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Pets allowed
Yes
Guided tours
No
Backcountry camping
No
Lodging
No
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From the Civil War to World War II, three forts protected the mouth of the Columbia river: Fort Columbia and Fort Canby in Washington, and Fort Stevens in Oregon.  Fort Stevens was the primary stronghold of the three, seeing 84 years of active operation beginning in 1863.

Now the 4,200-acre state park, located just outside of Astoria, is one of Oregon’s busiest summer recreation spots and hosts one of the nation’s largest publicly run campgrounds (the largest in Oregon).  Beyond the full service campground, the park offers plenty of activities: enjoy the 15 miles of open, sandy beach, swim or fish in the freshwater lakes, ride on the 9 miles of paved bike paths, hike on the 5 miles of hiking trails, discover local wildlife from several designated viewing platforms, explore a wrecked ship from 1906 or the abandoned Fort Stevens, and put it all in context with the military museum.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

High

Parking Pass

State Park Fee

Pros

Historic fortress. Shipwreck. Miles of bike paths. Campground.

Cons

Very crowded the summer.

Address

Kestrel Dune Trail
OR 97121
United States

Features

Campgrounds + Campsites
Showers
Amphitheater
Historically significant
Flushing toilets
Boat ramp(s)
Bicycling
Potable water
Picnic tables
Covered picnic areas
Volleyball
Playground
Bird watching
Wildlife

Site type

Full hookups
Cabins
Yurts

Location

Field Guide + Map

Nearby Adventures

Nearby Lodging + Camping

Comments

08/18/2017
So much to do at this park! We will make another trip soon and go camping.
07/04/2015
Kind of a different take on the 4th of July. Ignited steel wool inside the Peter Iredale.
09/11/2016
Fort Stevens is a wonderful park with so much to do and see. The Peter Iredale wreck was a magnet for me and I luckily got one clear moonless night to shoot it. Paddling Coffenbury Lake was very nice too.
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