Sunday, October 18, 2015

Fort Stevens State Park

We enjoy Oregon State Parks. This time of year many loops are closed and there aren't as many programs, but we have found them to be uncrowded, forested and well-maintained.

Fort Stevens was a military defense installation from the Civil War to WW2. It is now a 4,300 acre park near Astoria with more than we could explore in our three night stay.


The sites at Fort Stevens State Park  are paved, treed, and well-maintained.  Though the welcome center is only open 0900-1100 at this time of year, the rangers were friendly and helpful to Stacia with the JR Ranger program.  The bathrooms and shower houses are the nicest we've seen in a state park. Our water/electric site was $29. We've found full hookup sites tend to be full - but we can drive in and find water/electric sites. My only complaint of the park is the trash/recycling was a .7 mile walk, which is hardly worth mentioning in the grand scheme of RVing.
We retraced the Lewis and Clark steps here, here, and here and could have spent several days more in the area exploring the expedition. We flew kites, climbed over the Peter Iredale Shipwreck and visited Fort Stevens Military Museum. There is MUCH in Astoria, Seaside and Cannon Beach we didn't have time to do - we're saving up activities for another trip.

 Fort Stevens State Park is a great launching pad into this area of both Washington and Oregon. The National Park Service publishes "Lewis and Clark at the Pacific." This guide is a WEALTH of information for exploring the area - both the Washington and Oregon sides of the river.  

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1 comment:

Wilma said...

I am enjoying all your posts about campgrounds and the areas you are visiting. Jean Kirkpatrick has several books about Astoria which I read a few years ago. They are very interesting, giving the history of these settlements.

When you wrote about Mt. Saint Helen's, I was reminded of seeing it erupt again on July 22 (I think) of that year. We were driving north on our way to Victoria, and noticed cars stopped by the road. We pulled over thinking they were looking at animals. As I opened the car door, I looked behind me and saw this huge cloud of ash and steam. We estimated our distance to be about 35 miles north of the eruption. We continued on our journey and watched the plume almost until we reached Port Washington where we boarded a ferry for Vancouver Island. (The five of us were on a trip that lasted 2 months and covered 10,000 miles in a Volkswagen camper.)

I continue to keep you and your family in my prayers as you walk through God's plan for your lives.