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Fort Stevens State Park

Restroom in Peter Iredale day-use area Restroom in the Peter Iredale day-use area.

About Fort Stevens State Park

Fort Stevens State Park is one of the nation’s largest public campgrounds and marks the site of a military installation once used to guard the mouth of the Columbia River. The fort saw service from the Civil War to World War II. Today, Fort Stevens is a 4,300-acre park offering camping, a freshwater lake, trails, wildlife viewing, and the Peter Iredale shipwreck. The park also includes the historic military area.


Upgrades are needed for the aging infrastructure in the campground. Work will include:
  • Updating the utility services in several campground loops.
    • Electrical
    • Water
    • Wastewater utilities
  • Adding a tent camping loop .
  • Replacing a 1955 restroom and shower in C loop.
  • Paving upgrades.
  • Replacing the Peter Iredale day-use restrooms with pit toilets. 

Short-term visitor impact

None during the design phase.


  • Early conceptual design completed.
  • Initial project cost estimates completed.

Next steps

  • Schematic design.
  • Detailed project cost estimates.

The current general obligation bond estimate is $6-8 million.

Last updated February 2023. Additional updates as information becomes available.

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General Obligation Bonds Overview

The 2021 Oregon Legislature passed SB 5506 that approved general obligation bonds to revitalize parks and campgrounds. The Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission approved a preliminary list of projects in November 2021.

This project is one of two projects at Fort Stevens State Park approved to receive funds from bond sales. The other is the Guard House project.

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