Coffenbury Lake – Swimming, Hiking & Fishing

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Coffenbury lake

Coffenbury Lake

Coffenbury Lake Fishing

Coffenbury Lake Trail

Coffenbury Lake is a fifty-acre freshwater lake, located 10 miles west of Astoria< in Fort Stevens State Park. This is a typical coastal lake that was formed decades ago between dunes by receiving its water from rain, snow, and irrigation. The 1-mile long lake does not have any inlets or outlets.

Fort Stevens is a part of Lewis and Clark National Historical Park. Previously, the site served as the military defense fort at the mouth of the Columbia River. Today, the 4,300-acre Fort Stevens State Park features the military defense installation with the old artillery bunkers and weapons exhibits, the freshwater swimmable and fishable lake, the largest in Oregon campground, picnic areas, a broad beach, the skeleton of the Peter Iredale shipwreck, and well-maintained trails through the beautiful coastal forest with alder, spruce, shore pines, Scotch broom, and sword ferns.


There are nine miles of paved bicycle trails and six miles of hiking trails in Fort Stevens State Park. The trail around Coffenbury Lake is easy and refreshing.

Coffenbury Lake Trail

The 2.4-mile loop trail around the Coffenbury Lake offers easy hike and no elevation gain. The trailhead is located at Coffenbury Lake's picnic area A. If you cross the lake beach, on the right, you will find the trail. After 1.2 miles, turn left for 150 yards on an old road, and keep left again. You, also, can start your hike from the picnic area of the northern lake's edge.

Coffenbury Lake. Trailhead.

Difficulty Level: Easy
Distance (round trip): 2.4 miles (3.9 km)
Trail Type: Loop
Elevation Gain: 0

Battery Russel Trail

The 5-mile loop trail from Battery Russel, moderate difficulty level with 100 feet elevation gain. Drive to a parking area at Battery Russel, climb a staircase and go to the opposite end of the concrete bunker structure where you will find a wide sandy trail to Coffenbury Lake. Keep right at all junctions. Hike to a paved bike path, walk right through a tunnel and turn left to the picnic area of Coffenbury Lake. Follow the 2.4-mile loop trail, mentioned above. After the short loop is done, hike back to Battery Russel.

Coffenbury Lake. Battery Russel Trail.Difficulty Level: Easy to Moderate
Distance (round trip): 5 miles (8 km)
Trail Type: Loop
Elevation Gain: 100 ft (116 m)


Coffenbury Lake provides great opportunities for fishing. There are fishing docks and boat ramps. Motorized boats with a speed less 10 mph are allowed. For conservation sake, gas-powered boats are not permitted on the lake. 

Warmwater Species

Formed between dunes, the coastal Coffenbury Lake with warm water temperatures in summer allows warm-water fish to reproduce successfully. There are largemouth bass, bluegill, black crappie, brown bullhead, and yellow perch.

The best time for fishing: warmer months of spring, summer, warmer months of fall.

Trout & Steelhead

Coffenbury Lake is stocked on the regular basis with the legal, larger and trophy sizes rainbow trout. Check the stocking schedule on the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife website.

The lake, also, receives adult hatchery steelhead in the winter season. There is not any stocking schedule for hatchery steelhead but if it is stocked you can find information in the weekly ODFW report.
The best time for fishing: March - September


During summer, the Coffenbury Lake water is warm (70°F in July). Two swimming areas, a sandy beach, fishing docks, and a boat ramp make Coffenbury Lake a perfect spot for a variety of water activities. This beautiful lake is a popular destination for canoeing, paddle boarding and kayaking.

General Description

Access allowed: All year from dawn until dusk
Walking distance: Short
Day-use fees: Yes
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

  • 170 full-hookup site
  • More than 300 electrical sites with water
  • Six tent sites with water nearby
  • 15 yurts
  • 11 deluxe cabins.

Location: Fort Stevens State Park
GPS: 46.1842, -123.9568
Elevation: 19 ft (6 m)
Coffenbury Lake is located:

  • 11 miles west of  Astoria
  • 94 miles west of Portland
  • 124 miles northwest of Salem.


Body of water: Natural lake
Water quality: Tea-brown, fair transparency
Current: None
Depth: Deep and shallow
Beach: Sandy
Water T° (summer): Warm


Horse riding
Historic site with museum
Scenic viewpoint


Flush toilets
Drinking water
Garbage service
Fishing docks
Boat ramp
Picnic sites
Reservable picnic shelter

Driving Directions to Coffenbury Lake

  • From the junction of Highway 101 and Highway 30 in Astoria, drive 3.2 miles to the southwest (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
  • Follow 3.5 miles to Fort Stevens State Park.

Address: 100 Peter Iredale Rd, Hammond, OR 97121
Phone: 503-861-3170 x 21

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