Fort Columbia Historical State Park

Fort Columbia Historical 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.
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 5-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.
  1. Activities
  2. Vacation houses
  3. History
ADA Amenities/Facilities
  • Restroom
Picnic & Day-Use Facilities
The park has 25 unsheltered picnic tables, available first come, first served.

  • 5 miles of hiking trails
Other Activities & Features
  • Bird watching
  • Museum
  • Wildlife viewing
Interpretive Opportunities
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.

The Interpretive Center focuses on Fort Columbia's history, including the topics of early exploration, fur trade, and westward settlement. The Fort Columbia Interpretive Center is Open Daily July 1 - Sept 5, from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. 
The Commanding Officer’s Historic House, is filled with era-appropriate furnishings and provides interpretation on the history related to the former house occupants. The house is currently closed.

A World War II gun emplacement, Battery 246 at Fort Columbia, served as a Washington State Department of Civil Defense Emergency Operating Center from
1960 - 1970. Tours at no charge will be offered during July and August, Friday thru Monday, from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tours are provided on a first come/first served basis, with a capacity of 10 per tour. Tours are offered at the beginning of the hour, and the half-hour, with the last tour at 3:30 p.m.  For additional information, please call (360) 642-3029.