willow grove park & Boat launch

In May 2016, the Port of Longview officially took ownership of Willow Grove Park & Boat Launch, previously owned and operated by Cowlitz County. The Port has always supported the development of waterfront recreation areas in the community, but owning and operating a park and boat launch is an exciting new endeavor for the Port. 
After a lengthy planning process, the Port has established new policies and a long-range plan to guide efforts at the riverfront facility. We have our work cut out for us, but we accept the challenge. A recent evaluation of the park and boat launch noted that the facility is facing significant improvements, such as repairing sidewalks, picnic tables, playground equipment, dredging of the boat launch and additional repairs.

Now that the ownership transfer is complete, the Port will undertake modest improvements to the facility to ensure that it is safe and functional for this summer's recreational use. Our Park to-do list is long, so please be patient with us as we work to revive this waterfront gem for the benefit of our communities.  


As part of the ongoing effort to improve Willow Grove Park, the Port of Longview Board of Commissioners is seeking a Park Host. The person selected will live at the Park in a designated RV campsite with full hook-ups, provided by the Port of Longview, for up to 90 days. Laundry facilities, a motorized vehicle and port-issued clothing will also be provided. In return, the applicant must agree to work for a minimum of 30 hours per week (Monday through Sunday) performing various maintenance duties and be visible as a point-of-contact for Park patrons to ask questions, etc.  

Qualified applicants must be 21 years of age and must pass a criminal background check. For complete details, please see the Park Host Policy located on the left side of this page.  

Applications are always accepted for this position and will be evaluated by Port staff on a continuing basis. 

  Application (Word)
Application (PDF)

Submit applications by mail, in person or by email to: 
    Port of Longview
    10 Port Way
    Longview, WA 98632 careers@portoflongview.com

how to purchase your willow grove boat launch permits


Day-Use Permits are available for purchase at the Willow Grove Boat Launch payment kiosk. Acceptable forms of payment are credit or debit cards only.

ANNUAL PERMITS - $40.00 per trailer

Annual permits are only sold at the Port of Longview administration building, located at 10 Port Way, Longview, WA. Cash, credit or debit cards are the only forms of payment accepted. A trailer license plate number is required for purchase of an Annual Permit. 

* Annual Permit fees may be waived for a U. S. armed forces veteran who was honorably discharged, a Cowlitz County resident and is 65 years or older with a service connected disability. A 30% service connected disability is also eligible for waived Boat Launch fees. Proper documentation should be presented at the Port office to qualify