The Clarkston Port Authority is charged with providing property, facilities, and infrastructure that encourage private investment in the city. The Port of Clarkston's mission including creating wealth for its constituents, creating jobs, diversifying and stabilizing the local economy, and maintaining a sustainable environment.
The Port of Clarkston is a community leader in assuring that the city's waterfront is a robust focal point and a centerpiece for tourism and recreation in the region. Finally, the Port of Clarkston works to maintain and improve the quality of life for Asotin County residents.
The Port of Clarkston was created in 1958, some 17 years before the Lower Granite Dam was completed in 1975. When the dam was completed, the Port of Clarkston began to ship agricultural and forest products. Located 740 kilometers (460 miles) from the mouth of the Columbia River, the Port of Clarkston is Washington State's farthest inland port.
The Clarkston Port Authority covers all of Asotin County, but its efforts focus on the 120 acres of flatland adjacent to the Snake River. Because the Port of Clarkston area is almost completely utilized, the port plans to develop an additional 120 acres south and west of the port.
The Port of Clarkston's 176.8-meter (580-foot) Gateway Dock hosts three cruise lines that anchor tour boats bringing thousands of tourists to the port each year between April and October. The dock is a popular departure point for jet boats taking on the whitewater ride into Hells Canyon, the deepest river gorge in North America. The Gateway Dock is available to private boaters when cruise ships are not in the Port of Clarkston.
The Port of Clarkston has one of the biggest cranes in the state which is used to move containers, logs, and other cargo. Loads include many large yachts loaded on trucks bound for inland locations across the country. The crane has been used to move yachts as long as 23.8 meters (78 feet) weighing over 40 tons.
In 2012, the Port of Clarkston participated in the Snake River Boat Builders Export Initiative to expand the community's business and export economy. In just 18 months, the Initiative created three in-bound and three out-bound trade missions as well as branding and marketing efforts. Businesses in the Port of Clarkston that had never exported products are now exporting welded-hull aluminum boats. Three new distributorship agreements were signed, each expected to create up to $800 thousand in annual sales.
The Port of Clarkston owns and operates the Port of Clarkston Dock to ship and receive containers, conventional general cargo, logs, and heavy-lift cargo. The Port of Clarkston Dock has an open storage area of about three acres at the rear of the dock. The Port of Clarkston Dock has berthing distance of 109.7 meters (360 feet) with alongside depth of 4.9 meters (16 feet).
The Lewis-Clark Terminal owns and operates the Port of Clarkston Grain Terminal Dock to ship grain. The grain elevator at the rear of the dock includes 13 steel tanks with total capacity for 580 thousand bushels. The Port of Clarkston Grain Terminal Dock has berthing distance of 91.4 meters (300 feet) with alongside depths of 3.7 and 4.0 meters (12 and 13 feet).