Ft. Steven's State Park
What a difference a couple of hours makes along the coast. We moved up to the far northwest corner at St. Steven's State Park. Even though it's fairly close to the ocean, the campground is surrounded by very large pines. There is no wind unless you are on the water itself. This is a very large park. There are over 470 campsites, yurts and cabins. Fort Stevens was once the primary military defense installation in the three-fort, Harbor Defense System at the mouth of the Columbia River (along with Forts Canby and Columbia in Washington). The fort saw service for 84 years, from the Civil War to World War II. Today, Fort Stevens has grown into a 4,300 acre park with lots of history, nature, and many recreational opportunities. There is kayaking on small ponds and miles of bike trails.
$32, Site H21, FHUs. I tried for months to get a spot here but like most other Oregon campgrounds, they fill up months in advance. Steve checked one day for the heck of it and found this site available for 5 days. Perfect!
Very nice campground. Most of the loops have quite a bit of privacy.
When you climb this observation tower you can see the ocean and the river.
Ocean to the left and right.
And further right you can see the Columbia River with the state of Washington on the other side.
The river is huge here and many ships come in and out frequently.
We walked the shoreline an enjoyed all the birds flying around.
Most of these were seagulls but there were tons of these little birds that had my attention.
There were almost no seashells, but plenty of dead crab shells and interesting jellyfish.
One of the walkway hikes to the estuaries.
There was a little nest of birds hiding under in one of the bird lookout stations. Funny, right?
Then we hiked along the ocean side up high on the grassy bluff trails.
Hardly anyone around.
They have a small population of Roosevelt Elk. Babies were all over.
On June 21, 1942, a 5.5 Shell exploded here. One of 17 fired at Columbia River Harbor Defense Installations by the Japanese submarine I-25. The only hostile shelling of a military base on the US Mainland during World War II and the first since the war of 1812.
Very cool. I know there are a lot of WWII history buffs out there. Anyone else know this?