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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.
If you are visiting by boat from another area, you will likely need to "lock through" one or more of the dams on the river. The following table provids contact information for the lock operators at each dam and their associated recreational lock schedules.
|Ice Harbor||509-543-3231||WUJ 42||Locks|
|John Day||541-298-9712||WUJ 35||Locks|
|Little Goose||509-399-2233 x231||WUJ 44||Locks|
|Lower Granite||509-843-1493 x231||WUJ 45||Locks|
|Lower Monumental||509-282-3218||WUJ 43||Locks|
|The Dalles||541-298-4007||WUJ 34||Locks|
For more information on locking through, see the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' How To Lock Through.
Other mid-Columbia boat launch sites include Port of Cascade Locks (Cascade Locks, OR), Port of Hood River (Hood River, OR), Port of Skamania (Stevenson, WA), Meyer State Park (Mosier, OR), and Port of The Dalles (The Dalles, OR).
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.