The Port of St. Helens is a municipal corporation formed by the Oregon law authorizing localities to create port districts and undertake economic development activities. In addition to local port facilities, the Port of St. Helens owns and operates the Scappoose Industrial Airpark in Scappoose and Scappoose Bay Marine Parkin Warren.
The Port of St. Helens is guided by a five-member Board of Port Commissioners elected by residents in the port district to four-year terms. The Board of Port Commissioners establishes policy, approves the budget, and hires the Port of St. Helens' executive director to administer the port. The Board is made up of five elected officials with four-year terms.
The Port of St. Helens' primary missions are to create and sustain employment, diversify the regional economy, and to maintain and expand the port's financial return. The Port of St. Helens recruits new business and supports industries already located in the port district. The Port of St. Helens has authority for an almost ten kilometer (six mile) wide, 82 kilometer (51 mile) long area of the Columbia River.
The Port of St. Helens Maintenance Department makes repairs and maintains port-owned properties and undertakes special projects in seven of the eight port-owned sites. The Port of St. Helens Maintenance Department serves more than 12 acres of commercial/industrial buildings and maintains utilities and systems across more than 400 acres of port property. The Port of St. Helens' maintenance shop is located at the Multnomah Industrial Park in Warren and is open from 7am until 3:30pm.
Port of St. Helens property includes the Scappoose Bay Marine Park in Warren, Oregon. The marine park has 21 boat houses and three boat ramps in addition to 86 boat slips. The Port of St. Helens' Scappoose Bay Marine Park is home to the Scappoose Bay Watershed Council and Scappoose Bay Paddling Center. The marine park has a picnic area that is available for special events.
The Port of St. Helens' Columbia City Industrial Park is the home of the port's office. With about 93 acres zoned for light industrial use, the park has about 40 acres available for lease. The industrial park is located within the Columbia City/St. Helens Enterprise Zone, and it is home to Clearwater Paper, West Oregon Wood Products, Dixieline Lumber, and Columbia Pacific Economic Development.
The McNulty Creek Industrial Park is located in the Port of St. Helens. It contains about 50 acres of land zoned for heavy industrial use, and it is supported by rail services and utilities. The Port of St. Helens' McNulty Creek Industrial Park is located within the Columbia City/St. Helens Enterprise Zone.
Located within the city limits, the Port of St. Helens' Milton Creek Industrial Park contains about 83 acres zoned for light industrial use. The park contains small build-to-suit lots. The Milton Creek Industrial Park in the Port of St. Helens is home to Oregon Paper, Rainshadow Labs, St. Helens Properties, and Riverside Training Center.
The Port of St. Helens' Multnomah Industrial Park contains about 130 acres of property zoned for heavy industrial use. The park contains several buildings that are available for lease. Multnomah Industrial Park in the Port of St. Helens is home to Even Construction Inc., Michael Curry Design, ORPET LLC, and McCormick Piling.
The Port Westward Industrial Park in the Port of St. Helens is an energy-focused park with an existing deep-draft marine facility with a 365.8-meter (1200-foot) wharf on the Columbia River. The 931-hectare marine industrial park has more than 567 hectares available. Located in the Lower Columbia Enterprise Zone, the Port of St. Helens' Port Westward Industrial Park is served by rail with capacity for on-site unit train. The Port Westward Generation Plant and PGE's Beaver Power Plant are located within this Port of St. Helens industrial park.
The Railroad Corridor in the Port of St. Helens is located near the Multnomah Channel in St. Helens. It contains about 104 acres, including about 17 acres that are available for development. This heavy industrial site has rail connections, and it is home to Pacific Phoenix Forest Products.
The Port of St. Helens' Scappoose Industrial Airpark is Oregon's second busiest non-towered general aviation airport. The airpark handles surplus traffic at Hillsboro and Portland International airports in Portland. TransWestern Aviation is the fixed-base operator at this Port of St. Helens airpark. Other companies located within the airpark are the NW Antique Airplane Club, Oregon Aero, Evergreen Aviation (Overall Aircraft Services), Composites Unlimited, Sherpa Aircraft, Columbia Aviation, and Sport Copter.
The Port of St. Helens owns, and Dixieline Lumber Company and Friesen Lumber Company operate the Port of St. Helens Pier to ship lumber and receive rafted logs. At the rear of the dock, Dixieline Lumber has ten acres (including eight paved acres) of open storage for lumber, and Friesen Lumber has about 20 acres of open storage for logs. The Port of St. Helens Pier is served by one rail track with capacity for eight rail cars that connects with the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) railroad. Located in Columbia City, this Port of St. Helens dock has berthing distance of 91.4 meters (300 feet) with alongside depth of 5.5 meters (18 feet).