Fort Columbia State Park encompasses a total area of approximately 590 acres of land that is situated in Pacific County, Washington, and about two miles southeast of Chinook which is a census-designated place in Pacific County. More specifically, the park is located over a tunneled section of U.S Route 101. Fort Columbia State Park was constructed between 1896 and 1904 to support, protect, and defend the area surrounding parts of the Columbia River.
The specific location of the fort was selected because of the unobstructed view on the Chinook Point promontory. Fort Columbia was declared surplus after World War II and was transferred to the state of Washington in 1950 where it was soon after proclaimed a state park (in 1950). Today, this protected area is still governed by the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission.
Besides the historical attraction of the park, the place is also a favorite place for some visitors to enjoy hiking and sightseeing. The amenities in the park to facilitate these activities include picnic areas, observation stations, hiking trails, interpretive centers, museum, and historic features. For example, visitors can enjoy twelve historic wood-frame fort buildings that still stand today. Visitors can also get to see the Commanding Officers Quarters which are decorated in furnishings that were popular at the turn of the 20th century.
Dogs are definitely allowed into Fort Columbia State Park although some regulations must be followed. Some of the key rules regarding dogs are as follows. First, all dogs must be kept away from restricted areas of the park. Secondly, in areas of the park that dogs can access, your dog should be kept on a leash that has a maximum length of eight feet. Third, If your dog is not on a leash, then the pooch should be put in a secure enclosure.