Boat Launch & Parks

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Boating

Boaters wishing to access the Columbia River may do so using the Port's boat ramp at Marina Park and the associated boat trailer parking area. All recreation users should remember to take care when playing in the Columbia River, be courteous to other users, and watch out for pilings, drift nets (during fishing season), and barge traffic.

For information on the Port's development and upkeep of boating facilities, please refer to the Marina Park/Recreation Plan Timeline.

Bingen Boat Ramp

Operating Hours: Dawn to dusk – daily

Photo of the Bingen Boat Ramp The Port of Klickitat owns the Bingen Boat Ramp and provides basic boating facilities. These include a two-ramp boat launch, restrooms, and a parking area for boat trailers. To see more of the Bingen Marina, take the virtual tour.

Learn about clean, green boating from the Washington Department of Ecology. Find out about laws, boat washing, fueling, bilge care, sewage and other important boating-related information. A Clean Boating Guide is also available and includes the U.S. Coast Guard's recommended best practices.

The following rules have been adopted by the Port Commission to ensure that everyone who visits and utilizes the Port's boating facilities has a pleasant experience.

Leash and pick up after your pet
PICK UP AFTER YOUR PET

Marina Park

Photo of the Marina Park This 1.75 acre park is located in the Bingen Point Business Park. It can be found at the east end of Marina Way and just north of Bingen Harbor and the Marina. Amenities include shade trees, lighting, parking, picnic tables, and restroom facilities (currently closed). The Port owns and maintains the park and requires visitors to follow the rules shown below. To see more of Marina Park, take the virtual tour. See this Google map for directions.

In the early-70s, this location was the site of the annual Timber Festival.

Sailboard Park

Photo of the Sailboard Park This 1.75 acre park is located along the Columbia River in the Bingen Point Business Park. Near the eastern end of the point, it offers a large, open area, access to the Columbia River, parking, picnic tables, and limited, portable restroom facilities. To see more of Sailboard Park, take the virtual tour. See this Google map for directions.

In the mid-90s, this location was the place for windsurfing and played host to the Gorge Games and several speed competitions. Today, there are many more areas available to windsurfers up and down the Columbia River Gorge. Yet the aptly-named Sailboard Park remains the quiet favorite of many beginners.

The following rules have been adopted by the Port Commission to ensure that everyone who visits and utilizes Port parks has a pleasant experience.

  • No overnight camping
  • No overnight parking
  • No firearms
  • No alcohol
  • No swimming
  • No littering
  • Do not dump waste into river/harbor

The Port owns the boat ramp and parks noted above and invites the public to enjoy them. However, the Port retains the right to bar individuals from them for the repeated or flagrant violation of these rules, illegal activities, or unsafe behavior.