The Port of Columbia County is a special district in Columbia County, Oregon, that encompasses 51-miles along the Columbia River. The district’s boundaries span from the Clatsop County line in the northwest of Columbia County, to the Multnomah County line in the southeast, and includes the cities of Scappoose, St. Helens, Columbia City, Prescott, Rainier, and Clatskanie.

The Port was created in 1940 under Oregon Revised Statute (ORS) Chapter 777 to promote economic development opportunities in the district, primarily through the lease, sale, and development of industrial properties. Originally called the Port of St. Helens, the Port was renamed in 2018 to be more representative of the entire district.

Today, the Port of Columbia County owns 10 different property sites and 2,400 acres of land, including industrial properties with excellent highway, rail and river access, and a deep-water dock at Port Westward for maritime access to the Pacific Ocean.

The Port also owns and manages the Scappoose Industrial Airpark, the Bayport RV Park, and the Scappoose Bay Marine Park, which offers recreational river access to the local and regional community.

At a glance

  • Facilities

    • Clatskanie Business Center — Commercial, light industrial and office space available for lease in Clatskanie, OR.
    • Columbia City Industrial Park — Approximately 93 acres of light industrial use with 40 acres available for lease. The property features access to the Columbia River, rail access, highway frontage, and is located approximately 32 miles from Portland, OR.
    • McNulty Creek Industrial Park — Approximately 47 acres of heavy industrial and commercial land available within the South Columbia County Enterprise Zone. This improved property is rail served, has all utilities available, and has excellent transportation access approximately 30 miles from Portland, OR.
    • Milton Creek Industrial Park — Located within the city limits of St. Helens, OR, with small vacant lots available for build-to-suit opportunities.
    • Multnomah Industrial Park — Near St. Helens and zoned heavy industrial, this property is composed of 155 acres and currently houses four production buildings (with office space) and a smaller office/storage building.
    • Port Westward Industrial Park — Located along the Columbia River outside the City of Clatskanie, this property spans over 1,700 acres with access to a deepwater dock and rail access with unit train capacity. It is an energy-focused industrial park and the site of Portland General Electric’s Beaver Power Plant and the Port Westward 1 and 2 Generation Plants. Over 1,400 acres are currently available (786 acres of this property is undergoing a rezoning process).
    • Railroad Corridor — Zoned for heavy industrial use and conveniently located less than one mile from U.S. Highway 30, with approximately 17 acres available for development. This property has easy access to the Columbia River (water draft is approximately 12’ to 20’), a rail spur located adjacent to the site, and is located within the South Columbia County Enterprise Zone.
    • Scappoose Industrial Airpark — Columbia County’s biggest airport, this property covers 196 acres and sits at an elevation of 58 feet above mean sea level. The single 15/33 asphalt runway measures 5,100 ft. by 100 ft. It is zoned as a “public use airport” with a variety of aviation-related businesses on-airport, and various parcel sizes available for lease adjacent to the airport.
  • Recreation
    • Scappoose Bay Marine Park — Public amenities include a three-lane boat ramp and a separate launching dock for kayaks and stand-up paddleboards (depth of water runs from 6-10 feet).
    • Bayport RV Park & Campground — Located adjacent to the Scappoose Bay Marine Park and offers a variety of activities.


Main Office: 100 E Street, Columbia City, OR 97018
Mailing Address: PO Box 190, Columbia City, OR 97018
T: 503-397-2888

General email: inquiries@portofcolumbiacounty.org

Key staff:
Executive Director — Douglas Hayes (hayes@portofcolumbiacounty.org)
Property & Operations Manager / Deputy Executive Director — Craig Allison (allison@portofcolumbiacounty.org)

Larry Ericksen, President
Robert Keyser, Vice President
Chris Iverson, Second Vice President
Chip Bubl, Treasurer
Nancy Ward, Secretary