Our Coast Magazine 2018:OC18
FORT STEVENS STATE PARK HAMMOND, OREGON
etween the Civil War and the end of World War II, Fort Stevens served as the primary military defense operation along the mouth of the Columbia River, along with Fort Canby and Fort Columbia across the way in Washington. Today Fort Stevens is a 4,300-acre park offering yurts, cabins, and fully loaded campground, as well as freshwater swimming in Coffenbury Lake, miles of rugged coastline to comb, and much, much more to explore.
The beaches at Fort Stevens State Park are a popular recreation spot in the area.
FORT STEVENS STATE PARK, OREGON
Battery Russell is a popular site for visitors to Fort Stevens State Park.
ou can explore the remnants of the Fort Stevens battery, which for nearly 100 years was the first line of defense for the area. Large cannons that could blast half-ton shells nine miles out to sea were kept beneath walls of concrete and earth when not in use to conceal their positions. Fort Stevens has the notable distinction of being the only place on the U.S. mainland attacked during World War II when a Japanese submarine shelled the fort nine times on the night of June 21, 1942. Carved slyly into the slope of a hill so that its second-story roof is level with the plain and hidden from view, the old fortâ€™s barracks are still intact and the Japanese shelling caused no significant injuries or damage. During the summer you can take an underground tour of the battery and visit the old military brig as well.