With an efficient modern bulk terminal, the Port of Kalama is among the busiest West Coast ports for the export of bulk commodities. The Port of Kalama has an industrial area that spans over 11 kilometers (seven miles) of riverfront next to the Columbia River's federally-maintained deep water (13-meter or 43-foot) navigation channel. The Port of Kalama is served by the Union Pacific and Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) railroads.
The Port of Kalama was created in 1920 by popular vote. A three-member port commission governs the Port of Kalama. Income sources for the Port of Kalama include lease of port properties, marine terminals, the Kalama marina, and services supporting the grain terminal and breakbulk docks. More than 20 industries in the Port of Kalama employ more than 1000 people.
The mission of the Port of Kalama is to attract environmentally-responsible capital investment that creates jobs and promotes opportunities for public recreation.
The North Port Marine Terminal in the Port of Kalama has one berth and a working area of 5574 square meters (60 thousand square feet). This Port of Kalama terminal has berthing distance of 274.3 meters (900 feet) with alongside depth of 13 meters (43 feet). Dock has a live load capacity for one thousand pounds per square foot.
The Kalama Export Company operates one berth in the Port of Kalama with a total length of 331.6 meters (1088 feet) with depths from 12.2 to 20.4 meters (40 to 67 feet). There is storage capacity for two million bushels at this Port of Kalama berth and capacity to load three thousand tons per hour
The Port of Kalama owns, and CENEX/Harvest States Cooperatives operates the Port of Kalama Grain Elevator Wharf to receive grain by barge and ship grain by vessel. Grain barges also moor at the dolphins below the wharf. The grain elevator at the rear of the wharf contains 128 silos with total capacity for 6.4 million bushels. Two surface rail tracks serve the wharf and connect it to both the Union Pacific and BNSF railroads. The Port of Kalama Grain Elevator Wharf has three berths with berthing distance of 256 meters (840 feet) with alongside depth of 12.2 meters (40 feet), 160.3 meters (410 feet) with alongside depth of 9.1 meters (30 feet), and 125 meters (410 feet) with alongside depth of 12.2 meters (40 feet).
The Port of Kalama owns, and RSG Forest Products Inc. operates a wharf to receive rafted logs and to ship lumber by ocean-going barges. One surface rail track serves the open storage area at the rear of the wharf. One surface BNSF rail track serves the open storage area. This Port of Kalama wharf has berthing distance of 91.4 meters (300 feet) with alongside depth of 3 meters (10 feet).
Kalama Chemical Inc., a Freedom Chemical Company, owns and operates a private facility in the Port of Kalama that receives toluene shipments. A pipeline connects the wharf to three storage tanks with total capacity for five million gallons of toluene. One surface rail track serves the plant at the rear of the wharf and connects with the Union Pacific Railroad. The wharf has berthing distance of 207.3 meters (680 feet) with alongside depth of 12.2 meters (40 feet).
The Port of Kalama owns the Kalama River Industrial Park, a 75-acre facility with lots covering from two to 30 acres that have pre-loaded utilities. The Port of Kalama's industrial park is just half a mile from Interstate Highway 5 and 40 minutes from Interstate Highway 84 East. The industrial park has easy access to the Port of Kalama's deep-draft facilities on the Columbia River. The park is served by both the Union Pacific and BNSF railroads.
The Port of Kalama also operates a marina and recreational facility with 222-slips. The marina contains a boardwalk and viewing docks at the boat harbor, paths for walking and biking, sheltered picnic areas, playgrounds, and the Pacific Northwest's biggest totem pole. The public beaches at the marina are popular with swimmers, fishers, windsurfers, and those wishing to enjoy the scenery. The full-service fuel pump at the Port of Kalama marina is open from 5am until 9pm every day.