Behind the Scenes at Fort Stevens

Travel across Young’s Bay Bridge for an enlightening tour of the nearly 146-year-old Fort Stevens, situated in Fort Stevens State Park.

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    All ages
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    Approximately 3 hours

Pre-reservation of this Crystal Adventures excursion is recommended.

Arriving at the fort, begin your immersive discovery of the imposing structure, built by the U.S. Army in the waning days of the Civil War.

Though it did not see action in the Civil War, Fort Stevens did sustain an attack during World War II. On June 21, 1942, a Japanese submarine fired 17 shells on the gun emplacements at Battery Russell, making it the only U.S. fortification in the 48 states to be bombed by a foreign power since the War of 1812.

Learn these and other interesting facts as you explore the fort, preserved amid 3,700 acres of woodlands, lakes, wetlands and beaches. Your knowledgeable guide will take you through the complex and its bunkers, abandoned gun batteries and tower stations before heading up to the commander’s station to show you captivating views of the Columbia River.

You also will venture underground to the Battery Mishler. Here, during WWII, 10-inch canons were mounted on disappearing carriages, which hid the guns behind concrete and earthen walls when not being fired. These powerful guns could fire 617-pound shells at a distance of nine miles.

Enjoy a look at a collection of artifacts dating to the Civil War at the fort’s museum before returning to your Crystal ship.

Important Notes:
As this excursion involves walking a distance of approximately three miles, it is not recommended for guests with walking difficulties. It is recommended that guests dress in warm, layered clothing and wear flat, comfortable shoes. Guests should also bring raingear in case of inclement weather. This excursion will operate in all weather conditions. A minimum number of bookings is required for this excursion to operate. Pre-reservation of this Crystal Adventures excursion is recommended.