Fort Columbia State Park is a 593-acre day-use historical park with 6,400 feet of freshwater shoreline on the Columbia River. The park celebrates a military site that constituted the harbor defense of the Columbia River from 1896 to 1947. The fort was fully manned and operational through three wars. The area was also home for the Chinook Indians and their famed Chief Comcomly. Fort Columbia is one of the few intact coastal defense sites in the U.S. The park provides beautiful views of the Columbia River estuary. An interpretive center, an observation station and five miles of hiking trail through mature forest are additional features of this park. Two historic buildings are available for vacation rental.
Summer: 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.Winter: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Vacation houses are available for rent year round.
Nature of the Area
WildlifeMammals Birds Fish & Sea Life? Bears? Chipmunks? Coyotes? Deer or Elk? Rabbits? Raccoons? Squirrels ? Crows or Ravens? Doves or Pigeons? Eagles? Gulls? Hawks? Herons? Hummingbirds? Ospreys? Owls? Woodpeckers? Wrens ? Sea Birds? Salmon? Sturgeon
Environmental FeaturesPhysical Features Plant Life ? Douglas Fir? Hemlock? Spruce? Alder? Maple? Daisy? Foxglove? Rhododendron? Rose? Ferns? Moss or Lichens
History of the Area
Fort Columbia is one of the few intact coastal defense sites in the United States. Fort Columbia was built from 1896 to 1904 to support the defenses of the Columbia River. The fort was constructed on the Chinook Point promontory because of the unobstructed view. Fort Columbia was declared surplus at the end of World War II and was transferred to the custody of the state of Washington in 1950. Since then it has been a state park. Twelve historic wood-frame buildings still stand on the premises.
Services/Supplies Available in the area ? Auto repair? Camping? Diesel? Fishing/hunting? Gasoline? Gifts? Golf? Groceries? Hardware? Horse rental? Hospital? Marine supplies? Overnight Accommodations? Pay phone? Postal service? Propane? Recreational equipment? White gas? Wood
Most services are available within a few miles of the park or in Astoria or Long Beach.
The park has 25 unsheltered picnic tables, available first-come, first-served.
The park offers an interpretive trail with information on various fort features.
Interpretive center: Focuses on fort history and early exploration and settlement culture.July hours:11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays,11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays-Sundays.August hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.September hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays-Mondays.
The Commanding Officer?s House is filled with era-appropriate furnishings.Summer hours: August through Labor Day, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays-Mondays and on special arrangement.