Cougar, Washington

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Cougar, Washington
Cougar Post Office
Cougar Post Office
Cougar is located in Washington (state)
Location in the state of Washington
Cougar is located in the United States
Cougar (the United States)
Coordinates: 46°03′05″N 122°17′58″W / 46.05139°N 122.29944°W / 46.05139; -122.29944Coordinates: 46°03′05″N 122°17′58″W / 46.05139°N 122.29944°W / 46.05139; -122.29944
CountryUnited States
Elevation156 m (512 ft)
Time zoneUTC−8 (PST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−7 (PDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)360
FIPS code53-15010
GNIS feature ID1518146

Cougar is an unincorporated community and former town in Cowlitz County, Washington. Cougar is located around 30 miles (48 km) northeast of Woodland along Washington State Route 503 and situated along the northwest bank of Yale Lake, a reservoir on the Lewis River. The population was 122 at the 1990 Census, when it was still incorporated as a town, but disincorporated before the 2000 Census. The Cougar community is part of the Woodland School District, a K-12 school district of about 2,200 students. Cougar is the nearest community to Mount St. Helens, which lies 13 miles (20.9215 km) to its northeast. The eruption of Mount St. Helens on May 18, 1980 was the deadliest and most economically destructive volcanic event in the history of the United States.

A post office called Cougar was established in 1902.[2] The community was named after the cougar.[3]


Cougar is located at 46°03′05″N 122°17′58″W / 46.05139°N 122.29944°W / 46.05139; -122.29944 (46.0514993, -122.2995413).[4]

A notable Cougar resident is Gary Bennett, former Arista Records recording artist and founding member of the country band BR549.

External links


  1. ^ "USGS—Cougar, Washington". Retrieved 12 June 2014.
  2. ^ "Post Offices". Jim Forte Postal History. Archived from the original on 6 March 2016. Retrieved 26 July 2016.
  3. ^ Meany, Edmond S. (1923). Origin of Washington geographic names. Seattle: University of Washington Press. p. 57.
  4. ^ "2013 U.S. Gazetteer Files". Retrieved 12 June 2014.