In June 2013, The Port of Quincy was approached by Dave Bishop to see if the Port would be interested in purchasing his property located on the cliffs above the Columbia River; it is bordered by lands owned by Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, The Bureau of Reclamation, and The Bureau of Land Management. Over the years, Mr. Bishop has allowed people to use his property to access the public use properties bordering his place for hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding with some great vistas of the area.
- Massive basalt cliffs and the lava flows eroded by ancient glacial floodwaters (Ice Age Floods) provide many geological and paleontological educational opportunities.
- Flora and fauna – prime wildlife watching areas and shrub steppe and other desert vegetation, including a rare and special cactus of the eastern Washington basalts (Pediocactus nigrispinus).
- Fishing opportunities – a pond on the property, and also access to Ancient Lakes.
- Bird watching areas – it is in an important waterfowl breeding area and is in the Pacific Flyway, which is a key migratory bird route.
- Astronomy opportunities because it is isolated with no light pollution.
Dave was ready to “retire”, but did not want to sell to someone that would no longer permit use of the property for access to the public lands. He passionately believes the beauty of the area should be enjoyed by as many people as possible.
The Port of Quincy entered into an agreement with him to check into the feasibility of taking on the property. Public Hearings were held and a survey was conducted to get public feedback to find out who was using the property and what they wanted to see for improvements. As a result of the feedback, it was determined that current users like the natural feel of the place and want only minimal improvements – specifically, horseback riders would like to have a “high-line” for tethering the horses, water, and more parking; others suggested some type of restroom and water. None of the respondents said the Port should not take on this project.
We would value any type of input from citizens and colleges that have an interest in assisting our potential development.
There is a $5.00 fee per person, per night.