Fort Stevens State Park

A turn of the century two story stone gun battlement with ramps and stairs.
Battery Russell, Fort Stevens State Park

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Lewis and Clark NHT Visitor Centers and Museums

Visitor Centers (shown in orange), High Potential Historic Sites (shown in black), and Pivotal Places (shown in green) along the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail


Fort Stevens State Park marks the site of a military installation once used to guard the mouth of the Columbia River. Today Fort Stevens is a 4,300-acre park offering a variety of recreation adventures including camping, beach-combing, a freshwater lake, museum, trails, wildlife viewing, and a historic shipwreck.

Situated inside Fort Stevens State Park at the mouth of the Columbia River, Point Adams has served as an important landmark for centuries. When Europeans first arrived in the area, it was the site of a large Clatsop settlement, and William Clark noted eight large houses on the site when they passed by in 1805. 

The area later became a Civil War-era military fort established in 1863. The original earthen fort was built to keep British and Confederate gunboats from entering the mouth of the Columbia River. 

After World War II, Fort Stevens was considered obsolete, and it was turned over to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for use as a headquarters in 1947. Then, in 1975, the site was officially designed a state park after being leased to Oregon State Parks.

Visitors can visit the historic Fort Stevens and Point Adams. The park’s visitor center and museum interpret the site’s long history. Tours through the old earthen fort and artillery gun batteries are also available. Those with a passion for the outdoors will enjoy the golf course, fishing, 15 miles of multi-use trails, and access to Coffenbury Lake for swimming and boating. Picnic tables are available on a first-come-first-served basis.

There are several camping options available in one of the countries largest public campgrounds. All campsites are ADA accessible and come equipped with a picnic table and grill. Yurts and cabins are also available for rent. Restrooms, showers, a playground, and a dump station are on site.

A day-use pass is required for entrance. For more information, visit the park’s website at Fort Stevens State Park - Oregon State Parks.

Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail, Lewis and Clark National Historical Park

Last updated: January 16, 2022