The Port of Camas/Washougal on the Columbia River serves the communities of Camas and Washougal in Clark County, Washington.
The Port was established in 1935 by a vote of the people in a special election. Today it encompasses the port, a marina, Grove Field airport, Industrial Park, 4 recreational parks, and the Washougal Waterfront Development. The Port provides facilities and services for commerce as well as land, air, and water use, all of which enhance employment and recreational opportunities for the Camas and Washougal communities.
Grove Field is a municipal airport located north of Camas. It was named in honor of Ward Grove, who founded the airstrip in 1945. The airport today spans 105 acres and offers 79 hangars, 14 tie-downs for outside storage, and a 2,710-foot runway.
The industrial park was established in 1966 when the United States Army Corps of Engineers created a 5.5-mile levee along the Columbia River. Since its inception, the industrial park has seen significant development. Today, it’s home to 41 businesses and about 900 employees with an annual payroll above $27 million. It is at 100% occupancy with about 60 acres left open for development.
The marina was first developed while Commissioner Leighton Blake was serving his term (1953 to 1955). It now offers: 356 moorage slips; a 4-lane launch ramp; a large parking area for boat trailers and tow vehicles; a waterfront restaurant called The Puffin Cafe; a self-service fuel dock; a boat repair/storage facility nearby; and parking for self-contained RVs. The marina is the Dolphin Yacht Club’s home port.
The Port owns 4 parks: Captain William Clark Park (managed by Clark County); Marina Park, which hosts summertime concerts; Parker’s Landing Historical Park, which details our area’s history; and the new Washougal Waterfront Park and Trail. We will build a Children’s Natural Play Area along the Waterfront Trail in 2018. We are also planning to develop a dog park beside the airport.
WASHOUGAL WATERFRONT DEVELOPMENT
Located on the site of the former Hambleton Lumber Mill, this 40-acre site on the Columbia River boasts great traffic access and beautiful views. It’s also adjacent to the Washougal Waterfront Park and Trail (to the south) and the Marina (to the west). The Port is partnering with Killian Pacific Developers (who owns 13 acres of the site) to develop a vibrant, multi-use community with residential, office, restaurant, retail, and hotel components.