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FORT STEVENS STATE PARK
FORT STEVENS STATE PARK

Phone: 503-861-1671
Toll Free: 800-551-6949
Reservations: 503861167129
Fort Stevens State Park
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Fort Stevens State Park

Fort Stevens State Park
© 2008 rick stasel - rstasel photography

website

Fort Stevens State Park
© 2008 rick stasel - rstasel photography

website

Fort Stevens State Park
© 2008 rick stasel - rstasel photography

website

Fort Stevens State Park
'Wreck of the Peter Iredale'
© Justin Gilles 2008

Fort Stevens State Park
© 2008 rick stasel - rstasel photography

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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).
FACILITIES AND ACTIVITIES OVERVIEW
Day-UseSwimming Beachyes
CampingPrimativeyes
 Electric Sitesyes
 Water/Electric Sitesyes
 Full Hookup Sitesyes
Camping
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.
Events
June 20 - June 21
249th Coast Artillery Corps, Battery B
249th Coast Artillery Corps, Battery B

Location

Fort Stevens State Park

Battery Russell

Time

Begins:06/20/2015

Ends:06/21/2015

Description

The 249th CAC, Battery B, reenactors will be representing those soldiers who served at Fort Stevens during WW II. Drills and camp life will be demonstrated throughout each day. They sleep in actual field tents and drive around in period jeeps; just the way it happened over 70 years ago at Battery Russell. Feel free to ask questions and spend some time listening to the big band music playing on the radio.

June 21
73rd Anniversary of attack on Fort Stevens
73rd Anniversary of attack on Fort Stevens

Location

Fort Stevens State Park

Battery Russell

Time

Begins:06/21/2015, 11:00 AM

Ends:06/21/2015, 4:00 PM

Description

On June 21, 1942, at about 11:30 p.m., a Japanese submarine surfaced just south of the mouth of the Columbia River. Using its 5.5 inch deck gun, the submarine crew began shelling our coastline. This type of attack hadn't happened in America since the War of 1812. Come find out the rest of the story through interpretive displays, and talk with a dedicated volunteer who is regarded as the leading expert on this historic occurrence.

June 27 - June 28
79th New York State Militia, Highlanders, Co. C
79th New York State Militia, Highlanders, Co. C

Location

Fort Stevens State Park

Historic Area

Time

Begins:06/27/2015

Ends:06/28/2015

Description

This passionate group brings to life the famous unit of Union soldiers who marched into many Civil War battles. One of their more famous commanding generals was Major General, Isaac Ingles Stevens. It's this heroic man who gave his life in battle that Fort Stevens is named after. Come out and see the dedication these modern day Civil War soldiers put into portraying the past.

July 4 - July 5
2nd U.S. Sharpshooters
2nd U.S. Sharpshooters

Location

Fort Stevens State Park

Historic Area

Time

Begins:07/04/2015

Ends:07/05/2015

Description

Living history reenactors portray a unit of men famous for their marksmanship during the Civil War. Camp life, drills, and rifle demonstrations make up the day's activities for these battle tested soldiers. Celebrate the 4th of July with the rough and gritty men of the 2nd U.S. Sharpshooters.

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Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
December 15
May 9 Very nice family park
Spent two nights here in April. We had made reservations, but on arriving found we were in a loop with many many small kids - we told local ranger and he directed us to reservation center where folks told us just to cruise around and find a spot more to our liking, which we did. Finally found a more secluded spot where we spent two delightful nights. Lots to do here - we hiked to the beach to view an old shipwreck and also drove to Fort Stevens and viewed extremely interesting military base - been here over 100 years! I recommend this State Park - but be prepared for lots of kids on bikes and skateboards.


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