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
509-586-1186

Clover Island Plans

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

Renewal Progress

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.

2021/2022 Improvements Project

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.

Aerial of Clover Island showing portion of Clover Island shoreline before restoration.
North Shoreline Before
Aerial of a section of Clover Island's shoreline restored during a 2021/2022 project.
North Shoreline After
Clover Island Shoreline Restoration Progress – 5 23 22
Aerial of a section of Clover Island's shoreline restored during a 2021/2022 project.
Clover Island Shoreline Restoration Progress - 5.23.22
A section of the Clover Island Riverwalk Trail, extended during a 2021/2022 project.
Clover Island Shoreline Restoration Progress - 5.22
Aerial of crews using heavy equipment to restore the Clover Island shoreline as part of a 2021/2022 project.
Clover Island Shoreline Restoration Progress - 3.22
Aerial of crews using heavy equipment to restore the Clover Island shoreline as part of a 2021/2022 project.
Clover Island Shoreline Restoration Progress - 2.10.22
Aerial of the Clover Island shoreline restoration progress as part of a 2021/2022 project.
Clover Island Shoreline Restoration Progress - 2.10.22
Crews add rocks to the Clover Island shoreline during a 2021 to 2022 restoration project.
Clover Island Shoreline Restoration Progress - 1.20.22
Crews operating excavators to help restore the Clover Island shoreline as part of a 2021 to 2022 project.
Clover Island Shoreline Restoration Progress - 1.20.22
Clover Island Shoreline Restoration Progress – 12 07 21
Aerial of excavation work to remove concrete and debris from Clover Island's shoreline.
Clover Island Shoreline Restoration Progress - 11.18.21
An excavator operator loads concrete rubble into a dump truck.
Clover Island Shoreline Restoration Progress - 11.17.21
A rock-filled rectangular steel cage. The cages will line the shoreline to control shoreline erosion.
Clover Island Shoreline Restoration Progress - 11.10.21
Stacks of rock-filled rectangular steel cages await delivery at the rock quarry.
Clover Island Shoreline Restoration Progress - 11.10.21
Signage at Clover Island marks a closed parking lot and describes the planned shoreline restoration projects.
Clover Island Shoreline Restoration Progress - 10.15.21
Aerial of a section of Clover Island's shoreline restored during a 2021/2022 project.
Clover Island Shoreline Restoration Progress - 5.23.22
A family walking on a new section of the Clover Island Riverwalk Trail, added during a 2021/2022 project.
Clover Island Shoreline Restoration Progress - 5.22
A section of the Clover Island Riverwalk Trail, extended during a 2021/2022 project.
Clover Island Shoreline Restoration Progress - 5.22
Clover Island Shoreline Restoration Progress – 2 10 22
Aerial of crews using heavy equipment to restore the Clover Island shoreline as part of a 2021/2022 project.
Clover Island Shoreline Restoration Progress - 2.10.22
Aerial of the Clover Island shoreline restoration progress as part of a 2021/2022 project.
Clover Island Shoreline Restoration Progress - 2.10.22
Aerial of the Clover Island shoreline restoration progress as part of a 2021/2022 project.
Clover Island Shoreline Restoration Progress - 2.10.22
Clover Island Shoreline Restoration Progress – 1 20 22
A bed of rocks is added to line Clover Island's shoreline to control erosion during a 2021 to 2022 restoration project.
Clover Island Shoreline Restoration Progress - 1.20.22
Workers use heavy equipment to remove concrete and debris from Clover Island's shoreline.
Clover Island Shoreline Restoration Progress - 11.17.21
A pile of concrete rubble that workers removed from Clover Island's shoreline.
Clover Island Shoreline Restoration Progress - 11.17.21
Workers filling rectangular steel cages with quarry rock.
Clover Island Shoreline Restoration Progress - 11.10.21
Workers move rectangular steel cages after filling them with quarry rock.
Clover Island Shoreline Restoration Progress - 11.10.21
Signage at The Willows marks a closed parking lot and describes the planned Clover Island shoreline restoration projects.
Clover Island Shoreline Restoration Progress - 10.15.21
2010/2011 Improvements Project
Public pathway along Clover Island shoreline in 2010 before restoration.
West Causeway Shoreline Before
Public pathway along Clover Island shoreline in 2013 after restoration.
West Causeway Shoreline After

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  |  cloverislandinn.com

Exterior of Ice Harbor Brewing Company on Clover Island.

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

Exterior of Clover Island Yacht Club.

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

Exterior of Cedars on Clover Island.

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

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  |  cloverislandinn.com/crows-nest

Rollin' Fresh Ice Cream logo.

Rollin’ Fresh Ice Cream
Clover Island Lighthouse Plaza
Clover Island Drive, Kennewick, WA 99336
509-212-7571

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.

Highlights