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Kalama is THE place to be this weekend!

Get ready to shop! The much-anticipated annual All City Garage Sale takes place this weekend, August 18, 19 and 20! Hosted by the Kalama Chamber of Commerce, Kalama residents host sales at their homes as well as in booths downtown. The treasures are plentiful and maps and lists of sale items will be posted on downtown signs. And printed maps and lists are available to pick up NOW at the four-way way stop downtown. Come on by!

Another unique event to Kalama, the Untouchables Car Show, also takes place this weekend on Sunday, August 20 with more cool car entries than ever. The event has become a popular destination bringing guests from all over the region to see more than 300 classic cars on 1st Street in downtown Kalama.

Guests are invited to wander the event, grab a bite to eat, participate in raffles and games and enjoy local music. Fun. Fun. FUN!

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Summer events are in full swing at the Port of Kalama!

At the Port of Kalama we value both business and civic collaboration. In an effort to support our community, local events and organizations, we eagerly help promote what’s happening here! We hope you’ll mark your calendars for some of these upcoming festivities.

Next week is the last week for the popular Tinkergarten at Port of Kalama’s Haydu Park. The program continues their nature-based meet up groups for children ages 1.5 – 5 years and their parents at the park on Tuesdays and Wednesdays between 10:00 am and 11:00 am through August 16th.  The group meetsnear the tree line and there is no cost to participate.  Register on their web site

US Coast Guard Auxiliary vessel safety inspections for marina patrons will be held on Saturday, August 19th between 9:00 am – 5:00 pm in the marina.  Patrons can sign up and receive an informational brochure at the front desk of the Port administration building or by calling 360-673-2325.  More info here:

Southwest WA Anglers Fall Salmon Derby returns again this year on Saturday, August 26th between 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.  Weigh-in stations will be at Marine Park at the Port of Kalama with other locations in Woodland and Astoria.  Over $10,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded.  Registration and more information can be found on their web site:

Click below for a calendar of events and activities at the Port of Kalama!

Haydu Park –

Marine/Rasmussen Parks –

Come join us!

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Emergency dredging at Port of Kalama will commence Monday, August 7 to ensure safety and smooth sailing for all

The impact of Mother Nature and Old Man Winter has taken its toll in the Columbia River at the Port creating unusually large volume of sediment flowing in the river

With the 100+ degree days we’re experiencing it’s hard to remember that grueling wet winter we endured. But the impact of the winter’s heavy precipitation and higher than usual river flows have reached the Port of Kalama marine terminals and shoreline. The high raging rivers of spring have produced a much larger volume of sediment flowing along the bed of the Columbia River here which has caused increasing challenges for river traffic and commerce.

Usual routine dredging would commence in the fall, but due to recent navigation challenges to vessels at the Port, immediate action is required. Dredging at the TEMCO grain elevator will begin on August 7th. The majority of dredge material will be placed in-water along the beaches at Ahles Point and the southern half of Rasmussen Park, however some material may be placed on the beach. Port of Kalama day use parks will remain open for recreation. Should beach placement occur, work areas of the beach will be temporarily closed and signage will be placed to alert visitors.

The Port is sorry for any inconvenience this causes recreational visitors but ensuring public safety and a navigable river is of utmost importance at this time. The dredging is expected to take place into early September.  Maps of other recreational sites and beach access areas are available at the Port administration offices.

For additional information, please call us at 360.673.2325 or visit

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Port of Kalama Files Appeal to Shorelines Conditional Use Permit

The Port of Kalama today filed an appeal to the conditions placed on the Shorelines Conditional Use Permit for the Kalama Manufacturing & Marine Export Facility (KMMEF) by the Washington State Department of Ecology (DOE).

“While the Port is in no way opposed to regulation of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, the Port believes that GHG emissions are appropriately addressed in the air emissions permit for the manufacturing facility not a shorelines decision,” said Mark Wilson, Port of Kalama Executive Director. “We believe that the Shorelines Management Act is not intended, nor does it grant the authority, to regulate Greenhouse Gas (GHS)—It is for the protection and proper management of the shoreline. Our appeal is about the precedent setting nature of the permit.”

The primary shoreline impact of the overall project is a marine terminal which will be built, owned and operated by the Port of Kalama.  Northwest Innovation Works (NWIW) will be the primary user of the facility, but it will also be available for lay berth use by other ships. The Port will charge fees for the use of the terminal by NWIW and other users.

The marine terminal will include a dock, berth, loading equipment, utilities and a storm water system.  Ships calling at the terminal for methanol will connect to shore power which reduces emissions to the air from ship engines.

For more information on the port’s appeal documents click here.

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State Department of Ecology Approves Kalama Manufacturing & Marine Export Facility Use Permit

The Washington State Department of Ecology (DOE) today approved the Shorelines Conditional Use Permit for the Kalama Manufacturing & Marine Export Facility (KMMEF).

This permit is the result of a long and comprehensive public process through which the community and other stakeholders participated in submitting comments and suggestions for the development.

The Port of Kalama appreciates DOE’s diligence in reviewing the permit application.

The primary shoreline impact of the overall project is a marine terminal which will be built, owned and operated by the Port of Kalama.  Northwest Innovation Works (NWIW) will be the primary user of the facility, but it will also be available for layberth use by other ships. The Port will charge fees for the use of the terminal by NWIW and other users.

The marine terminal will include a dock, berth, loading equipment, utilities and a stormwater system.  Methanol ships calling at the terminal will connect to shore power which reduces emissions to the air from ship engines.

The majority of the emissions associated with the condition are not located in the shoreline jurisdiction.  Nonetheless, Ecology is seeking to impose limitations on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for the overall project in the shoreline/conditional use permit.

“The GHG emissions condition by Ecology appears to be unprecedented and will require further evaluation to understand the implications for development throughout the state,” said Mark Wilson, Executive Director.  Port attorneys are reviewing the permit and the conditions.

Greenhouse gas emissions are a worldwide issue. The KMMEF project contributes to a significant net reduction in GHG emissions by replacing coal methanol with Ultra-Low-Emission gas methanol.

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Port of Kalama Honored with Pathways 2020 Community Champions Award for Economic Vitality

The Port of Kalama has been honored with the Pathways 2020 Community Champions Award for Economic Vitality. The ‘economic vitality’ category awards organizations that excel at creating jobs, employee wellness, training, employable skills, new or expanding business, transportation, financial security, reducing poverty, and higher wages. Pathways 2020, a Cowlitz County nonprofit, also awards individuals and organizations that lead in the areas of education, housing, social cohesion, health and access to healthy foods.

“This award reflects our planning and collaboration with community and business partners to ensure environmental and economic balance to create good jobs, investments in community amenities, and a quality of life like none other,” said Troy Stariha, president, Port of Kalama Board of Commissioners.

Port of Kalama contributes to a thriving and livable community

The Pathways 2020 award for economic vitality celebrates the Port of Kalama’s contributions to ensure a healthy economy and community assets that improve Kalama’s quality of life:

  • Marina renovation project is under design to perform maintenance and upgrades while enhancing safety and environmental protection, American’s with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessibility, facility aesthetics and overall attractiveness of the entire marina.
  • Parking facilities will be expanded at Marine Park to accommodate more recreational visitors and serve marina traffic.
  • McMenamins new hotel and brewpub located on the Kalama riverfront, which honors the town’s Hawaiian heritage and founding pioneers, is under construction and is expected to open to the public in early 2018.
  • Initial property development and preparation of the mixed-used Spencer Creek Business Park are underway to expand business opportunities in Kalama.
  • In response to demand for more light industrial space at the Port, the board of commissioners recently approved the expansion of Kalama River Industrial Park with a new 110,000 square foot building. Permitting and construction will start soon.
  • In an effort to develop a closer relationship between the students and faculty of the Kalama Schools and the Port’s business partners on the waterfront— the Port played a leadership role in a student career fair that offered an opportunity to meet members of the business community and learn about jobs and career opportunities right there in Kalama.


Pathways 2020 is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life in Cowlitz County through collaborative partnerships, resource mobilization, strategic planning and program development. Its mission is to promote and improve the health and wellbeing of Cowlitz County by fostering community partnerships that provide the fabric and support each person needs to be a healthy and contributing member of the community.

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Celebrating Earth Day: Port of Kalama is brimming with economic activity, community vitality, recreational opportunity, and environmental stewardship

As businesses continue to find Kalama a perfect location to grow, the small community celebrates Earth Day with an extensive list of recognition for environmental stewardship

Just 30 minutes north of Portland, Oregon, business and community development are booming at the Port of Kalama. With more than 30 companies employing over 1000 people, the Port of Kalama offers a prime location for companies seeking industrial land and exceptional move-in-ready industrial buildings.

The Port’s sweeping riverfront industrial acreage with easy access to all modes of transportation is attracting new and emerging businesses—all while offering a pristine natural environment for recreation, sporting and nature enthusiasts.

At the core of the Port of Kalama’s mission is a promise to carefully evaluate community investments to create jobs and enhance public recreational opportunities all while protecting and enhancing the environment and natural resources. That careful  balance is in the DNA of every single project the Port embarks upon. It is the Port’s job to ensure that environment, economy and community assets are thoughtfully planned to work in harmony with one another.

It’s a balancing act and it’s not always easy, but we strive to do the right thing to ensure Kalama’s quality of life. Always.

From the new Spencer Creek Business Park to a new building in the Kalama River Industrial Park, McMenamins locating here, and international businesses like Northwest Innovation Works choosing Kalamaall of these exist thanks to years and years of contemplation, collaboration, diligent planning—and a commitment to protecting the  culture here. And all bring incredible economic opportunity to this community in the way of tax dollars for infrastructure like roads, as well as jobs.

It’s Earth Day Every Day at Port of Kalama

The Port of Kalama is dedicated to preserving Kalama’s natural environment through community service projects and has been awarded numerous honors for environmental stewardship:

  • The Port supports the Lower Columbia River Fish Enhancement Group for salmon habitat restoration at the lower Kalama River. The Port has invested in structures built along the shoreline to provide shelter and safe feeding areas for young salmon.
  • The Port participated in the Kalama River Clean-up with river conservation nonprofit, RiverJunky. The Port provided removal of all waste, debris and materials from the site after clean-up efforts.
  • The organization installed environmentally friendly lighting and climate control in the new Administrative Building.
  • Water-infiltration systems were installed to avoid stormwater discharge at the Industrial Park, Marina, and Port-owned facilities and buildings.
  • The Port is consistently awarded outstanding performance recognition for wastewater treatment by State Department of Ecology award.
  • A marina restoration project is proposed to not only enhance access to the facility but to performs environmental upgrades and safeguards to protect shoreline and river
  • The Western Dredging Association (WEDA) awarded the Port of Kalama with the top Environmental Excellence Award in the navigation dredging category.
  • Port of Kalama was named Washington State Port of the Year in 2015 for combining long-term vision and innovative planning to create jobs and quality of life.
  • The Port received the Pathways 2020 Community Champions Award for its significant community contributions.


The Port of Kalama ensures that everything we enjoy about our town—the business, the environment and our wonderful recreational opportunities are all working together.  Our mission is to balance the needs of our community with stringent environmental protection and we invest in things that make Kalama a better place to live.

Please join us in celebrating this beautiful community we have created together.

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We’re progressing! Site preparation now underway at Port of Kalama’s Spencer Creek Business Park

Site preparation and preloading commences work this month at Spencer Creek Business Park at the Port of Kalama. The Port recently awarded the $1.2 million contract to Tapani, Inc. for Phase 2 site preloading and ground improvement at site which is now underway.

Residents and visitors will see the piles of sand being moved onto the site at Area 3 for the ‘preload’ phase of the ground improvement process. After Area 3 settles the preload material will move on to Area 4. The area is well-marked with signs to help explain the process.

The Phase 2 project at Spencer Creek Business Park will complete site preloading and occur in several phases with a land settlement period between each phase. (A project map is included below.) The project includes:

  • Removing all sand above 26.5′ elevation from Areas 1 and 2
  • Moving it in phases to Areas 3 through 6
  • Permitted clearing of some trees and vegetation, fences and structures
  • Compacting sand to 26.5′ elevation.


Upon completion of Phase 2, the entire 70-acre footprint will be prepared for development. General business activity at the Port will not be interrupted during this time.

Watch this video to find out more about what Spencer Creek Business Park will bring to our community.

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Help the Port support our local community – share your voice

As part of our mission and in support of the Kalama Manufacturing and Marine Export Facility, the Port is responsible for building two assets inside the shoreline jurisdiction—the proposed wharf for ship moorage and export, and a new well for industrial process water. We’ve done our due diligence to ensure an environmentally—and economically—responsible community asset in the new facility.

The Port’s wharf and well will not only provide benefit to the entire community, but will serve facilities that brings jobs and opportunity to our community— all while generating millions of dollars in taxes for our schools, roads and infrastructure. It is simply a win-win:

  • 688 total jobs during operations, including 192 direct jobs and 496 indirect and induced jobs
  • $21 million in annual payroll for direct jobs
  • Estimated $30 to $40 million in annual tax payments to state and local authorities


Speak Up

Washington State Department of Ecology can approve or deny the Shoreline Substantial Development and Conditional Use permits issued by Cowlitz County. Make your voice heard to support our community.

Click on this link to speak up for our community:

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Port of Kalama commission finalizes lease agreement with McMenamins, moves forward with construction

The iconic family owned business known for operating distinct properties in the Pacific Northwest will develop a portion of the Port of Kalama riverfront with a hotel, restaurant, pub and brewery

The Port of Kalama Commission this week approved the final lease agreement with McMenamins to build a new hotel and brewpub on Port property.  Construction of the facility is expected to commence on the site within the next 60 days.

The new McMenamins destination will include a 40-room hotel, meeting rooms, gift shop, restaurant, brewery, and rooftop brewpub with river view as well as a smaller 500- square-foot pub a short walk away at the Port of Kalama’s Ahles Point.

“Not only can Kalama look forward to this terrific dining and recreational option here, but this is truly an incredible investment and community asset that will bring significant economic benefits to the city of Kalama by way of sales taxes and jobs,” says Mark Wilson, executive director, Port of Kalama. “We expect this development to draw even more visitors and potential business interests to the area.”

With a long history of reimagining interesting spaces, McMenamins will incorporate Kalama’s Hawaiian heritage into the design of the buildings, which will be modeled after the historic Pioneer Inn in Lahaina, Maui. Architectural plans were completed by Collins Architectural Services and are ready for the Port’s construction of the building and landscaping. McMenamins will design and construct all interior components of the facilities working with Pacific Crest Construction for the build-out.

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