.

Weddings/Events/Parties: Skamania Coves is not an event venue. Weddings, receptions, events, reunions, or parties involving non-registered Skamania Coves patrons are not allowed.

Children: Please be extra diligent with your children. There are many potentially dangerous spots on our property, such as the train crossing, the highway, poison oak in the woods, swimming, riverbanks, and steep slippery rocks. We want this to be a safe and memorable vacation for you and your family, so please DO NOT let your children cross the railroad track, or swim, or hike, without you. If you have small children who still wet the bed, please come prepared with a waterproof pad. If there is an accident, please let us know so we can take extra care in cleaning and sanitizing for the next guest.

Fireplaces and Pits: There are wood burning firepits at each Cove. Keep all burnable materials in the pit. During the dry hot time of year and during very windy days/nights fires are not allowed. Note, a fine of $150 will be charged for all inappropriate use of any of the firepits.

The Riverhouse has an open, wood burning fire pit. Please use at your discretion and be considerate of property, fire safety and safety to others. All burning material MUST remain inside the stone walls of the fire pit, no exceptions. There are times when there is a no outside burning allowed in the gorge due to wind and dryness. A hose should be nearby – please ask for one if it is missing. The inside wood burning fireplace can ONLY use Presto type logs - these burn cleaner, leave little ash, and are much safer for the old chimney to take.

The Overlook House has an inside burning fireplace but can ONLY use Presto type logs - these burn cleaner, leave little ash, and are much safer for the old chimney to take.

The Bluff House, Beacon Rock and Sternwheeler Condos have gas fireplaces, which are controlled by remote switches. A gas operated fire pit is located in the lower SE section of the gravel drive. This is a shared pit, for all houses to use and share. It can only be turned on and off by the caretaker of the property, and there are no requests after 9:00 PM.

Access to the Coves: The bonus for staying at The Resort at Skamania Coves, is the Coves! All tenants have access to the use of all the beachfront coves along our property, with exception to the private beach front at the Riverhouse. Please note that unless prearranged, the Coves are to be shared by all tenants at all times. Feel free to use the swim platform.

WARNING! There is no lifeguard on duty. Swim at your own risk.

The Coves include:
The Side Cove - a long narrow, usually shaded Cove. This is perfect for multiple family use.
The Private Cove - a tiny secluded beach and sitting area. This is great spot for a small family, or close friends.
The Main/Large Cove – has a large lawn excellent for family gatherings and games, bring your Frisbees, beach balls, bad mitten net, etc. A launching area for your kayaks, canoes, paddle boards, windsurfers, or smaller craft sailboats.  Larger watercraft can launch from Stevenson boat ramp.

Access to the Woods: There are five acres of woods to explore. We are in the process of building trails. In the meantime, we would recommend that you NOT venture off any established trails into the woods. Please be warned that Poison Oak is abundant throughout the ungroomed areas of the property.

Using Boat Dock and Boat Ramp: There is a seasonal boat dock that guests can use. There is no overnight tie up allowed on the dock. Boats may tie up temporarily to pick up and drop off passengers and gear.

Larger watercrafts can launch in Stevenson then use our mooring buoys to tie up your boat. It is not advisable to leave your boat in the water overnight as the winds can shift and cause damage to your boat and even beach it due to wave action.

Railroad Crossing: The train is part of the culture of the Gorge. Please use caution.

The Railroad has strict restrictions to their crossings and there is no exception to these at The Coves either. We DO NOT have a crossing gate, so the only way you know a train is coming is to LOOK both ways! DO NOT try to beat the train across the track in your car or by running across. They move very fast and they CANNOT stop! You must cross quickly and do not loiter around the tracks.

The Railroad owns the property on 50 feet either side of the tracks and they will immediately call the police if they see anyone loitering in that zone. We will also ask guests to leave if they do not respect the Railroad property and crossing. Stay away from the tracks except to cross. When a train is in site, stay well behind the signs so they do not blow their horns.

Please note, the trains use this section to pass each other, this means the train may stop, and sometimes may block access to and from the Coves. This doesn't last long. DO NOT try to attempt to climb through the cars. This is incredibly dangerous. You will be fined by the railroad if they catch you. Guest vehicles are not allowed across the railroad tracks with the exception of those staying at the Riverhouse. The Riverhouse can accommodate three cars max parked by the Riverhouse gate.

Pet Policy: While many of our homes adhere to a strict "No Pets" policy, a select number of our homes welcome dogs and are advertised as “Dog Friendly.” This will be specifically noted on each property’s information page and will be detailed within your confirmation. Any guest found with a pet in a property that is not pet friendly will be required to vacate the premises without refund. This is strictly enforced.

A Non-Refundable Pet Fee of $70.00 ($100 for two dogs) will apply to each reservation that includes a dog. This fee does not cover damage to the property or grounds resulting from a dog, including but not limited to: chewing, scratching, digging and unreported house training accidents.

For the homes that allow pets, we ask that the dogs weigh under 70 pounds, are at least two (2) years old and a maximum of two (2) dogs per property. “Visiting” pets are not allowed.

No Cats Allowed unless specifically requested and approved by the property owner.

Dog owners are asked to respect the comfort and safety of other guests. Please clean up after your dog, both in public areas and in the yard of your rental property. Please do not allow your dog to bark excessively or to roam onto neighboring properties. Complaints may lead to eviction without refund.

Dogs are not allowed on furniture or beds. It is also helpful to bring something (bed, blanket, etc.) on which you know your pet will be comfortable sleeping. Extra cleaning fees will be charged for furniture, blankets, comforters, etc. that have pet hair left behind. This may include professional steam cleaning; usually resulting in charges above $200.

Please don’t leave your dog unattended for long periods of time. A crate is ideal for those situations in which you must leave. You are responsible for any damages your pet causes.

No dogs allowed in our hot tubs.

Amenities & Damages: Each of our houses are fully stocked with items you need to help make your stay feel like home. We have taken an inventory of all items; this includes utensils, games, linens, furniture and artwork. If anything should go missing or get broken or damaged during your stay, we have the right to charge your credit card the full retail value of that item.

Report Needed Repairs: We make every effort to make sure all equipment and appliances are in working order prior to your arrival. In the event that something has been overlooked and you find a malfunction with an appliance or anything else inside or outside the home, please inform our caretaker immediately and we will do what we can to fix the problem. In doing so, please be advised that we will need to enter our rental home for the purpose of making the repairs or replacing the item.

Contact: Please contact Skamania Coves by email at info@skamaniacoves.com or by phone at (509) 427-4900 should you have any questions.

Final Note: We reserve the right to refuse the stay of any guest or visitor without giving a reason.