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 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, 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 Coffenbury Lake offers an easy hike with no elevation gain. The trailhead is located at the 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 on an old road for 150 yards, and keep left again. You, also, can start your hike from the picnic area at the northern lake's edge.
Difficulty Level: Easy
Distance (round trip): 2.4 miles (3.9 km)
Trail Type: Loop
Elevation Gain: 0
Battery Russell Trail
The 5-mile loop trail from Battery Russell, moderate difficulty level with 100 feet elevation gain. Drive to a parking area at Battery Russell, 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 Russell.
During the summer months, the Coffenbury Lake water is warm (70°F in July). Two swimming areas, sandy beaches, fishing docks, and boat ramps make Coffenbury Lake a perfect spot for a variety of water activities. This beautiful lake is a popular destination for canoeing, paddleboarding, and kayaking.
Coffenbury Lake provides great opportunities for fishing. There are fishing docks and boat ramps. Motorized boats with a speed less than 10 mph are allowed. For the sake of lake conservation, gas-powered boats are not permitted on the lake.
Formed between dunes, 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, and 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 months. 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: from March to September.
Coffenbury Lake | General Description
Open: Year-round from dawn until dusk (for day-use)
Managed: Oregon State Park
Location: Fort Stevens State Park
Services: Flush toilets, drinking water, garbage service, fishing docks, boat ramps, picnic sites, and a reservable picnic shelter
Activities: Swimming, watersports, hiking, biking, fishing, boating, horse riding, historic site with a museum, scenic viewpoints of the Pacific Ocean and Peter Iredale shipwreck
Accommodations: 170 full-hookup sites, more than 300 electrical sites with water, six tent sites with water nearby, 15 yurts, and 11 deluxe cabins
Distance from the parking: Short
Road access: Any passenger vehicle
Day-use fees: Yes or parking permits for State Parks
Dogs: Must be on a leash
Popularity: Moderate to high
Elevation: 19 ft (6 m)
Coffenbury Lake is located:
- 11 miles west of Astoria
- 94 miles west of Portland
- 124 miles northwest of Salem.
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 Street
- Turn right onto 18th Street, which merges onto Ridge Road
- Follow 3.5 miles to Fort Stevens State Park.
Phone: 503-861-3170 x 21