Port to Consider Incorporation of Friends Landing and Sterling Landing Recreation Areas – News Release

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Port to consider incorporation of Friends Landing and Sterling Landing recreation areas

Aberdeen, Wash.  –  Popular recreation areas, Friends Landing and Sterling Landing, in eastern Grays Harbor County could soon be the newest waterfront public access facilities managed by the Port of Grays Harbor.  At the April Commission meeting, the 501(c)(3) that owns and operates the facilities requested the Port Commissioners consider incorporating the facilities into the Port’s property portfolio.   Port Commission President Stan Pinnick requested staff to investigate the properties, review amenities and improvements associated with the sites, analyze the financial implications of the property transfer, and report back to the Commissioners at their May meeting. 

Friend’s Landing offers 152 acres of handicap accessible recreation opportunities on the Chehalis River including hiking, fishing, camping and bird watching just outside of Montesano.  The site features a 32 acre man-made lake, 1.7 miles of paved trail, a handicap accessible boat launch on the Chehalis River, and RV and tent camping facilities with full hook-up sites.

Sterling Landing is an undeveloped 30-acre site with a gravel boat launch located on the Wynoochee River outside of Montesano.

“The Commissioners and staff are honored that the stewards of these vital waterfront facilities feel the Port of Grays Harbor would be best suited for the long-term management and preservation of these waterfront assets,” stated Port Executive Director Gary Nelson.  “The recreational opportunities provided by these sites align well with the Port’s mission of providing public access to our waterfront and promoting tourism for the betterment of the region.  My initial thought is they complement our holdings at Satsop Business Park, but like every opportunity that presents itself to the Port, we will carefully analyze how these properties might fit with our mission and our business objectives.”

Port staff will be conducting its due diligence on both of the properties and the many public assets they have to offer.  Staff is expected to make a presentation of its initial findings at the May 13th Commission meeting.


Founded in 1911, the Port of Grays Harbor is one of Washington State’s oldest port districts and Washington’s only deep-water port located directly on the Pacific Ocean.  The Port of Grays Harbor operates 4 deep-water marine terminals, the Westport Marina, Bowerman Airport and numerous industrial and business parks throughout the region.  The addition of Satsop Business Park increases the Port’s properties to more than 1,000 acres of industrial properties and an additional 1,300 acres of sustainably     managed forestland.   Strategically located midway between Seattle and Portland and less than 1 ½ hour from open sea, the Port of Grays Harbor provides businesses a diverse portfolio of facilities. More information on the Port of Grays Harbor’s facilities and operations is available at www.portofgraysharbor.com.

Contact:  Kayla Dunlap, Public Affairs Specialist
kdunlap@portgrays.org or 360-533-9590


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