Covering the most North Western piece of land in Oregon, Fort Stevens State Park is the perfect place for your next vacation! The park has countless adventures just waiting for you to discover!

This video shows our favorite beaches at the park, and a sample of the incredible scenery you’ll see while here. If you don’t have time to watch the whole video, here is a brief summary.

There are five beautiful beaches at Fort Stevens for you to choose from.

Peter Iredale Beach

On October 25th 1906 a four masted steel hulled ship named the Peter Iredale ran aground on a sandy stretch of beach named Clatsop Spit while trying to make the difficult entrance to the Columbia River. Today the wreckage of the Peter Iredale is still visible at Peter Iredale Beach in Fort Stevens State Park.

Some of our favorite things to do at Peter Iredale beach are:

  • Explore the wreck
  • Drive down and relax on the beach
  • Build a fire and cook out
  • Take pictures of the sunset silhouetted behind the wreck

Area A Beach

Just up the road from Peter Iredale beach, Area A Beach is an incredible beach that doesn’t get the crowds Peter Iredale beach does.

A short walk of the grassy dunes will deposit you at the beautiful beach, with plenty of space and seclusion for a nice, relaxing day!

There is also a great 2 mile hiking trail that takes you through the dunes back down to Peter Iredale Beach and the rest of the park.

Area B Beach

Similar to Area A Beach, Area B Beach is a beautiful secluded beach that you can expect to have mostly to yourself! Make sure to climb the dunes to enjoy the incredible scenery all around you!

The Beach at South Jetty (incorrectly labeled “North Jetty” in the video)

Built at the North-Western most tip of Oregon, South Jetty helps protect the entrance to the Columbia River.

There is a great viewing platform you can climb to view the jetty and the waves crashing against it.

You can hike out on the jetty if you wish but be careful! The rocks are big, uneven and the waves do crash over the jetty sometimes! Do not venture out on the jetty when it’s stormy. People have been washed off before!

The beach at South Jetty is accessed by a short trail from the parking lot. The beach is beautiful and rarely visited by others. There is also decent surfing and fishing at this beach so bring your gear!


Social Security beach (Area D Beach)

Easily accessible by four wheel drive vehicles (two wheel drive if you’re willing to risk it!), or by foot from the parking lot, Social Security Beach is a must visit!

The beach is on the other side of South Jetty, meaning this is actually a beach of the Columbia River and not the Pacific Ocean!

The beach stretches for miles and provides easy access to South Jetty. Climb the jetty for spectacular views of the ocean!

Social Security Beach is also very popular for fishing during the salmon run, so get your license and come early!


So why not skip the crowded California Beaches this year… and come enjoy the spectacular beaches of Fort Stevens State Park?! Please check out our other great videos about things to do at Fort Stevens!

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