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Fort Stevens

100 Peter Iredale, Oregon 97121 USA

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“4,200 acres to discover history & nature”

Fort Stevens was once 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 was in service for 84 years, beginning during the Civil War and closing at the end of World War II. Today, Fort Stevens has grown into a 4,200 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 boasts a network of nine miles of paved bicycle trails and six miles of hiking trails that allow you to explore 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 neighboring, smaller lakes are great for fishing and canoeing. Throughout the year, you can browse through displays ranging from the Civil War to World War II at the military museum and information center, walk through 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. The park continues to have the longest running partnership with a friends group in the state of Oregon. 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.

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September 05, 2014
Rated 5.0

We really liked that ship!

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Joel Schat

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July 02, 2014
Rated 5.0

One of my favourite camping spots! the staff are super chill and always really helpful! It does book up in summer though so be prepared for that!

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Jeremy Cathcart

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April 22, 2016
Rated 4.0

We enjoyed walking along the beach... Saw the shipwreck but didn't spend much time there.

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Tom Saracene

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June 20, 2015
Rated 5.0

I've been to many state parks all over the country and this has got to be one of the best. Fantastic campground, beach, hiking, history...

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June 17, 2015
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Joshua Smibert

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October 01, 2014
Rated 5.0

When heading to Fort Stevens State Park you can simply follow the signs for the wreck and once you reach the end of a beach access road you will be able to see the hull of the old ship from your car. The rest of the beach is also worth exploring and during a particularly warm winter you might be able to find snowy owls hunting on the beach. So much fun.

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Fort Stevens

100 Peter Iredale
97121 USA

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