Fort Stevens State Park

  General Advisory 10/25/17
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Major Features & Activities:
  • Camping (ADA)
  • Reservable
  • Yurt (ADA)
  • Deluxe Cabin (ADA)
  • Hiking Trails
  • Dump Station
  • Picnicking (ADA)
  • Exhibit Information (ADA)
  • Wildlife (ADA)
  • Fishing (ADA)
  • Cabins/Yurts Pets OK (ADA)
  • Ampitheater
  • Beach Access
  • Bike Path
  • Boat Ramp
  • Day-Use Fee
  • Hiker Biker
  • Restrooms Flush (ADA)
  • Hot Shower (ADA)
  • Horse Trails
  • Open Year Round
  • Playground
  • Swimming
  • Viewpoint

 

Fort Stevens was once the primary military defense installation in the three-fort, Harbor Defense System at the mouth of the Columbia River (along with Forts Canby and Columbia in Washington). The fort saw service for 84 years, from the Civil War to World War II. Today, Fort Stevens has grown into a 4,300 acre park offering exploration of history, nature, and many recreational opportunities.

Camping, beach-combing, freshwater lake swimming, trails, wildlife viewing, a historic shipwreck, and a historic military fort make Fort Stevens a uniquely diverse park. The park also has a network of nine miles of paved bicycle trails and six miles of hiking trails that allow for exploring a variety of habitats including spruce and hemlock forests, wetlands, dunes, and shore pine areas.

Coffenbury Lake has two swimming areas, a picnic area, restrooms, and a boat ramp. Two smaller neighboring lakes are great for fishing and canoeing.

Throughout the year, you can enjoy displays ranging from the Civil War to World War II at the military museum and information center, visit the only Civil War era earthen fort on the west coast, or explore the many turn-of-the-century, concrete coast artillery gun batteries.

During the summer, take a tour underground through a rare gun battery that also served as a World War II command center, ride in the back of a period military transport truck and see the fortifications from a whole new perspective, or get a feel for what the inside of a military jail was like as you walk through one of the last brick constructed guard houses in the country.  For more information regarding these tours, please contact the Friends of Old Fort Stevens at 503-861-2000.

The Friends Of Old Fort Stevens is a 501(C)3, nonprofit group dedicated to preserving, restoring, and interpreting historic Fort Stevens. Funds earned by the Friends Of Old Fort Stevens are utilized to further enhance the historic areas of Fort Stevens State Park for future generations.

Campground info

  • 174 full-hookup sites (36 pull-through)
  • 302 electrical sites with water (11 pull-through)
  • Six tent sites with water nearby
  • 15 yurts (7 pet-friendly)
  • 11 deluxe cabins (5 pet-friendly)
  • Hiker/biker camp
  • Flush toilets and hot showers
  • RV dump station
  • Adult Bike Rentals

Universal Access
Four sites, eight cabins and 10 yurts are accessible to campers with disabilities.