Established in 1913 under State of Oregon Statutes, it is one of 22 coastal and river ports. It was named for the Umpqua River which flows through the district and is the second largest river in Oregon.
The Port District covers 750 square miles – on the Pacific Coast between the Coos and Lane County lines and then travels east to the Elkton tunnel on Highway 38. The port district includes the communities of Reedsport, Winchester Bay, Gardiner, Ash Valley, Scottsburg, Elkton and portions of the Smith River area. Located on the beautiful scenic main north/south coastal highway (Highway 101), it is also the terminus of a major connecting road (Highway 38) to Interstate-5, providing excellent transportation access. Additionally it is served by an airport just 25 miles to the south.
The Port is considered a shallow-draft port and a navigable channel that is maintained from the mouth of the Umpqua River upstream to Reedport which is located at river mile 11.
The Port’s primary focus is economic development as indicated in it’s mission statement. The Port actively works with local businesses and organizations as well as federal, state, county and city agencies to retain and attract industry and businesses to the area.
PORT OF UMPQUA MISSION STATEMENT
- highest and best use of financial tools and assets;
- increased operating revenue sources;
- economic development to retain existing and create new jobs; and
- protection and enhancement of the unique quality of place and life for our citizens