Astoria, WAAstoria is a city of 10,000 people on the Columbia River, just a few miles from the Pacific Ocean. It is surrounded by the beauty of the forest, mountains, three rivers and the sea. Just across Youngs Bay is Warrenton, a city of 4,500, that encompasses Fort Stevens State Park and its broad, clean ocean beaches. Because of its steep hills and beautiful Victorian homes, Astoria has been called the "Little San Francisco of the Pacific Northwest."
The area of Astoria and Warrenton is a nationally significant historic area; the western end of the Lewis and Clark Trail and the oldest American settlement west of the Rockies; a place that takes visitors back to simpler times, its architecture dominated by hundreds of Victorian homes clinging to steep wooded hillsides and with a revitalized 1920s era downtown; all set against a backdrop of tremendous natural beauty in the temperate rain forest at the mouth of the Columbia River.
There are endless opportunities for recreation in the Astoria/Warrenton area.
Full service Charter Boat companies offer river cruises, ecotours, fishing trips and crabbing.
The beaches of offer treasures to the beachcomber. Other popular beach activities include walking and kite flying. For those willing to brave the cold waters ‐ surfing, windsurfing, kayaking, boogie boarding and skim-boarding all are available.
Water activities including yachting on the Columbia River, water skiing on Cullaby Lake, or paddle-boating and canoeing on Coffenbury Lake or the Necanicum River. There are boat ramps on lakes, rivers and the ocean.
Fisherman who want to try their luck at fishing for salmon, sturgeon, or bottom fish will find charter boats in Astoria, Warrenton and Hammond.
Razor clams are plentiful on Northern Oregon beaches.
There are numerous hiking trails, ranging from the short climb from the campus at Clatsop Community College to the Astoria Column to the rugged but rewarding trail to the top of Saddle Mountain.
More than twelve miles of paved, well-maintained bicycle trails wind through Fort Stevens State Park.
Clatsop County offers several public and private campgrounds.
*Courtesy Oregon Coast Visitors Association