Marine Facilities / Access

Public Access Areas

The Port of Woodland has two properties along the Columbia River that allow public access for recreational use. Signs located at each property of Martin Bar and Austin Point indicate vehicle access areas, pedestrian access areas and areas with no public access.

During holiday periods of Memorial Day, Fourth of July  and Veterans Day as well as New Years at Austin Point will be further limited to provide safety for those accessing the area- vehicle access is limited and barricades and gates will be erected to limit vehicles accessing the area.

Map of public access areas

For those holding a current Port Pass from June 7, 2017-June 6, 2019 – you will be receiving a reimbursement check for the Port Pass as required by WA State RCW, the Port is required to reimburse each of these passes. In some cases, these reimbursements are a few if not a single cent. We understand that this may be frustrating to Port Pass holders, but was required. Those reimbursements should be out beginning of July and sent to the address per your Port Pass. Those that are returned, will be held at the Port office for pick up.

Property Listings

PropertyMapTypeLand (acres)

Austin Point

Property Details & Photos

The Port of Woodland owns 200 acres of prime heavy industrial property located on the banks of the Columbia River. Austin Point, the southernmost parcel and 7 miles from Interstate 5, has deep draft feasibility and zoned industrial use and is located within Cowlitz County. More...

The site is currently used for dredge disposal for the Columbia River on 20 acres of upland riverside property. In addition, the 20-acre disposal site is leased and managed by West Coast Training. The Port of Woodland Commissioners allow the public to access the beach area with a day use pass available at the Port office. Major shipping ports are located at Kalama (8 miles north), Longview (25 miles north), and Vancouver (25 miles south), Washington.

The site is accessible through a developable rail loop on the opposite side of Dike Road. The loop would connect from the BNSF amin line and dual served by UP and BNSF. For more information on the rail loop property connection to Austin Point, please contact the Port office.

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Austin Point
Deep Water Draft200

Martin's Bar South

Property Details & Photos

Martin’s Bar has excellent waterfront capabilities. The south site is currently used as a dredge disposal site for the Columbia River channel Deepening Maintenance and managed through J.L Storedahl and Sons. The site is approximately 5 mile from Interstate 5 off of exit 22 and Dike Road. More...

The Port of Woodland Commissioners allow the public to access the beach and waterfront for fishing, boating, and general recreational uses with a day use pass available at the Port office.

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Martins Bar
Economic Development, Dredging20

Martin's Bar North

Property Details & Photos

Martin’s Bar has excellent waterfront capabilities. Martin's Bar north site is zoned industrial but currently used as agricultural grazing site. The site is approximately 5 mile from Interstate 5 off of exit 22 and Dike Road. More...

The Port of Woodland Commissioners allow the public to access the beach and waterfront for fishing, boating, and general recreational uses with a day use pass available at the Port office.

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Martins Bar
Economic Development33

Austin Point and Martin Bar Industrial Marine Properties

The 200+ acre site is zoned for heavy industrial development since the purchase of the property in 1961. the Port has allowed this property along with Martin Bar to have public access into the property outside of mitigation and protected wetland areas with the purchase of a port pass for much of its ownership pending development. In 2008, a condition under the condemnation action in 1982-1984 for the rail loop property of no activity for 25 years, was lifted. In 2014, as the recession lifted and the economy improved, interest in deep water marine facilities on the Columbia River increased interest in Austin Point.

The Port communicated with Department of Natural Resources pertaining to an easement granted to the Port in 1980 for the rail line to connect to the main line across Kuhn Road to the Port’s rail loop property. That easement expired with change to Washington State legislation regarding easements for DNR. This required the Port to take further action to ensure that Austin Point’s options for industrial deep water development were secured as planned through numerous Comprehensive Schemes of Harbor Improvement documents beginning in 1961.

The Port of Woodland issued a Letter of Intent for the purchase of property referred to as “Kuhnis Road” from the DNR. The property totals 154 acres of agricultural land. The Port is seeking the property as part of the Comprehensive Scheme of Harbor Improvements potential site improvements and anticipates that the current agricultural use will be maintained. The Port Commission adopted Resolution #448 in regarding to any potential and speculative development concerns. The DNR has issued its SEPA Determination of Non-Significance (DNS) for the sale of the Kuhnis Road property. DNR approved the land transaction. An appeal was issued pertaining to the SEPA. Cowlitz County Superior Court ruled in favor of the DNR and Port (as intervener) on April 16, 2019.

The Port continues its long range planning of the ability to develop and lease Austin Point for deep water industrial development. The Port Commission is steadfast in its decision to not sell the property, to maintain it for industrial development and work with potential developers to provide public access as required in the State of Washington.

Request for Consultant Proposals

Industrial Site Development Austin Point Rail Design

The Port of Woodland is seeking a consulting firm or team of firms to study the feasibility of alternative design concepts that would provide necessary rail/road access and utility infrastructure for the future development and operation of the Austin Point Industrial Site, in Woodland, Washington. the feasibility analysis must include a description of permit approvals, entitlements, and environmental documents associated with each of the alternatives, any of which must be able to support a future heavy industrial park with access to the Columbia River. Preliminary plans, developed at a 30% level of design, must be prepared for the selected design concept.

Those interested in preparing a proposal may request the full RFQ may contact Jennifer Wray-Keene, Executive Director at jkeene@portofwoodland.com.

Important dates:

  • Mandatory pre-proposal meeting on January 6, 2020 at 10 AM at 1608 Guild Road, Woodland WA (Port Administrative Office) Attendees for Rail Design Pre Submission meeting
  • Questions regarding project or full request for proposal no later than January 15, 2020. All responses will be distributed by January 21, 2020. Austin Point Rail Questions
  • Proposals are to be received by February 5, 2020 by 5 PM. No late submissions will be considered.

Columbia River Channel Deepening

Developing a plan for the long-term maintenance of the Federal Navigation Channel

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and five Lower Columbia River ports are embarking on a joint environmental impact statement (EIS) and a long-term maintenance plan for the Lower Columbia River Federal Navigation Channel. The plan will ensure the channel, extending upstream from the Mouth of Columbia River to Vancouver, Wash., is maintained and operational at its 43-foot depth for another 20 years.

The Corps of Engineers is the lead federal agency under the National Environmental Policy Act for preparing an EIS. The Ports of Longview, Kalama, Woodland and Vancouver (Washington Ports) and the Port of Portland in Oregon (collectively, the Sponsor Ports) are the non-federal sponsors of the plan. As the non-federal sponsors, the Washington Ports are also responsible for actions that require compliance with the State Environmental Policy Act.

The Corps and the sponsor ports, with input from stakeholders and the public, will determine the best management plan for placing dredged material and evaluate ways to reduce the need for dredging. The planning effort will consider the natural resources of the Lower Columbia River while keeping the region open for business.

Vessels drafting the full channel depth carried about 11 million tons of export shipments worth nearly $3 billion in 2015. A well-maintained channel allows larger ships to carry significantly more cargo, supports regional and local jobs, and provides major and direct economic benefits and maintains local and federal navigation investments.

Please visit the USACE Channel Maintenance website, listed below, for further information.

Official Links and Documents