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The Coast Region
Fort Columbia State Park
FORT COLUMBIA STATE PARK
FORT COLUMBIA STATE PARK
Fort Columbia State Park is a 593-acre day-use historical park with 6,400 feet of freshwater shoreline on the Columbia River. The park celebrates a military site that constituted the harbor defense of the Columbia River from 1896 to 1947. The fort was fully manned and operational through three wars. The area was also home for the Chinook Indians and their famed Chief Comcomly. Fort Columbia is one of the few intact coastal defense sites in the U.S. The park provides beautiful views of the Columbia River estuary. An interpretive center, an observation station and five miles of hiking trail through mature forest are additional features of this park. Two historic buildings are available for vacation rental.



Park hours/updates:

Summer: 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.Winter: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Vacation houses are available for rent year round.

Nature of the Area
WildlifeMammals Birds Fish & Sea Life. Bears. Chipmunks. Coyotes. Deer or Elk. Rabbits. Raccoons. Squirrels . Crows or Ravens. Doves or Pigeons. Eagles. Gulls. Hawks. Herons. Hummingbirds. Ospreys. Owls. Woodpeckers. Wrens . Sea Birds. Salmon. Sturgeon

Environmental FeaturesPhysical Features Plant Life . Douglas Fir. Hemlock. Spruce. Alder. Maple. Daisy. Foxglove. Rhododendron. Rose. Ferns. Moss or Lichens

History of the Area
Fort Columbia is one of the few intact coastal defense sites in the United States. Fort Columbia was built from 1896 to 1904 to support the defenses of the Columbia River. The fort was constructed on the Chinook Point promontory because of the unobstructed view. Fort Columbia was declared surplus at the end of World War II and was transferred to the custody of the state of Washington in 1950. Since then it has been a state park. Twelve historic wood-frame buildings still stand on the premises.
Camping
The park has no camping.


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Picnicking
The park has 25 unsheltered picnic tables, available first-come, first-served.
Nature Programs
The park offers an interpretive trail with information on various fort features.

Interpretive center: Focuses on fort history and early exploration and settlement culture.July hours:11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays,11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays-Sundays.August hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.September hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays-Mondays.

The Commanding Officer's House is filled with era-appropriate furnishings.Summer hours: August through Labor Day, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays-Mondays and on special arrangement.
Area Attractions
Activities Trails Water Activities Other. 5 mi. Hiking Trails. Bird Watching. Interpretive Activities. Museum. Wildlife Viewing

Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
June 22 Been there 3 times.. I tell others to go by Sharon D.
I have visited the park several times and find it well cared for, a wonderful example of what living there may have been really like. The displays of both military and family life is wonderful. Hope we can maintain it for generations to come.


Area Campgrounds

Andersen's RV Park on the Ocean
1400 138th Street
Long Beach, WA


Area Accommodations (over 15 miles away)
Oregon Beach Vacations - Lincoln City, ORCottages and Cabins
Oregon Beach Vacations chooses our Oregon vacation rentals very carefully. Each home is personally screened prior to acceptance, and we work closely with the property owners to ensure that every Oregon coast rental continues to meet our high standards. Each rental has certain amenities to make it special. You may never want to leave
Web Site: oregonbeachvacations.com
90.9 miles from park*
Ocean Park Resort - Ocean Park, WAHotels/Motels
In the heart of Long Beach Peninsula lies the Ocean Park Resort. Ocean Park Resort offers many amenities for this beautiful resort some including a Playground, Pool, Spa, Coin Laundry, Recreation Hall. When you stay at Ocean Park you will have many options on how you want to stay these include RV Sites, Guest Houses, Tent Sites, along with the very nice Motel.
Web Site: opresort.com
17 miles from park*
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Directions
Located two miles west of the Astoria Bridge on Hwy. 101 in Chinook, Wash. in Pacific County.

From Seattle:Take I-5 south, then SR 8 west, then U.S. Hwy. 101 south. Park is two miles west of the Astoria Bridge in the town of Chinook.

From Portland:Take I-5 north, then SR 4 west, then SR 401. Park is two miles west of the Astoria Bridge on U.S. Hwy. 101 in the town of Chinook.

USA Parks
Washington
The Coast Region
Fort Columbia State Park
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