Portland Spirit

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Phone: 503-224-3900
Fax: 503-231-9089

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Office Hours (Pacific Time)
  Monday - Friday 8 am - 5:30 pm
  Saturday - Sunday 9 am - 4 pm
  Closed Christmas Day

Mailing Address
  Portland Spirit
  110 SE Caruthers Street
  Portland, OR 97214-4513

Portland Spirit History

The Portland Spirit, Willamette Star, Crystal Dolphin and Explorer vessels are locally owned and locally operated by American Waterways, Inc., which began operations in 1994. The Portland Spirit company also operates the Columbia Gorge Sternwheeler and Locks Waterfront Grill in the Port of Cascade Locks, Oregon. We employ approximately 150 people seasonally.

The Portland Spirit offices, Caruthers Landing Dock and maintenance facilities are located just upstream (south) of OMSI (The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry) and Portland Opera.

Our People

Dan Yates, President

Daniel H. Yates


Heralding from upstate New York, Dan served in the U.S. Navy, received his Bachelor’s from Centre College in Kentucky and his MBA from the University of Virginia. Dan is a past President of the Central Eastside Industrial Council and serves on the boards of several other non-profit organizations.

Dennis Corwin, General Manager

Dennis Corwin
General Manager


A native Oregonian, Dennis Corwin has been with the Portland Spirit since the very beginning in 1994. Dennis studied business and music performance at Portland State University. He has been in the restaurant/hospitality industry for over 25 years. He has also performed in over 50 theatrical productions around the region with such companies as Portland Opera, Broadway Rose Theatre Company, Lakewood Center for the Arts and Portland Civic Theatre.

Armin Pinto, Executive Chef

Armin Pinto
Executive Chef


Armin Pinto has been with the Portland Spirit since the late '90s, beginning as a dishwasher and working his way through the ranks to Executive Chef of all facilities.

Jeff Caldwell, General Manager, Columbia Gorge Sternwheeler

Jeff Caldwell
General Manager, Columbia Gorge Sternwheeler


Jeff Caldwell is the General Manager for our operations in Cascade Locks Oregon, including Locks Waterfront Grill, Gorge Pavilion, Thunder Island and the Columbia Gorge Sternwheeler vessel. Originally from Southern Washington, Jeff is an avid snowboarding enthusiast.

Mindy Caldwell, Executive Service Director

Mindy Dean-Caldwell
Director of Product & Experience


Mindy Dean-Caldwell hails from the state of Iowa and has worked in the restaurant industry for many years. Now responsible for all customer service on board the Portland Spirit vessels, Mindy has overseen practically every job and level of responsibility in the service industry and enjoys enabling people to reach their goals.

Todd Bolger
Operations Manager


Kim Hall


Mandy Morgan
Director of Sales & Marketing


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