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The Port of Klickitat maintains a small marina, several parks including Marina Park and Sailboard Park, and Bingen Harbor. These recreational areas are owned, managed, and maintained by the Port, but are made available to the general public. The Port hosts a variety of recreational users engaged in various activities including boating, kiteboarding, paragliding, stand-up paddle boarding, and windsurfing. In fact, the nearby city of White Salmon is home to the well-known windsurf, kiteboard, and stand-up paddleboard equipment makers Naish USA and North Shore.
All recreation users should remember to take care when playing in the Columbia River, be courteous to other users, and watch out for pilings, drift nets (during fishing season), and barge traffic. If you are boating and have difficulty, check with one of the service providers offering boater assistance. If you're heading out on the water and can't quite remember the difference between a "can" and a "nun", review the US Aids to Navigation Guide [ – 4.1MB].
NOTICE: If you operate a business and in the course of providing your product or service use Port facilities or properties, you are required to obtain a concession permit from the Port. Failure to obtain such a permit will result in removal from Port property.
Boaters wishing to access the Columbia River may do so using the Port's boat ramp at Marina Park and the associated boat trailer parking area. Sheltered from the winds for which the Columbia River Gorge is known, Bingen Harbor is both a favorite launch site with calm water and light winds and a regular stopover for boaters traveling the river that want a respite from from the swells and chop. For more information on boating in the Gorge, visit the Hood River Yacht Club.
Sailboard Park is an intermediate to advanced launch site for kiteboarders when the winds are too high or the crowds too large at other locations. It is also used as a starting point for heading upriver and a pickup spot for kiteboarders coming upriver from locations to the west. View the video at right to see why kiteboarding has become so popular. For more information on kiteboarding in the Gorge, visit the Columbia Gorge Kiteboarding Association. For lessons, visit Gorge Gradients, an authorized kiteboarding school at Bingen Point.
From Burdoin Mountain to Sailboard Park, Bingen/White Salmon (Washington) is one of the premier paragliding locations in the Columbia River Gorge. With a 1,500 foot drop and spectacular views of the Columbia River and Mount Hood, it's sure to become one of your favorite sites. View the video at right to see why Bingen/White Salmon should be your next destination. For more information on paragliding in the Gorge, visit the Cascade Paragliding Club. See this Google map for directions from Sailboard Park to the launch site.
Bingen Harbor is a popular starting point for stand-up paddle boarders.
Sailboard Park remains the quiet favorite of many novice windsurfers that seek lighter winds while avoiding the crowds at other locations. For more information on windsurfing in the Gorge, visit the Columbia Gorge Windsurfing Association.
If you find yourself in trouble while boating in the Columbia River Gorge, the following companies provide assistance and other services to pleasure boaters in the mid-Columbia region.
Columbia River Marine Assistance
Vessel Assist Portland
The Port is pleased to partner with the following state and local agencies. We are working together to enhance, improve, and protect the Port's recreation areas for the enjoyment of our constituents and tenants.