Come play at the Port of Kalama!
Nestled on the banks of the Columbia River in southwest Washington, the Port of Kalama boasts miles of riverfront playground, beaches, public parks and marina, a vibrant community of antiques, shops and restaurants, and a rich small-town culture. As a key player in the Kalama community, the Port is responsible for enhancing public recreational opportunities.
Transportation Interpretive Center
Port of Kalama’s Transportation Interpretive Center opened in November, 2014. Exhibits track Kalama’s first inhabitants, the Cowlitz Tribe, and the settlers that followed over the next 100 plus years including renowned Oregon Trail writer Ezra Meeker. Displays illustrate how Kalama’s particular landscape gave birth to a booming transportation system impacting the area both culturally and economically— ultimately transforming the area into its position today as an internationally-connected community. The Interpretive Center not only tells the story of how Kalama was settled, but treats visitors to artful display models and replicas.
The Port of Kalama offers stellar riverfront recreational facilities, including walking and biking paths, playgrounds, covered picnic shelters and the tallest totem pole in the Pacific Northwest! The Port operates a 222-slip marina, and its public beaches are a southwest Washington destination for swimming, windsurfing, fishing and just relaxing.
Port of Kalama Parks
All Port parks are family-friendly, making them popular for large groups and events like picnics, soccer games and field days. The Port encourages groups to take advantage of the many amenities found at its parks and encourages large groups to call ahead to add their events to the list. Because it operates public parks, the Port cannot reserve event areas, but encourages interested parties to arrive early on the day of the event in order to secure picnic space.
Marine Park is a five-acre day-use park along the Columbia River bordered by scenic walking and bicycle pathways. Marine Park is also the home of the tallest one-piece totem pole in the Pacific Northwest. Public beaches accessed by this two-mile greenbelt are a favorite for recreation, windsurfing, and fishing.
Louis Rasmussen Day Use Park features playgrounds, covered picnic shelters, sand volleyball courts, horseshoes, tennis, basketball courts—all within walking distance of the City of Kalama.
Haydu Park is expected to be completed Summer 2015. When completed, Haydu Park will include 24 acres of baseball and soccer fields, a horse riding arena, restrooms, tennis courts, basketball courts, on-site parking and an expo area—allowing baseball and soccer teams to play simultaneously. Haydu Park will also include access to several thousand feet of Kalama River frontage.
Please call the Port office at 360-673-2325 if you’re planning a large group gathering.
To induce capital investment in an environmentally responsible manner to create jobs and to enhance public recreational opportunities