Fort Stevens State Park

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Fort Stevens State Park
4.5
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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VillagerRick
The Villages, FL812 contributions
May 2021 • Couples
This is a huge well maintained Campground with well over 500 (largest in the country?) sites. Our mostly level asphalt pad (loop M) was off an asphalt access road with convenient modern hookups that functioned properly. The park is heavily treed, so most sites will have no chance for satellite reception but there are a few OTA stations available. Know before you go, there is no Wifi - also there is almost no Verizon cell service available, and what little there is, there is less on the weekends. This seems to be a destination Campground for families so there are plenty of children on bicycles. Also they sell lots of camp wood for campfires (smokey if there is no wind). The local carnivorous mosquitoes were very aggressive even with the temperature in the low 50s.
Written May 30, 2021
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Dr. Tim
Marana, AZ5,139 contributions
Jul 2021 • Solo
On this visit to Astoria/Warrenton I drove over to Ft. Stevens a place where we camped in our motorcoach from 1998 - 2017. We always stayed in Space A-10 which fit our 40 foot Monaco motorcoach, had access to the southwest sky for satellite TV and was relatively sunny in case the sun appeared which can be rare. Ft. Stevens has many camping sites, but reserve months in advance since it is very popular. You are walking/biking distance from Battery Russell, wreck of the Peter Iredale, Coffenbury Lake and other fun sites. I have been to all 50 states and Ft. Stevens, the forestry workers and all the volunteers are second to none! My absolute favorite camping area! Make sure to camp on Labor Day weekend because there are Civil War re-enactments and a parade through the campsites hosted
Written July 2, 2021
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Elise G
Hudson River Valley, NY872 contributions
Jul 2021
So lovely to take a trip to Fort Stevens State Park. The waterfront was clean. It was so special to see the ship that ran aground, the driftwood and the flora that was growing at the shore. Our only disappointment was that we could not access the jetties as they were under construction. We found a way to travel along the fences and find remote places that the park had to offer.
Written July 10, 2021
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293janeg
Baltimore, MD533 contributions
Jul 2021
I am not sure why the even both leaving lot C open; when you get there the entire parking lot is surrounded by barb wire, so you can do nothing by parking in Lot C. Lot D was a little better but the path outside the barb wire is narrow and winding and eventually leads to the river. We eventually went to Lot B, where you could climb up on the dune and see both the Columbia River and the Ocean.

I am writing this review because while I knew that the observation tour was closed in C, I don't think that the park website does a good job of explaining just how much is inaccesible due to construction.

Obviously there are other things that people like at this park, but my son really wanted to see the Columbia flowing into the ocean, and ideally see the bar crossing.
Written August 11, 2021
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SnowyShasta
Portland, OR1,638 contributions
Jun 2021
This park offers a variety of things to see and do. It contains the northwest corner of Oregon, where the Columbia enters the Pacific Ocean (although we weren't able to find a way out on Clatsop Spit due to construction). There are also beaches, as well as a small lake and a campground. We spent a morning here seeing a few sites and hiking and enjoyed the visit.
Written June 21, 2021
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2NW_Travelers
Hermiston, OR96 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
A terrible waste of time. The Oregon state park service should be ashamed of themselves. The entire park is not taken care of, lacks safety precautions and is dangerous in some parts of the park. Walk ways, paths etc are uneven, many trip hazards. The Portable toilets are extremely dirty, many lacking toilet paper and are simply disgusting.
All of the buildings have been allowed to degrade with time and the elements. They are also overgrown with wild vegetation.
There are absolutely no information boards or placards at any of the buildings, or the ship wreak.
This leaves you with the feeling of having come a long way to simply see something with no context. In no way is it educational or even enjoyable because you have many questions but no answers.
Save your time and simply search for the photos of the park online. You might actually learn more and see more than in person.
Written September 9, 2021
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Kylet1975
Spokane, WA7 contributions
Jun 2020 • Family
Coastal batteries are always similar, but unique. Fort Stevens, the only battery to be shelled by the Japanese Empire in WWII via a submarine, is maybe more unique.

For a reasonable daily fee, $5, there’s ample things to see, learn, and explore. Plus, it’s got wonderful trails around the Columbia and Young’s Bay, making it a great location for a family day outing.
Written June 24, 2020
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Ken M
Dallas, OR61 contributions
Oct 2020
We were already caming on the coast, but decided to check out the camp area as well as a couple of the sights. We walked onto the beach to see the Peter Iredale ship wreck, as well as seeing Battery Russel. Both very interesting history. We'll most likely make it a point to camp at the campground as a later date. We went through all of the sites checking them out. Very park like and clean. We usually like a bit more privacy in our sites, but this will work. We needed more time to visit other sights in the area.
Written November 2, 2020
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Barbara S
Castle Rock, WA48 contributions
Dec 2019
My husband and I have camped at Fort Stevens several times in the past two years and it has become one of our favorite "go to" places on the beach. The park has a little bit of everything--hiking trails, biking trails, beach, historic monuments, the jetty, and one of the largest campgrounds in any Oregon state park including yurts and cabins. In the off season, it is easy to get a site on short notice, but for the summer season, it is best to plan far ahead to get a camping site. Some of the sites are very private and some are not. We love this park where we can plan a "stay-cation" weekend. However, nearby Astoria has plenty to offer with restaurants, museums, and shopping. The Peter Iredale shipwreck is still listed as one of the top sights at Fort Stevens, but not much remains now. However, the beach will always be there. Life is good on the beach!
Written January 12, 2020
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PandaHouston
Houston, TX6,203 contributions
Jul 2021
We drove to Fort Stevens State Park early in the morning from Astoria to visit the Wreck of the Peter Iredale and we also walked the beach which was pretty nice. We came on Wednesday, July 28 and it was low tide. Even saw a jellyfish. Had no issues finding parking and it was a short walk.
Written August 19, 2021
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