Wahkiakum Port District No.1
500 2nd Street, Cathlamet, Washington 98612
Dredging at Wahkiakum Port District No.1
Learn about our Dredge Project
In 2004 the channel entrance was dredged by Hickey Marina, they used a clam shovel to dig the spoils and the spoils were barged and belly dumped to an in land disposal site at Buoy 41, the cost was approximately $4,500,00.00 and that marina was not dredged at that time because the barge was to wide to enter the marina. over the years the shoaling increased making it impossible for the transient boaters to come and go in and out of the marina unless it was high tide. So after a lengthy discussion the Port Commissioners decided to purchase a smaller dredge that could maintain both the channel and the marina.
Wahkiakum Port District No.1 purchased the Dredge from Rose City Yacht Club in 2017. At a price of $20,00.00. The Dredge was barged down the river by Omega Morgan from Portland, Oregon in January of 2016 at the cost of $16,000.00 it was necessary that the dredge be barged due to the lack of free board and the chance of it sinking on the trip down the river.
We have a dredging permit for 10 years to dredge both the channel and the Marina.
Wahkiakum Port District No.1 Dredging 2019
Dredging in 2019 started November 1st, 2018. Our window to dredge out side of our marina is November 1st, to December 31st, 2018. January 1st to February 28th, 2019 is our window to dredge inside of the marina. This year we completed dredging to the allowed depth from Army Corp. The dredge spoils our piped to dewatering ponds located next to our RV park. Our plan is to fill in the three ponds with spoils.
Employing three local residents. Along with two skiffs and one tug boat. With approximately 1,700 ft of pipe. The crew was able to dredge the channel entrance to a depth of 10' to 12' and the marina to 7' to 9'.
The dredge and tug received a new paint job 2018 going from a blue to a wonderful red, white and black which are Wahkiakum colors.
Port District No.1 of Wahkiakum County Dredging Project of 2018
Video by Maul Foster and Alongi
About the Video.
video was created in 2017 by Maul Foster and Alongi. We have been paired with them since 2015. Maul Foster and Alongi was contracted by the Port for the purpose of applying for and acquiring the necessary local, state and federal permits necessary for conducting maintenance dredging of the Elochoman Slough and the Marina.
Due to no Spring Salmon Season hours will remain Monday- Friday
9:00 am to 3:00 pm March 1st -Sept 30th
WINTER office hours
9:00 to 3:00
(Oct.1st-Feb 28th, Monday- Friday Only)
*(or) Mail requested information to 500 2nd Street, Cathlamet, WA 98612
The Elochoman Marina is operated by Wahkiakum Port District No.1 a Municipal Corporation.