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Fort Stevens State Park is a place where you could easily spend the entire day.
First is the Battery Russel and Ft. Stevens museum. If you have the option to go underground, do it! It is very interesting in the darkly lit underground battery.
You will see the Wreck of the Peter Iredale down at the beach. This is also a great area in which to fly kites, as it is windy almost every day of year. There are over 7 miles of paved bike/walking trails that run throughout the park. And it is the best place in Oregon from which to view the mouth of the Columbia River.
Coffenbury Lake is where you can swim, fish, kayak or canoe. Kayak rentals are available from Pacific Wave. It is a very scenic lake with many lily pads floating in the water. There are picnic tables around the lake that make this a perfect spot for a picnic lunch.
There is a neat bird sactuary, and the open water is a favorite of wind surfers, and parasailers.
At the very end of the main road is The South Jetty, where you are right at one of the historically most dangerous bars in the world. The waves crash right onto the bar that was built by trains carrying large boulders. It is beautiful to watch the stars from, and quite impressive during a storm.
Fort Stevens State Park is located in Warrenton, follow the signs to Fort Stevens State Park.
This is also a favorite camping spot for many summer vacationers. Make your reservations early for camping here as they book up fast for the summer months. Across the main road from Ft. Stevens is a KOA if you can't find reservations within the park.
For more information about Fort Stevens or any other Oregon State park, visit www.oregonstateparks.org
Wreck of the Peter Iredale at Fort Stevens State Park