Fort Columbia State Park is a 593 acre day-use historical park located at the Chinook Point National Historic Landmark and along 6,400 feet of freshwater shoreline on the Columbia River. Within the park are original U.S. Army Coastal Artillery fort buildings and batteries, active from 1896 to 1947. This area was also home to the Chinook Indian Nation and their famed Chief Comcomly, and explored by Robert Gray and the Lewis and Clark expedition.Want to support Washington State Parks? Get involved by joining a friends' group. For more information, visit the Friends' Group web page.
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.
Winter Schedule for all Washington State Parks
The Commanding Officer's Historic House is closed until further notice.
Japanese tsunami debris:
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for information on tsunami debris found on Washington’s beaches, what to do if you find debris and how to report it.
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The Discover Pass now can be used on either of two vehicles!Annual pass: $30
One-day pass: $10
(Transaction and dealer fees may apply)
A Discover Pass is required for motor-vehicle access to state parks and recreation lands managed by the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Washington State Department of Natural Resources. Exemptions:
Your purchase of the Discover Pass supports recreation on state lands. However, the Discover Pass is not required if you are camping or renting overnight accommodations, for the duration of your stay at that state park. For additional exemptions and more information, please visit the Discover Pass website
There is no camping at this park, but vacation houses
are available for overnight stays.
Located two miles west of the Astoria Bridge on Hwy. 101 in Chinook, Wash. in Pacific County.
Take I-5 south, then SR 8 west, then U.S. Hwy. 101 south. Park is two miles west of the Astoria Bridge in the town of Chinook.
Take I-5 north, then SR 4 west, then SR 401. Park is two miles west of the Astoria Bridge on U.S. Hwy. 101 in the town of Chinook.
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Fort Columbia is one of the few intact coastal defense sites in the U.S. and features historic fort buildings and batteries. The park provides beautiful views of the Columbia River estuary. An interpretive center, observation station, historic officer’s house and five miles of hiking trails through mature forest are additional features of this park. Wildlife viewing and picnicking are also popular activities. Two of the historic buildings are available for vacation rental.
As one of the few intact coastal defense sites in the U.S., Fort Columbia has the most intact collection of historic buildings of all Washington state parks. Fort Columbia was built from 1896 to 1904 as one of the harbor defenses of the Columbia River and constructed on the Chinook Point promontory because of the unobstructed view of the Columbia River. It was off this point that Robert Gray anchored and named the river for his ship, "Columbia Rediviva." Nearby the point was the Chinook Indian Nation village of Nose-to-ilse, and later the station camp for the Lewis and Clark expedition bivouacked on the point during the Corps of Discovery exploration.
For the duration of three wars, Fort Columbia was fully manned and operational. Declared a surplus at the end of World War II, the fort transferred to the custody of the state of Washington in 1950 and was then designated as a state park. Twelve historic wood-frame buildings and four coastal defense batteries still stand on the premises.
The Commanding Officer's Historic House is losed until further notice.
The park offers a self-guided interpretive historic walk with information on various fort features and site history. Interpretive panels near the gun batteries include historic photos and blueprints.
Focuses on Fort Columbia's history, including the topics of: early exploration, fur trade and westward settlement.
July and August hours:
11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday-Monday
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Commanding Officer’s Historic House:
Filled with era-appropriate furnishings, the Commanding Officer’s Historic House provides interpretation on the history related to the former house occupants.
July and August hours:
11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday - Monday
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• Horse rental
• Marine supplies
• Overnight Accommodations
• Pay phone
• Postal service
• Recreational equipment
• White gas
Most services are available within a few miles of the park or in Astoria or Long Beach.
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• Interpretive Activities
• Wildlife Viewing
Free days at state parks
: Visit Washington state parks for free. The Discover Pass is not required to visit a state park on designated free days.
2014 State Parks free days:
Jan. 19 and 20 – In honor of Martin Luther King Day
March 19 – In honor of Washington State Parks' 101st birthday
April 19 – A spring Saturday free day
April 22 – Earth Day
May 11 – A spring Saturday free day
June 7 and 8 – In honor of National Trails Day and WDFW Free Fishing Weekend
June 14 – National Get Outdoors Day
Aug. 25 – In honor of National Park Service’s birthday
Sept. 27 –National Public Lands Day
Nov. 11 – Veteran's Day weekend
Please note: A Discover Pass is still required to access lands managed by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife during State Parks free days. For more information, please visit www.discoverpass.wa.gov
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Picnic and Day-use Facilities
The park has 25 unsheltered picnic tables, available first come, first served.
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• Doves or Pigeons
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• Moss or Lichens
Park photo gallery