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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are following guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local public health authorities. Please read on to learn more about current closures and what is currently accessible at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site (NHS).

Current Conditions

Updated June 8, 2020

Beginning Tuesday, June 9, Fort Vancouver NHS will reopen access to:

  • Parking lots and park road.

In addition, entry fees are waived, and the following spaces continue to be available:

  • Grounds and trails.

With public health in mind, the following facilities remain closed at this time:

  • Visitor Center and adjacent playground, Pearson Air Museum, reconstructed Fort Vancouver in Vancouver, Washington.
  • Barclay House at the McLoughlin House Unit located in Oregon City, Oregon (the McLoughlin House remains closed for rehabilitation).

Visitation Guidance Update

Updated June 8, 2020

If you are planning to spend time on the grounds of the national park, for your safety and the safety of others, do the following:

  • Do not visit the park, if you are ill.

  • Follow Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance on personal hygiene prior to visiting parks or trails.

  • Park furnishings (playground, picnic tables, benches, garbage cans) are not regularly sanitized at this time. If that becomes available, sanitizing schedules will be posted. We recommend you clean the space you are using prior to using it.

  • Use of walking paths, open play space and trails is encouraged. As always, wash your hands after playing at the park.

  • Limit size of social gatherings to follow state guidance. Maintain proper social distance (six feet) at all times.

  • Public facilities (including restrooms and water fountains) are not available at this time. We recommend using the restroom at home and bringing a water bottle.

  • Share walking paths and trails, alert others to your presence as you pass.

  • Observe CDC’s minimum recommended social distancing of six feet from other people at all times, including between children who do not live in the same household.

  • If these recommendations are not possible, visitors should find an alternate location or leave the park.

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Read the latest news releases from the park, find out how to follow us on social media, and read about past years' accomplishments in our Superintendent's Annual Reports.

Photos & Multimedia

Fort Vancouver National Historic Site is a scenic and fascinating place to experience history! See photographs, listen to our podcast, and take a virtual tour.

History & Culture

Discover the people who have shaped this place, and take a peek into the park's vast museum collection.


Even an urban national park like Fort Vancouver National Historic Site can be home to an array of animal and plant life! Learn more about the cultural and natural landscape here.


Through curriculum materials, field trips, and field schools, Fort Vancouver National Historic Site transforms into a classroom for students of all ages!

Kids & Youth

Earn your Junior Ranger badge while visiting Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, and learn more about our Youth Volunteer Program.


Learn more about our staff and offices, park statistics, and the laws and policies that help us manage this unit of the National Park System.


From National Monument to National Historic Site

Fort Vancouver National Monument was established on June 19, 1948 "to preserve as a national monument the site of the original Hudson's Bay stockade (of Fort Vancouver) and sufficient surrounding land to preserve the historical features of the area" for "the benefit of the people of the United States." The Department of the Interior report on the legislation further stated that the lands so dedicated should fulfill "two essential requirements—the preservation of the historic stockade…and the preservation of the historic parade ground of the later United States Army Post."
To improve the conditions for achieving the legislative requirements of the park, Congress passed an act June 30, 1961 (75 Stat. 196), enlarging the boundaries of Fort Vancouver and redesignating the national monument as a national historic site.
In September 2011, the U.S. Army ceased its operations at East and South Vancouver Barracks, and on May 22, 2012, the U.S. Army relinquished ownership to the National Park Service, in accordance with the 1961 legislation that expanded the boundaries of Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, and with the USDOD 2005 Base Closure and Realignment (BRAC) Commission recommendations.

Purpose of Fort Vancouver National Historic Site

As interpreted though enabling legislation, the purpose of Fort Vancouver National Historic Site is to preserve and interpret the following:

  • The site of the nineteenth century Hudson's Bay Company's activities;
  • Settlement of the Oregon Country (became Oregon Territory in 1848);
  • The establishment of the U.S. Army's Vancouver Barracks.

Last updated: June 8, 2020

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