The Port of Camas-Washougal is a political subdivision of the State of Washington. Established in 1935 by a public vote to promote economic development for the towns of Camas and Washougal, the Port of Camas-Washougal's policy board includes three commissioners elected to four-year terms.
The Port of Camas-Washougal public boat launch is open all the time. Commercial fishers and recreational boaters can get an annual pass for the launch, and recreational boaters can pay a daily launch fee.
The Marina at the Port of Camas-Washougal was opened in the 1950s. Today, it offers 356 moorage slips and a four-lane launch ramp. The Port of Camas-Washougal Marina is home to two yacht clubs including the Dolphin Yacht Club, a self-service fuel dock, a facility for storage and repair of boats, and The Puffin Café. The Port of Camas-Washougal Marina also has convenient parking for self-contained RVs. Marina Park is a popular spot for concerts in the summer, and Parker's Landing Historical Park teaches visitors about the area's history.
The Port of Camas-Washougal Marina offers covered and uncovered moorage in 6.1- to 12.2-meter (20- to 40-foot slips. Slips are available on a first-come first-served basis. At the breakwater dock and east dock, moorage is available in the summer only. Guests at the Port of Camas-Washougal Marina can rent slips for the day for from $10US for boats of less than 6.4 meters (21 feet), $12US for boats from 6.4 to 8.8 meters (21 to 29 feet), and $15US for boats of 9.1 meters (30 feet) and above.
The Port of Camas-Washougal Marina is protected by secured access and video surveillance. Except for the H-Dock guest slips, electricity and potable water is available. The Port of Camas-Washougal Marina has gas and diesel fuel, holding tank pump-out, and receptacles for garbage and recyclables. Tenants have access to restrooms and showers. A port store is open on a seasonal basis.
The Port of Camas-Washougal has been home to the Dolphin Yacht Club since 1955. The club sponsors social and Columbia River Yachting Association events that include cruises, the annual Parade of Boats and Closing Day festivities, and the hospitality dinner for Christmas Ships' captains.
Marina Park in the Port of Camas-Washougal features a walking path with great views of Mount Hood to the east and gorgeous sunsets to the west. The park has picnic tables, accessible restrooms, and an RV disposal station. The Port of Camas-Washougal's Marina Park has been the venue for summer concerts since 2002, and it is the site for many events like Closing Day ceremonies, fishing tournaments, and Camas Days' Art in the Park.
The Port of Camas-Washougal strives to improve local economies. The Port of Camas-Washougal contains a 174-hectare industrial park that plays a major role in local income and employment. Averaging an occupancy rate above 90%, the Port of Camas-Washougal Industrial Park provides about one thousand jobs and $30US million each year.
The Port of Camas-Washougal is completing its master plan for the Steigerwald Commerce Center next to the current industrial park. The future center is a 50-hectare site of industrial-zoned undeveloped land, the largest such facility in Clark County. The Industrial Park and Steigerwald Commerce Center are served by the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway, and the Portland International Airport is just 17 kilometers (ten miles) to the west. The industrial area for the Port of Camas-Washougal has easy access to Interstate Highways 5 and 205.
The James River Corporation within Georgia-Pacific LLC owns and operates several docks in the Port of Camas-Washougal. The Camas Mill Shipping Dock is used to receive bagged raw materials that include packaging materials (including rolled paper and cartons), clay, starches, and chemicals. Finished paper products are also shipped from this Port of Camas-Washougal dock. There is storage space of about 2880 square meters (31 thousand square feet) in the warehouse located at the rear of this Port of Camas-Washougal dock. The dock has three berthing stations with alongside depths of 3.7 and 4.6 meters (12 and 15 feet), one berth with berthing distance of 111.6 meters (366 feet) and two with berthing distance of 56.4 meters (185 feet).
James River Corporation owns and operates the Camas Mill PECO Unloading Dock in the Port of Camas-Washougal to receive wood chips, hogged fuel, sawdust, and fuel oil. The open storage area at the rear of this Port of Camas-Washougal dock has capacity for four thousand bone dry units (BDU) of red fir, 1500 BDU of alder, two thousand BDU of hemlock, and 800 BDU of hogged fuel. A pipeline connects this Port of Camas-Washougal dock to a 43-thousand barrel fuel oil storage tank. The dock has berthing distance of 109.7 meters (360 feet) with alongside depths of 3.7 and 4.6 meters (12 and 15 feet). There are also four dolphins on the opposite side of the slough that offer 274.3 meters (900 feet) of berthing space for idle barges. The plant at the rear is served by and connects with the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway.
The Camas Mill Log Lift in the Port of Camas-Washougal is used to receive rafted logs by the James River Corporation. The log raft storage area extends on both sides of the Camas Slough and along the right bank of the Columbia River. Log lift depths are 2.1 and 3.0 meters (7 and 10 feet). The dock is served by and connects with the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway.