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.


205, 2020

Gradually Reopening Cascade Locks

Mayor Cramblett and Port President Groves were live this morning speaking about the preparatory work that the task force has accomplished.  The mention plan is attached. Thank you for our commissioners Groves and Stipan, Mayor Tom and all the staff supporting.  Thank you  to all of our business partners who participated in designing this plan!

A Question & Answer live video will be hosted on Port’s Facebook feed on Monday, May 4th at 5:30pm.  Please send in your questions to info@portofcascadelocks.org or post in the comment section of the Facebook video.

904, 2020

COVID-19 Closures Update

In an effort to protect the local community from COVID-19, Port Commission closed its recreational areas, including all waterfront areas, the beach, boat launch, park, campground, and public restrooms.  Access to Thunder Island Brewery, operating under the take-out/delivery only order, in-lieu site, and the marina for tenants will be allowed.  Port Commission President Jess Groves is urging the Governor to utilize state law enforcement to assist with overseeing the closure of public spaces and enforcement of the Stay at Home order.  The commission expects this measure will best protect the community of Cascade Locks and the gorge.

2403, 2020

Virtual Meetings

In keeping with recommended social distancing practices, Port meetings will be held virtually. Agendas will be posted on our website, Post Office and Columbia Market and will include teleconference number to call. We ask that those participating in meetings mute their phones so that background noise doesn’t become distracting to the content of the meetings. We appreciate everyone’s patience as we navigate forward through new challenges and find what ways we can best serve our community.

In light of this new practice, here’s a fun video highlighting the challenges of teleconferences. Enjoy!