Port of Grays Harbor

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

April 2014 - 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.

Friends Landing, a 501(c)(3), has requested the Port of Grays Harbor consider incorporating its 152 acre handicap accessible recreation facility, along with the 30-acre Sterling Landing site on the Wynoochee River, into the Port’s property portfolio.