Fort Stevens State Park

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Fort Stevens State Park

Oregon

(503) 861-1671

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Things To Do

Overview

Fort Stevens was the primary military defense installation in the three fort Harbor Defense System at the mouth of the Columbia River (Forts Canby and Columbia in Washington were the other two). The fort served for 84 years, beginning with the Civil War and closing at the end of World War II. Today, Fort Stevens has grown into a 3,700 acre park offering exploration of history, nature, and recreational opportunities. And you can help fund historic programs and restoration at the park! The Friends of Old Fort Stevens will run Wood on Wheels this summer, selling and delivering firewood right to your site. Check it out when you arrive! Camping, beachcombing, freshwater lake swimming, trails, wildlife viewing, an historic shipwreck and an historic military area make Fort Stevens a uniquely diversified park. A network of nine miles of bicycle trails and six miles of hiking trails allow you to explore the park through spruce and hemlock forests, wetlands, dunes, and shore pine. Coffenbury Lake has two swimming areas, a picnic area, restrooms, and a boat ramp (10 mph boating speed limit). Two other smaller lakes offer boat ramps for fishing and canoeing. Throughout the year, you can browse through displays dating back to the Civil War at the museum, visit the only enclosed Civil War earthworks site on the west coast, and explore the gun batteries. During the summer, watch the blacksmiths work, tour a rare 90-year old underground gun battery that served as a World War II command center, and take a truck tour of the fortifications spanning the Spanish-American War and World War II (tour available at a nominal charge).

Map of Fort Stevens (OR)

Latitude, Longitude: 46.184178, -123.956976

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Activities

  • Boating

    Coffenbury Lake offers a small boat ramp and there is a 10 mph boating speed limit for the area. Two other smaller lakes offer boat ramps for fishing and canoeing.

  • Bicycling

    A network of nine miles of bicycle trails allow you to explore the park through spruce and hemlock forests, wetlands, dunes, and shore pine.

  • Camping

    19 tent (maximum site 50 feet); 15 yurts; hiker/biker camping by request. For information only, (503) 861-1671 or (800) 551-6949. To make reservations, call (800) 452-5687.

  • Fishing

    Coffenbury Lake has two swimming areas, a picnic area, restrooms, and a boat ramp (10 mph boating speed limit). Two other smaller lakes offer boat ramps for fishing and canoeing.

  • Hiking

    A network of six miles of hiking trails allow you to explore the park through spruce and hemlock forests, wetlands, dunes, and shore pine.

  • Historic Sites

    Fort Stevens was the primary military defense installation in the three fort Harbor Defense System at the mouth of the Columbia River (Forts Canby and Columbia in Washington were the other two). The fort served for 84 years, beginning with the Civil War and closing at the end of World War II. Today, Fort Stevens has grown into a 3,700 acre park offering exploration of history, nature, and recreational opportunities. Throughout the year, you can browse through displays dating back to the Civil War at the museum, visit the only enclosed Civil War earthworks site on the west coast, and explore the gun batteries. During the summer, watch the blacksmiths work, tour a rare 90-year old underground gun battery that served as a World War II command center, and take a truck tour of the fortifications spanning the Spanish-American War and World War II (tour available at a nominal charge).

    Fort Stevens Historic Area Military Museum Open 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

    Army Truck Tours Mon-Thurs; 12:30 p.m. & 2:30 p.m. Fri.-Sun. 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., & 4 p.m.

    Underground Battery Mishler Tours Thurs.-Mon.; 12:30 p.m. & 2:30 p.m.

    Post Guardhouse Open 12 p.m. 4 p.m., Fri.-Tues. Free.

  • Horseback Riding

    A network of nine miles of bicycle trails and six miles of hiking trails allow you to explore the park through spruce and hemlock forests, wetlands, dunes, and shore pine.

  • Picnicking

    Coffenbury Lake has a large picnic area situated close to restrooms. It is also located nearby the boating area as well.

  • RVing

    During Discovery Season (October 1 to April 30), Fort Stevens has a limited amount of campsites available through the reservation system. RNW may not have all campsites available for reservations, but Fort Stevens will have campsites available on a first-come, first-served or drop-in basis. Additional loops will be opened, as necessary, to accommodate arriving campers. 174 full hookup, 302 electrical. For information only, (503) 861-1671 or (800) 551-6949. To make reservations, call (800) 452-5687.

  • Water Sports

    Coffenbury Lake has two swimming areas.

Seasonality/Weather

Located on the border of Oregon and Washington,

Park Partners

Friends of Old Fort Stevens

The Friends Of Old Fort Stevens, Inc., is a nonprofit corporation with an IRS 501(C)3 status. This means that all donations my be tax deductible (please check with your accountant). Funds, including those that are earned by the Friends Of Old Fort Stevens are used to enhance historical Fort Stevens State Park. The mission of the Friends is to support Oregon State Parks in the interpretation of Fort Stevens history and in the preservation of its artifacts.

(503) 861-1470

Directions

Driving

Off US 101, 10 miles west of Astoria.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(503) 861-1671

Campground reservations

(800) 551-6949

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