At the tippy top of Western Oregon lays Fort Stevens.
It once was a military fort meant to guard Oregon’s coast at the mouth of the Columbia River. It is now a State Park with camping, lots of bike trails & history. It is also part of the Lewis & Clark National Historical Park and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Living in Oregon, we often have gray skies at our beaches. But, that doesn’t stop us from having a good time.
It is still a great place to build sand castles & watch seagulls.
The campground is in a lovely forested area. There are tent sites, full hook up sites, yurts & cabins available. It is a State Park so making reservations early is a must during peak season.
Top Left: We’ve seen a bunch of old military vehicles parade through the campground loops.
Top Right: We’ve also seen an illuminated bicycle parade make their way through the campground at dark.
Bottom Left: There are raccoons at the campground, but they have never bothered us.
HISTORIC MILITARY SITE
The fort was built during the Civil War and was active from 1863-1947.
During WWII, a Japanese submarine fired 17 shells at the fort.
Top: Battery Pratt
Less than 10 minutes away from Fort Stevens is Fort Clatsop, where Lewis & Clark stayed the winter of 1805/06.
Fort Stevens is a good place to learn a little history, but primarily we go there because it’s a great place to camp.