A Bit of Port History
If you live in Washington, chances are that most of what you eat, wear and use came through a Washington port. There are 75 port districts located in our state, and because of the work they do, Washington's products share a single market: the world.
In 1911, the state legislature authorized the Port District Act, allowing citizens to create port districts. Since that time, our state has grown to be the most trade-dependent in the union. And that trade activity is responsible for one in every four jobs in Washington.
But ports do much more than promote trade at our shipping terminals: they operate marinas, docks, airports, railroads, industrial sites, and recreational facilities. Ports bring economic development - investment and jobs - to their communities.
The port community is proud of its many contributions to our state's economy and quality of life.
The Port of Clarkston was created in 1958, which was 17 years before completion of the Lower Granite Dam in 1975. The dam enabled shipments of agricultural and forest products from the area. The Port of Clarkston is the farthest inland port in Washington State, located at river mile 137.8 of the Snake River, approximately 460 miles from the mouth of the Columbia River. Prior to navigable access, the Port focused on industrial development.
The Port of Clarkston's jurisdiction includes the entire county, but most of its activity is centered in the City of Clarkston adjacent to the Snake River on 120 acres of prime flat land with all infrastructure in place. However, this area has become nearly fully utilized. As a result, the Port is planning development of an additional 120 acres of land available for future development, in an area located south and west of the existing Port facilities. The Port of Clarkston is involved in marine commerce, property development (industrial and commercial) and recreation/tourism facilities.