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Cape Disappointment State Park

Cape Disappointment State Park Review

This 1,882-acre park (formerly Ft. Canby) was an active military installation until 1957. Emplacements for the guns that once guarded the Columbia's mouth remain, some of them hidden by dense vegetation. Trails lead to stunning beaches and eagles can sometimes be seen on the cliffs. All of the park's 240 campsites have stoves and tables; some have water, sewer, and electric hookups. The park also has three lightkeepers' residences (houses) available for rent, as well as 14 yurts and three cabins. Exhibits at the park's Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center tell the tale of the duo's 8,000-mile round-trip expedition. Displays include artwork, journal entries, and other items that elaborate on the Corps of Discovery, which left Wood River, Illinois, in 1804; arrived at Cape Disappointment in 1805; and got back to Illinois in 1806.

    Contact Information

  • Address: Robert Gray Dr., 2½ miles southwest of Ilwaco off U.S. 101, Ilwaco, WA, 98624 | Map It
  • Phone: 360/642–3029; 360/642–3078
  • Cost: Day pass $10 per vehicle; annual Discovery Pass $30 (valid at all state parks); Interpretive center $5, campsites $21–$28
  • Hours: Daily dawn–dusk; Interpretive center: daily 10–5
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  • Location: Ilwaco
Updated: 05-10-2013

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