Ports Generally

ORS 777.210
Port may engage in certain port management activities

A port may:


Establish, operate and maintain water transportation lines in any of the navigable waters of this state and waters tributary thereto, any portion of which may touch the boundaries of the port.


Engage generally in the business of buying and selling coal, fuel oil and all kinds of fuel for watercraft of all kinds.


Acquire, construct, maintain and operate sea walls, jetties, piers, wharves, docks, boat landings, warehouses, storehouses, elevators, grain bins, terminal icing plants, facilities for processing agricultural, fish or meat products, bunkers, oil tanks, ferries, canals, locks, tidal basins, bridges, subways, tramways, cableways, conveyors, power plants, power transmission lines, administration buildings and fishing terminals, and modern appliances and buildings for the economical handling, packing, storing and transportation of freight and handling of passenger traffic with full power to lease and sell the same, together with the lands upon which they are situated, whether held by the port in its governmental capacity or not.


For the public convenience and the convenience of its shipping and commercial interests, may improve all or any portion of the waterfront of its harbors, rivers and waterways.


Enlarge its tidal area, and construct, excavate and dredge canals and channels connecting its waterways with one another or with other waterways and the sea.


Acquire, construct, maintain and operate airports anywhere within the port.


Acquire, construct, maintain, operate, support, promote and invest in facilities and related activities for the propagation of fish in accordance with the commercial fishing laws.


Acquire, construct, maintain and operate facilities for constructing, repairing or maintaining any type of watercraft. [1971 c.728 §23 (enacted in lieu of 777.130); 1979 c.407 §3; 2017 c.165 §1]

Notes of Decisions

Authority to construct listed type of facility is limited to instances where facility relates to normal port activities. Harrison v. Port of Cascade Locks, 27 Or App 377, 556 P2d 160 (1976), Sup Ct review denied

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Wharves authorized by ORS 780.040 and 780.050, (1972) Vol 36, p 150

§§ 777.105 to 777.210

Atty. Gen. Opinions

The port's authority to interfere with the state's proprietary rights in its submerged or submersible lands, (1972) Vol 36, p 150

§§ 777.005 to 777.725

Law Review Citations

51 OLR 53 (1971)

Chapter 777

Notes of Decisions

Port district's power to formulate rules and regulations to prevent estuary and stream pollution within its boundaries did not give it standing to object to power supply contract between Bonneville Power Administration and proposed aluminum plant. Port of Astoria v. Hodel, 595 F2d 467 (1979)


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