Jantzen Beach Seaplane Base

Jantzen Beach Seaplane Base was a private seaplane base and airport located on Hayden Island in Portland, Oregon. It featured a mile long landing area on the Columbia River and a 3,000 foot by 300 foot gravel runway. The park was owned and operated by the Jantzen Beach Amusement Park. When the park was converted into the Jantzen Beach SuperCenter the seaplane base and airport were removed.

Jantzen Beach Seaplane Base
Owner/OperatorJantzen Beach
Amusement Park
LocationHayden Island,
Portland, Oregon
Direction Length Surface
ft m
5,280 1,609 water
3,000 914 gravel


C. R. Zehtbaur, vice-president of the Jantzen Beach Amusement Park, announced in 1946 that his business entered a long-term lease for a one-mile strip along the Columbia River. The park graded a 3,000 by 300 foot runway and built hangars, a ramp, a salesroom and a clubhouse. The cost of the seaport was estimated at US$500,000 (US$6,555,461 adjusted for inflation). Gary Safley, who was a retired United States Naval Aviator, joined the seaport staff as the clubhouse flight instructor. The runway complied with the Civil Aeronautics Authority's class two guidelines.[1] Western Skyways began offering flight instruction at the seaplane base in 1947.[2]

In 1963, the Oregon Department of Aviation unanimously denied a proposal to expand the seaplane base into a combined airport on a man-made island on the Columbia River. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Air Transport Association of America, the Port of Portland and Portland General Electric objected to the proposal, citing safety as the concern.[3]


  1. ^ "Resort plans air-sea port". The Oregonian. Portland, Oregon. 31 March 1946. p. 20.
  2. ^ "Concern rents seaplane base". The Oregonian. Portland, Oregon. 6 January 1947. p. 21.
  3. ^ "State board denies plea for seaplane island base". The Oregonian. Portland, Oregon. 19 November 1963. p. 12.