Clover Island

Renewing an Urban Waterfront Destination

Aerial of the Clover Island Lighthouse and Lighthouse Plaza.

Clover Island is a mixed-use commercial and recreational destination located in Kennewick’s Historic Waterfront District. Port of Kennewick and its city, county, state and federal partners have teamed to add public amenities, improve the shoreline and create physical and visual access from the island to the Columbia River. The island now features an entry gateway, recreational pathway, lighthouse, public plaza and a collection of public art. More shoreline restoration and Riverwalk trail enhancements are on the way!

Visit the Kennewick Historic Waterfront District webpage to read the recently updated master plan and learn more.

Clover Island is also home to the Clover Island Lighthouse. Constructed in May 2010, the Lighthouse is a four-section, pre-cast concrete structure standing 62 feet tall. The fully functional lighthouse is a U.S. Coast Guard-approved Private Aid to Navigation (PATON). The lighthouse tower houses a white beacon that flashes every four seconds. The 15,000-square-foot Lighthouse Plaza that surrounds the lighthouse makes a great place for viewing sunsets, enjoying wildlife, holding portrait sessions, weddings and special events.

Today, Clover Island spans 16 acres. The island originally encompassed 162 acres, and the scenic pond behind the adjacent levee was the former Columbia River waterfront before the McNary Dam and levee system was built, which covered most of the island, impounded the original shoreline and formed that nature pond.

Historic Clover Island aerial map.
Clover Island 1942
Historic Clover Island aerial.
Clover Island 1953

Information for Builders & Realtors

Land for commercial mixed-use activities, including residential opportunities, will become available on the island for private-sector development following the completion of shoreline restoration work. Parcels will overlook either the Columbia River or Marina harbor.

Once available, sites will be listed in the Lease & Sale Opportunities section of this website.

For More Information

Amber Hanchette
Director of Real Estate & Operations

Clover Island Plans

The following plans provide the details for the renewal of the island.

Renewal Progress

Public pathway along Clover Island shoreline before restoration.
Shoreline Before
Public pathway along Clover Island shoreline after restoration.
Shoreline After

The transformation of Kennewick’s Clover Island is ongoing. Throughout the years, the Port and its partners have added public amenities and art, landscaping, pathways, a scenic overlook and constructed several new buildings bringing new jobs and business to Clover Island. The Port also rebuilt and improved the public boat launch and added paved parking and restrooms.

Currently, the Port is partnering with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, Benton County, City of Kennewick and Washington State Recreation & Conservation Office on a project to stabilize and restore Clover Island’s north and east shorelines and extend the Clover Island Riverwalk. This work will improve habitat for listed and endangered fish, beautify the Columbia Rivershore, expand recreational opportunities and support future economic development.

Other planned amenities include lighting, benches, landscaping, interpretive panels, and three viewpoints.

Planned Improvements

Recreation, Food & Activities

People enjoy the artwork and events on the island and spend time there boating, biking, walking, watching wildlife, fishing, and taking in the river’s scenic beauty.

Surrounding the Clover Island Lighthouse is the Lighthouse Plaza that serves as a public gathering space. The plaza features colored and stamped concrete, which emulates a beacon of light emanating away from the tower. Benches and landscaped seating walls provide quiet places to enjoy the waterfront. The plaza offers visitors 360-degree access around the lighthouse base and unparalleled river views.

Public artwork installations abound on Clover Island. Explore art on the island and in other areas of the Port district.

Exterior of Clover Island Inn hotel.

Clover Island Inn
435 Clover Island Drive
Kennewick, WA 99336
866-586-0542  |  509-586-0541  |

Exterior of Ice Harbor Brewing Company on Clover Island.

Ice Harbor Brewery
350 Clover Island Drive
Kennewick, WA 99336
509-586-3181  |

Exterior of Clover Island Yacht Club.

Clover Island Yacht Club
104 Clover Island Drive
Kennewick, WA 99336
509-586-9656  |

Exterior of Cedars on Clover Island.

Cedars Restaurant & Lounge
355 Clover Island Drive
Kennewick, WA 99336
509-582-2143  |

The bar area in Crow's Nest Bar & Grill at Clover Island Inn.

Crow’s Nest at Clover Island Inn
435 Clover Island Drive
Kennewick, WA 99336
509-586-0541  |

Rollin' Fresh Ice Cream logo.

Rollin’ Fresh Ice Cream
Clover Island Lighthouse Plaza
Clover Island Drive, Kennewick, WA 99336

Bicycle chained to artistic bicycle-shaped rack.
Puppy exploring the doggie water fountain on Clover Island.
A couple taking a break from bicycling on Clover Island.
Boaters at the Clover Island public dock.