Ports of Pacific County

Our four Port Districts serve as hubs of the county’s economy

The Ports of Pacific County are key economic drivers, creating family wage jobs and environmentally responsible industry. Our ports promote trade, tourism, economic development, infrastructure building, marine cargo, freight mobility, environmental sustainability, and community outreach. Many local businesses are located on Port owned property.

A gateway to our natural resources

Our port districts are dominated by local natural resource productivity including: the seafood business- oysters, hard-shell clams, Dungeness crab, salmon, finfish, shrimp, tuna, ground fish, halibut, and other seasonal seafood. Recreational fishing remains an important activity of the Port of Ilwaco, Port of Chinook and the Port of Willapa Harbor’s Tokeland marina.

Pacific County is home to four working Ports:

  • Port of Willapa Harbor
    $2.141,000 Revenue
  • Port of Ilwaco
    $2.955,000 Revenue
  • Port of Chinook
    $672,000 Revenue
  • Port of Peninsula
    $1.554,000 Revenue

2020 summary for all Ports in Pacific County: $7.3M in revenues and $4.3M in expenditures.

2020 Per capita port district spending: $194.98

Port of Ilwaco

Located on the extreme southwest coast of Washington, the Port of Ilwaco is nestled just inside the Columbia River bar. Its 800-slip marina is idyllic for both recreational boaters and commercial fishermen. The Port of Ilwaco has invested in the development of dry dock options for commercial and pleasure vessels. The Port has a 50-ton travelift, a self-service boatyard and dry boat storage facilities. A modern decommissioning and recycling facility for vessels serves the entire Washington coast. The Port also manages a small airport two miles east of the Port. The Port of Ilwaco accounts for the second largest port district of landed fish in the state of Washington.

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    Jobs Supported
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    $24.6 million
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    Economic Activity
    $40 million

Port of Peninsula

The Port of Peninsula primarily serves the shellfish aquaculture industry of Willapa Bay with about 90 leased slips. (World-renowned Willapa Bay Oysters) The Port has a sewage pump-out station and is equipped with power and water. The Port of Peninsula has Willapa Bay’s only fully-approved above-ground commercial fueling facility. Fifteen Oyster Dredges work from the Port of Peninsula. The Port of Peninsula has Willapa Bay’s only fully-approved above-ground commercial fueling facility whose main customers are the Oyster Dredges. Willapa Bay continues to provide up to one quarter of all oysters consumed domestically and internationally, and a majority of that production crosses the working docks/pier at Port of Peninsula.

Port purpose:

Port of Willapa Harbor

Traditional Port industries have included fish and timber processing industries. Considerable growth industries now include biomedical and cannabis production operations. The geography of the Port district encompasses primarily timberland and shellfish-producing tidelands. The Port’s marina facilities serve the local commercial fishing and shellfish farming fleet with moorage facilities and operations space. The Port also provides facilities and developable industrial land for manufacturing operations, including a small airport with hanger space. The Port is also developing an Energy Innovation District. the Port includes the Willapa Harbor Airport, the Dick Taylor Industrial Park and the Stan Hatfield South Fork Industrial Park. The Port currently has 31 industrial and commercial tenants and provides moorage in Raymond, BayCenter and Tokeland.

Port of Chinook

Commercial and recreational fishermen from this Port pursue catches of salmon, tuna, black cod, halibut, sturgeon, and crab. Some of the commercial catch is sold locally but most is shipped internationally through distributors. The majority of boats berthed at the Port’s marina are recreational boaters, serving boaters with accessibly-priced moorage and fuel services.

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