Coffenbury Lake is a 56-acre typical coastal lake, containing water of rain falls and snow that was trapped between sandy dunes decades ago. There are no inflowing or outflowing streams. Fluctuation of level depends on seasonal changes in the water table. The narrow but about a mile long, the freshwater lake is situated in Fort Stevens State Park, right at the mouth of the Columbia River. The lake was named after George Washington Coffenberry (Coffenbury), the first pioneer settler from West Virginia who became a four-term county judge for the Clatsop County just before establishing the Oregon Territorial Court in 1849.
Coffenbury Lake features with its a unique location in the coastal dense forest filled with a variety of wildlife. Around the lake, you will be able to find the squirrel, marten, otter, mink, skunk, beaver, and a wide diversity of birds. You might be lucky to see elk or deer coming from the forest to drink water.
Warm water temperature during summer makes the lake a perfect place for warmwater fish reproduction and, eventually, for fishing. Anglers can catch largemouth bass, bluegill, black crappie, brown bullhead, and yellow perch. The lake, also, is stocked with adult hatchery steelhead in winter and with legal size rainbow trout.
The water in Coffenbury Lake is warm in summer that makes it a great destination for swimming, boating, canoeing, and paddling. Motorized boats with a 10 mph speed limit are permitted (gas-powered boats are not allowed). There are fishing docks, boat ramps, a sandy beach, and picnic sites.
The Fort Stevens State Park offers nine miles of paved bicycle trails and six miles of hiking trails.
Coffenbury Lake Trail
The 2.4-mile loop trail around the lake offers is easy and no elevation gain hike. Start your walk either from the North Lake or South Lake Day-use areas.
Battery Russel Trail
The 5-mile loop trail from the Battery Russel to the Coffenbury Lake, then loop around the lake along the Coffenbury Lake Trail and then back to the Battery Russel. It is a moderate level hike with 100 feet elevation gain.
Besides hiking, fishing, and various water activities, the state park offers other exciting opportunities. Learn about the military historic site, get close to the corroded skeleton of the Peter Ireland Shipwreck, drive to the South Jetty parking area C to view the ocean and busy navigation traffic at the mouth of the Columbia River.
Region: Fort Stevens State Park • North Oregon Coast • USA
Operated: Oregon State Park
Access allowed: Year-round, day-use
Service: Restrooms, boat ramp, drinking water, garbage service, fishing decks, boat ramp, picnic sites
Walking distance: Short
Fees: $5 per vehicle
12-month day-use parking permit for State Parks
24-month day-use parking permit for State Parks.
Dogs: Must be on a leash
Usage: Moderate to heavy
GPS coordinates: 46.1842, -123.9568
Coffenbury Lake Facts
Type: Natural Lake
Elevation: 19 ft (6 m)
Surface area: 56 acres
Shoreline: 2.4 miles (3.9 km)
Maximum depth: 9 ft (2.7 m)
Transparency: 5.7 ft (1.8 m)
Festivals and Events
Civil War Reenactment in Fort Stevens State Park takes place at the beginning of September.
From the junction of Highway 101 and Highway 30 in Astoria, follow 3.2 miles to southwest to Warrenton/Seaside/Airport. Turn right onto Fort Stevens Highway Spur, then turn left onto Fort Stevens/Main St. Turn right onto SW 18th St, which merges onto NW Ridge Rd. Turn left onto Peter Iredale Road, then turn left and stay on Peter Iredale Road. Continue 0.6 miles to the parking area of North Lake on the left.
Address: 100 Peter Iredale Rd, Hammond, OR 97121
Phone: 503-861-3170 x 21
Fees: $5 per vehicle per day or 12- or 24-month day-use permit for State Parks
Dogs: Must be on a leash
Camping: 170 full-hookup sites, over 300 electrical sites with water, 6 tent sites with water nearby, 15 yurts, 11 deluxe cabins