The Park

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Enjoy a front row seat to one of the West Coast's most beautiful attractions, the Columbia River.

From Willow Grove Park (open sunrise to sunset) you'll see cargo vessels and tug boats moving goods from around the globe - this Park is our community's front door to the world - wave to our guests as they pass by! 

Whether you're on the water fishing or playing, we hope you enjoy the Willow Grove Boat Launch. 

The Port made significant improvements to the launch in 2016, including long-overdue dredging, ramp repairs and restroom upgrades. 

The Columbia River is the lifeblood of our community - not only does it support the related recreational economy, but it moves more than 1,000 cargo vessels per year in support of our industrial economy. 

See right column for Boat Launch Rules and Boat Launch Policy.

* Please note: Port of Longview Commissioners voted to waive all boat launch fees in 2021. Please check back with us later in the year for updates.

Willow Grove Park


In late 2013, Cowlitz County commissioners offered Willow Grove Park to the Port of Longview. On October 28, 2014, Port Commissioners unanimously voted to take over the 75-acre park on the Columbia River. 

Significant upgrades to the Park are currently underway, with more planned in the coming months. Acquiring Willow Grove Park fulfills the Port's mission to enhance opportunities for waterfront access.

This is the first time in the Port's 99-year history that it has operated a park. The state authorizes ports to provide public recreation opportunities, and currently, half of the 75 port districts in Washington do so.

The Port named a Park Advisory Committee, consisting of representatives from each of the three Port districts. The three-person Park Advisory Committee is tasked with making recommendations on park policies, comprehensive planning, large event applications and any incidents that may arise.

The 2020 budget includes $1,120,000 for capital improvements at the park, along with an additional $364,000 for general maintenance.

Supporting Local Launches

The Port had contributed nearly $1 million dollars to local projects that enhance waterfront recreation. As a business built on the water, the Port understands the need for riverfront access in support of recreation, commerce and emergency response.

Supported projects:

  • Al Helenberg Memorial Boat Launch
  • Gerhart Gardens Boat Launch
  • Willow Grove Boat Launch