Fort Columbia State Park (WA)
Lewis and Clark National
92343 Fort Clatsop Road
Astoria, OR 97103-9197
(503) 861-2471 ext. 214
WELCOME to Fort Columbia
State Park (WA)
The Chinook Indians knew the value of good land. With its prime
location on the north side of the Columbia River, the area now known
as Fort Columbia State Park was home for thousands of years for the
Chinooks and the famed Chief Concomly. Rich in game, trees and
defendable land, the site also had prime access to the Columbia.
Like the Chinook Indians, though, settlers saw the value of the
site for its harbor defense capabilities and created a military site
that defended the Columbia River from 1896 to 1947. Fort Columbia was
declared surplus at the end of World War II. It became a state park in
Today Fort Columbia State Park is a 593-acre day-use historical
park with more than a mile of freshwater shoreline, An interpretive
center with information on the Chinook Native American culture and
fort history and 5 miles of hiking trails through mature forest are
worth a visit.
Twelve historic wood-frame buildings still stand on the premises. A
Commander's House Museum, also on the premises, is filled with
It's open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Both buildings are open to
the public May 26 to Sept. 30. There are unsheltered picnic tables
perfect for checking out the sweeping views of the mouth of the
Columbia River, as well as taking a lunch break after a hike on some
of the park�s five miles of trails.
Other activities include bird watching, spying bald eagles and
ospreys hunting along the shore of the Columbia River. The woods are
home to numerous owls and woodpeckers, deer, elk and some bear.
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