Fort Stevens was the primary military defense installation in the three fort Harbor Defense System at the mouth of the Columbia River (Forts Canby and Columbia in Washington were the other two). The fort served for 84 years, beginning with the Civil War and closing at the end of World War II. Today, Fort Stevens has grown into a 3,700 acre park offering exploration of history, nature, and recreational opportunities. And you can help fund historic programs and restoration at the park! The Friends of Old Fort Stevens will run Wood on Wheels this summer, selling and delivering firewood right to your site. Check it out when you arrive! Camping, beachcombing, freshwater lake swimming, trails, wildlife viewing, an historic shipwreck and an historic military area make Fort Stevens a uniquely diversified park. A network of nine miles of bicycle trails and six miles of hiking trails allow you to explore the park through spruce and hemlock forests, wetlands, dunes, and shore pine. Coffenbury Lake has two swimming areas, a picnic area, restrooms, and a boat ramp (10 mph boating speed limit). Two other smaller lakes offer boat ramps for fishing and canoeing. Throughout the year, you can browse through displays dating back to the Civil War at the museum, visit the only enclosed Civil War earthworks site on the west coast, and explore the gun batteries. During the summer, watch the blacksmiths work, tour a rare 90-year old underground gun battery that served as a World War II command center, and take a truck tour of the fortifications spanning the Spanish-American War and World War II (tour available at a nominal charge).

Quick, easy, beautiful hike. Coming from SoCal my boyfriend and I had yet to be exposed to such a thick, green, wet forest such as this! Even saw a couple banana slugs! The mosquitoes were relentless, don't forget bug spray as we did! Only downfall to this lake was that it has been infested with blue/green algae and is now unswimmable. it would have been to nice to wade around in it with the dog. Still an overall great hike to experience a bit of the Oregon forest !

walking
18 days ago

went near sunset and it was beautiful

2nd time visiting. Able to walk around it at low tide.

hiking
1 month ago

walking
2 months ago

walking
2 months ago

walking
2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

It was a great trail, little wet, really the wettest part was the south end of the lake, after the water level goes down a bit, will try it again, the Dog had a blast, and the view was great.

Lots of water hazards and flooding making it impossible to do the full loop

road biking
11 months ago

hiking
Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Monday, June 20, 2016

Don't like that the bike trail gets locked at 6pm. We had to bike the 4miles around to get back to the car.