Welcome to Warrenton
A neighboring city next to Astoria, Warrenton is bordered by the Pacific Ocean on the west and the mighty Columbia River on the north. Making history in 1913, Warrenton elected the very first woman mayor in the state of Oregon - but the real history started back in the 1800’s with the building of the Fort at Point Adams. After a name change in 1865 we know it today as Fort Stevens which served as the primary military installation at the mouth of the Columbia River.
Fort Stevens was constructed to defend the mouth of the Columbia from possible attack by the British during tensions related to the Pig War of 1859-70 in the San Juan Islands. Fort Stevens was also the only military installation in the continental United States to receive hostile fire during World War II when a Japanese submarine fired 17 shells at Fort Stevens. Fortunately after being hit by those 17 shells there was only minimal damage to the installations baseball field backstop. The fort was decommissioned in 1947 and put under the control of the Army Corps of Engineers and later passed onto the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department who still cares for this historical site today.
Most visitors to the Warrenton area would never know about this next special place as its best enjoyed by the residents who were lucky enough discover it and move there. Smith Lake is located in a quiet, beautiful setting of trees, natural vegetation, grassy shores and private homes dotted all along the water’s edge around the lake.
Fishing is allowed on this 45 acre warm water lake, bigmouth bass and striped bass are generally the catch of the day. However, the true magic about the lake is watching all the wildlife that lives on and around it. On a daily basis you’ll see swans, geese, ducks, herons and the most thrilling – Eagles! Picture yourself sitting along the water’s edge, the air is quiet and calm, all you hear is the honking of some geese down the way, song birds and the buzz of a honey bee as it fly’s by – then, out of what seems to be nowhere, a mature bald eagle swoops down across the lake talons spread open and splash – he rises from the lake with a fish tight in his grasp – dinner is served.
You can’t miss visiting the Peter Iredale shipwreck of 1906 on the beach at Fort Steven’s State Park, although the sands of time have consumed much of this famous shipwreck – its skeleton is still visible today and on low tide visitors can actually reach out and touch a piece of history.
Another must see is Fort Clatsop the winter encampment site of the Lewis & Clark Corps of Discovery. Interpretative interaction with costumed park rangers at the fort is a truly memorable experience for both adults and children of all ages, a visitor’s center, Park Service led tours; hiking trails and biking are just a small list of all the wonderful activities visitors can enjoy in this area.
NEW to the list of Warrenton activities is “High Life Adventures” an exhilarating zip line quest that’s quickly becoming a destination for locals and visitors alike. A thrilling two hour zip line tour winds through a natural setting encompassing 30 privately owned acres of seasoned timber, ponds, and a 7 acre lake. During the summer months kids of all ages will be able to experience some great old time fun on the rope swing and big water slide into the lake!
Warrenton also features two marinas as private, commercial and chartered fishing trips on the Columbia River are a popular attraction. Warrenton Deep Sea is a local seafood market featuring some of the freshest fish, shrimp, clams, oysters and crab you’ll find.