Port Info2021-01-12T11:26:07-08:00


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 Wednesdays, 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.


601, 2023

Sternwheeler Update

Media Contact: Olga Kaganova – 541.374.8619

The Sternwheeler Columbia Gorge has completed its 2022 Holiday Excursion Schedule in Portland and returned to its home in Cascade Locks where it will winter for the next two months.

In March, the vessel will move to Vancouver for its scheduled dry docking to complete its U.S. Coast Guard Hull and Paddle Wheel Inspection. While there, new port and starboard grid coolers, piping, grounding guards, and transducer will be installed. The vessel will be painted from the waterline to the deck edge. The Port also is considering the addition of bow thrusters to improve mobility when docking the vessel.

The Port’s procurement of new engines – paid for with American Rescue Plan Act funds directed to the project thanks […]

1006, 2022



Cash Transactions and Commercial Vehicle Increases

Cascade Locks, OR, June 2022 – The Port of Cascade Locks intends to increase toll for The Bridge of the Gods effective July 1st, 2022. The last time tolls increased was in 2016. Since 2016, the Consumer Price Index (CPI) has increased by 19%. Added to this are: increased preservation needs on the bridge due to the aging structure, needed future planning, and decreased revenues.

Standard passenger vehicle BreezeBy electronic toll will remain unchanged at $1.25, while those using Cash or Credit Card will now pay $3.00/crossing. Other vehicle types will see an increase of $1/axle and box trucks/RVs without trailers will be $7 […]

2904, 2022

Easter in Cascade Locks

The Cascade Locks Easter Hunt was a great success with over 115 children participating in the hunts. In total 18 entities donated to the event and over 30 volunteers helped the day of to make this an event to remember for families in Cascade Locks. Thank you to all that donated, volunteered and brought your families! We are looking forward to next year already.

We would like to send a HUGE thank you to all of our contributors:

Cathy Fallon
City of Cascade Locks
Cascade Locks PTO
Columbia Market
Thunder Island Brewing Co.
Grain Integrative Health in the Gorge
Karen & Harry Troeger
Best Western Columbia River Inn
Bridgeside Restaurant
Cascade Locks Fire & EMS
Jack Arnold
Karen Klapprich
Hood River County Prevention Department
Cascade Locks Historical Museum
Cascade Locks Community Church
Cascade Motel
Kailey Johnson
Marva Janik

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