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Rotating image showing Portland District's dredging and survey vessels Our first mission, eliminating impediments to navigation on the Pacific Northwest's rivers, dates back to 1871.

 

We maintain safe and reliable channels, harbors and waterways for the transportation of commerce, support to national security and recreation.

 

(Click the images of our vessels to the right for the print-friendly .PDF version)

For more information

Contact us:

Phone: 503-808-4510

Email us about our Navigation projects

Check the weather

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Click here to expand contentClick here to collapse content  Before setting out, obtain the latest marine forecast and warning information at www.weather.gov/marine

Before you go out on the water, get the forecast and don a life vest. Click here for the YouTube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VKR9Vk5lftc&feature=youtu.be This video outlines the importance of accurate and up-to-date marine weather forecasts before venturing out.

 

Understanding marine forecasts is critical to safe boating. Weather and wave conditions can change suddenly, catching boaters off-guard and creating life-threatening conditions. Before setting out, obtain the latest marine forecast and warning information from www.weather.gov/marine or NOAA Weather Radio. Begin listening for extended outlooks with general information for the next five days, offered in both graphical and text formats.

Link to hydrosurveys

Our hydrosurveys content has been given its own page here:

http://www.nwp.usace.army.mil/Missions/Navigation/surveys.aspx

Fast facts about Portland District navigation

Waterways

  • We manage 485 navigable river miles in the Columbia River Basin

Locks 

  • We operate and maintain three of Northwestern Division's 10 locks
  • Our locks pass 10 of the 50.5 million tons of commerce shipped annually

Ports and harbors

  • 10 deep draft (greater than 14 ft.) ports
  • 12 shallow draft harbors
  • 12 large-scale jetty systems 

Dredging

  • Two hopper dredges: Yaquina and Essayons
  • Material dredged: 18.9 million cubic yards 

Using our navigation locks

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Navigation locks at Bonneville, The Dalles, and John Day on the Columbia River between Oregon and Washington at river miles 145, 191 and 216, respectively, will be closed for annual inspection, maintenance and repair as shown below.

March 2014 Navigation Lock Maintenance Closures

Project

Closes

Reopens

Bonneville

6:00 a.m., March 1, 2014

11:59 p.m., March 15, 2014

The Dalles

6:00 a.m., March 1, 2014

11:59 p.m., March 15, 2014

John Day

6:00 a.m., March 1, 2014

11:59 p.m., March 15, 2014

Point of contact for this notice is the Portland District Navigation Lock Liaison, Bill Nielsen, at 503-808-4332, or via email to William.p.nielsen@usace.army.mil. For a print-friendly .pdf of this announcement, click here.

Recreational vessels have precedence over commercial vessels for the times listed below. Recreational vessels may be allowed to lock through with commercial craft at other times, at the lockmaster's discretion.
Upstream Downstream
9 a.m. 9:30 a.m.
12:01 p.m. 12:30 p.m.
3 p.m. 3:30 p.m.
6 p.m. 6:30 p.m.
9 p.m. 9:30 p.m.

Portland and Walla Walla districts use the same recreational vessel lockage schedule for all eight Corps dams in the Columbia-Snake river system. Lockages outside the scheduled times (for flotillas or other organized events sponsored by yacht clubs, marinas and other groups, etc.) can be arranged with at least 24 hours' advance notice.

 

You may use the radio frequencies listed in our “How to Lock Through” brochure, or call the lockmaster when you arrive at the navigation lock: 

Bonneville 541-374-8323
John Day 541-298-9712
Ice Harbor 509-543-3231
Little Goose 509-399-2233 ext. 231
Lower Granite 509-843-1493 ext. 231
Lower Monumental 509-282-3218
McNary 541-922-2231
The Dalles 541-298-4007

All vessel owners and operators lock through at their own risk and must comply with Corps’ safe lockage requirements, summarized in our “How to Lock Through” brochure.

The winter recreational vessel lockage will be made during daylight hours only, on request, at each of the Portland District locks beginning September 16, 2013 and continuing through May 14, 2014. Commercial vessels continue to have lockage precedence over recreational vessels.  At the discretion of the lock operator, recreational vessels may be allowed to lock through with commercial vessels.

 

All vessel owner/operators lock through at their own risk.  Everyone in the vessel must be wearing a life jacket during  lockage.  Follow the directions of the lock operator when using the locks or when operating in the vicinity of the locks. The lock operator has final authority on the suitability of a craft for lockage.

 

Vessel owner/operators requesting lockage shall contact the lock operator on duty using Marine Channel 14 or call the lockmaster when you arrive at the navigation lock: 

Bonneville 541-374-8323
John Day 541-298-9712
Ice Harbor 509-543-3231
Little Goose 509-399-2233 ext. 231
Lower Granite 509-843-1493 ext. 231
Lower Monumental 509-282-3218
McNary 541-922-2231
The Dalles 541-298-4007

 

All vessel owners and operators lock through at their own risk and must comply with Corps’ safe lockage requirements, summarized in our “How to Lock Through” brochure.

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This brochure, How To Lock Through, instructs recreational boaters on using our navigation locks.
Willamette Falls Locks closed Sept. 20, 2010. Since then, the district hasn't received any funding to operate the locks for public use, and so they remain closed.

Hazards to navigation

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Coast Guard have authority to remove hazards to navigation from the waterways of the United States. 
Generally, the U.S.Coast Guard is the primary agency to identify and remove a hazard to navigation; however, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers may be asked for assistance. Either USCG or USACE may remove hazards at the owner's expense. Local port districts, city, county and state agencies may also take legal action against an owner for removing a hazard to navigation within their jurisdictions.

Authority for removal of hazards to navigation by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is referenced in Sections 15-20 of the River and Harbor Act of 1899.
Guidelines for coordination, removal of hazards to navigation, and cost recovery between the United States Coast Guard and the United States Army Corps of Engineers are found in the following:

 

Send an email with the subject "Hazards to Navigation," your questions or comments, and your preferred contact information to Hazards to Navigation Coordinator at:

DLL-CENWPHazardstoNavigation@usace.army.mil