Welcome to The Port
The Port of Whitman County is dedicated to improving the quality of life for all citizens of Whitman County through industrial real estate development, preservation of multi-modal transportation, facilitation of economic development and provision of on-water recreational opportunities. We invite you to explore our website and learn more about our port and the wonderful Palouse region we call home; a great place to live and a better place to work.
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The Port of Whitman County was awarded $1M from Whitman County’s .09 funds to design and construct a fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) network in five rural towns in Whitman County. Download News Release
Boyer Park update! For 2019 and all other future camping reservations at Boyer Park, please visit the KOA website here, or call 800-562-8753.
The Port is now accepting applications for its 2018 Professional Services Roster
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About the Port
The Port of Whitman County was formed by vote in 1958. The port's first major mission was to diversify the primarily agricultural economy of the county. The port has been growing ever since.
Law empowers Washington's ports with broad economic development authority to bring business and jobs to their communities. Almost every Washington port pursues an aggressive program of industrial and economic development to promote employment and otherwise enhance the economy of the district and state.
Ports may:
  • Develop lands for industrial and commercial needs
  • Provide general economic development programs
  • Buy lease and sell property
  • Provide air and water pollution control works
  • Operate trade centers and export trading companies
  • Establish and operate foreign trade zones
  • Build telecommunications infrastructure and provide wholesale telecommunications services
Mission
The Port of Whitman County is dedicated to improving the quality of life for all citizens of Whitman County through industrial real estate development, preservation of multi-modal transportation, facilitation of economic development and provision of on-water recreational opportunities.
Telecommunications
In the mid-1990s, port commission and staff had a dream to facilitate high bandwidth internet access throughout Whitman County. Today, after legislative changes and strategic thinking on the part of our commissioners and staff, the port has built out over 175 miles of dark fiber in a network ranging from the City of Spokane in the north to the City of Clarkston to the south, facilitating competitive pricing and services to port tenants and businesses of Whitman County.

RCWs 53.08.005, 53.08.370, and 53.08.380 allow Ports and PUDs to build telecommunications infrastructure and offer it wholesale to service providers. Since May of 2000, the Port has partnered with multiple telecommunications carriers that are providing broadband choices to businesses countywide. The Port has communicated its willingness to partner with local and regional carriers and continues to look for creative ways to develop infrastructure, form partnerships, and link networks in order to provide affordable, state-of-the-art telecommunications opportunities.
Southeast Washington Economic Development Association
SEWEDA (Southeast Washington Economic Development Association) acts as the ADO (associate development organization) for Whitman, Asotin, Garfield and Columbia Counties and is the lead agency in each county for economic development. An ADO is designated by the board of county commissioners or the county council.

SEWEDA works in partnership with the Whitman County Commissioners and the Washington State Department of Commerce.
  • Business Planning
  • Entrepreneur Development
  • Export Assistance
  • Community Development Grant Opportunities
  • Workforce Development
  • Government Contract Procurement
  • Program and Project Development
SEWEDA Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy 2018


The Whitman County Managing Director of SEWEDA is Sarah McKnight and she may be reached at 509-288-1317 or at whitman@seweda.org
The Port and Recreation
A Port district may construct, improve, maintain, and operate public park and recreation facilities when such facilities are necessary to more fully utilize boat landings, harbors, wharves ad piers, land, and water passenger and transfer terminals, waterways, and other port facilities authorized by law pursuant to the port's comprehensive plan of harbor improvements and industrial development.
Boyer Park & Marina

Just a short ride from Pullman or Colfax through the scenic Palouse farm country (driving directions), you will find Boyer Park and Marina, a 56 acre full service marina and campground on the scenic Snake River. From the awe inspiring views from the top of Almota grade to green shady lawns and campsites in the park istelf, Boyer Park is truly an oasis on the Snake.
Boyer Park features long term or transient boat moorage, shaded campsites for RV's with full and partial hookups, camp cabins, a small on-site motel and tent sites, meeting a wide spectrum of camping and moorage needs.

Click to download a printable map of the campgrounds and marina.

The Park has an onsite convenience store, restaurant, laundry room, restrooms, shower facilities and a good-sized swimming beach. Boat gas is available from a floating fuel dock.
Eat lunch under the shady picnic shelter with a great view of the marina and majestic basalt cliffs of the Snake River Canyon. Too hot to stay in the campground? Boyer also features four comfortable motel rooms with air conditioning, private baths and televisions.
The park also boasts the 3.5 mile Snake River Trail, a pedestrian and bike trail that stretches from historic Almota Creek, through Boyer Park and on to the base of Lower Granite Lock and Dam. Sit on a bench or at a picnic shelter and watch the river, observe the native wildlife, birds, and enjoy the view of the Lower Granite Lock and Dam while enjoying the peace and quiet of a walk on the trail.
Come visit us this year at scenic Boyer Park and Marina, truly an oasis on the Snake. For reservations and other park information, please Click here or call 800-562-8753.
News & Events
Boyer Park
Save the date for the 2020 Snake River Family Festival!
Saturday, May 30, 2020
11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Boyer Park & Marina, Colfax, WA
Boyer Park
The Port of Whitman County was awarded $1 million from Whitman County’s .09 funds to design and construct a fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) network in five rural towns in Whitman County.
Contacting the Port
509-397-3791
1-800-535-7678
509-397-4758
The Port of Whitman County
302 N. Mill Street
Colfax, WA 99111
The Port offices are open
Monday thru Friday
7:30 am to 4:30 pm
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