Port Info2019-08-28T19:53:02+00:00


The Port of Cascade Locks is a municipal corporation, a local governmental entity with taxing authority. There are 23 public ports in the state of Oregon, located along the Pacific coast and Columbia River system. The Port of Cascade Locks is a separate entity from the City of Cascade Locks, although the two agencies do work together closely. The Port’s mission is economic development for the entire port taxing district, which extends from the Columbia River in the north, to the peak of Mt. Hood in the south (map). Because the majority of the Port district is uninhabited National Forest, the Port focuses primarily on the incorporated scenic city of Cascade Locks, Oregon population 1,235.

The Port owns and operates the Bridge of the Gods, an iconic bridge over the Columbia River which serves as a critical transportation connection between the states of Oregon and Washington. The Port owns and maintains the popular Cascade Locks Marine Park which contains riverfront lawns, historic structures, campground, boat ramp, marina, beach, public art, and historical museum. The Port owns the Sternwheeler Columbia Gorge paddlewheel river boat, leased to the Portland Spirit for seasonal day cruise operations from Cascade Locks. The Port also has a variety of facilities available for your year-round private special event rentals.

The Port strives to be a “business-friendly engine for economic development.” As such, the Port of Cascade Locks has the authority to buy, develop, lease, and sell property. The Port strives to recruit new businesses to town, while also supporting existing local businesses. Benefits of the Port’s economic development activities include: new family-wage year round jobs, infrastructure investments to support development, resources for new and growing businesses, increased utility revenue to support City of Cascade Locks’ services, increased commerce to local companies, a supportive community partner, as well as enhanced recreation and tourism activities within the region. The Port of Cascade Locks is an active participant in regional conversations pertaining to economic development, transportation, and tourism in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.

The Port is governed by a policy-setting board of 5 elected Port Commissioners. The Port Commission holds two regular public meetings per month on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays, at 6pm at the Cascade Locks City Hall Council Chambers. On average, the Port employs approximately 20 staff between the full time, part time, and seasonal positions each year. Available employment opportunities are posted year round, as they arise.

For additional information about visiting scenic Cascade Locks, Oregon, please see the “Visit Cascade Locks” page hosted by the Cascade Locks Tourism Committee.

The mission of the Port of Cascade Locks is to:

• Operate in a fiscally prudent manner to ensure its continuity
• Facilitate effective infrastructure and transportation solutions
• Recruit businesses to create family wage jobs and economic growth within the district and region
• Create economic growth opportunities for existing businesses within the Port District
• Enhance tourism and recreation for the Columbia River Gorge region
• Provide leadership and create partnerships within the region for economic development
• Utilize our natural resources

Port 10 Year Vision Statement (11/2013)

In the year 2023…The Port of Cascade Locks, located in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, is a business friendly engine for economic development. The Port is responsible for the creation of more than 500 jobs within the community of Cascade Locks in the last ten years. The Port’s success is due largely to collaborative partnerships and grant funding for stable infrastructure. The industrial park is now served by a full interchange on Interstate-84. The Bridge of the Gods is well maintained, adequately funded, and serves as a regional economic resource. The Port’s ongoing efforts have contributed to a vibrant downtown. The beautiful community of Cascade Locks has national recognition as one of the best places to live, work, and recreate.


1109, 2019

Bridge of the Gods Deck Rehab Project

The concrete Bridge deck in the southbound lane coming out of Washington has wheel rutting, potholes, cracking and increased wear.  Recent concrete core tests have revealed high levels of salt content in the concrete. The State of Washington uses salt to treat ice on SR 14. The salt gets tracked on to the Bridge deck, which has led to more rapid deterioration of the road surface.

Conway Construction has been contracted for the necessary repair work on the Bridge.  They will be removing salt contaminated concrete and resurfacing the southbound lane on the Washington Bridge deck.  Additionally, both the Oregon and Washington deck surfaces will be sealed for preservation.  The repair will require closing the southbound lane for the extent of […]

1109, 2019

To Pay for BreezeBy, Commission Considers Toll Increase

At the September 5th meeting, Commission discussed offsetting the ongoing annual costs of the tolling technology by increasing toll from $1.00 to $1.25. No decisions have been made at this time. Further discussions will occur at upcoming Commission meetings.

509, 2019

Cross Channel Swim in Cascade Locks

Last Monday marked the first year of Roy Webster Annual Cross-Channel Swim being held in Cascade Locks. More than 400 swimmers boarded the sternwheeler for the mile-long ride upstream to the jump-in location early in the morning. In addition to moving the race to Cascade Locks, it was also a return of the beloved event after two years of cancellations due to poor conditions. Event organizers, as well as participants and spectators, were pleased with the re-launch of the event here in Cascade Locks. “The new location mirrors our former location so well it didn’t really change the program that much,” said Ashley Huckaby May of organizing Hood River Chamber of Commerce. “The swimmers were … excited and raring to […]