Fort Stevens – Oregon’s most desirable park (we think…) & our new home for the next 1.5 months.
We will be kayak hosting here for the next few weeks and are looking forward to a new park, new surroundings and new explorations!
Friends visited here earlier this week, tried to extend their stay and were told there were “no vacancies!” With the Labor Day holiday approaching, and a Civil War Reenactment here this weekend, the park will be very busy.
The Fort has over 500 camp spots (!) and we hope to get many visitors out on the water for their first paddle. Or two.
Many families camp here for their full two weeks – and make their reservations months ahead of arrival.
Currently, the park is filled with families and fishermen. The fish are plentiful now – salmon, including chinook – are having a record year and fishermen are up early to launch their boats and get fishing.
The park is home to Native American Lewis & Clark & US Military sites.
The military battery was built in 1904 as a defense against invaders trying to encroach on the West Coast.
A military cemetery may be found in the area – one of two still operating in the PAC North West.
The area is called the Graveyard of the Pacific as so many ship wrecks are found in the area. The Army Corps of Engineers built two long rock jetties to provide safer entrance into the Columbia River.
Railroad trestle built to haul the massive rocks used to created the seawalls…
And, of course, the much-photograhed Peter Iredale wreck found at the Park. And most-photgraphed piece of debris on the US Pacific Coast!