Cape Disappointment State Park

Cape Disappointment State Park, formerly Fort Canby State Park, is a 1,882-acre camping park on the Long Beach Peninsula, fronted by the Pacific Ocean. The park offers two miles of ocean beach, two lighthouses, an interpretive center and hiking trails. Visitors enjoy beach exploration, ship watching and exploring the area's rich natural and cultural history. The nearby coastal towns of Ilwaco and Long Beach feature special events and festivals spring through fall.
The park offers breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean, Columbia River, North Head Lighthouse and Cape Disappointment Lighthouse. The park has old-growth forest, lakes, freshwater and saltwater marshes, as well as streams and tidelands along the ocean. Three vacation rentals are available.

Automated pay stations: This park is equipped with automated pay stations for visitors to purchase a one-day or annual Discover Pass.

  1. Activities
  2. Boating
  3. Camping
  4. History
  5. Maps

Picnic & Day-Use Facilities
The day-use area has 20 unsheltered picnic tables, available first come, first served.

  • 8 miles of hiking trails
Water Activities & Features
  • 135-feet of dock
  • Boating
  • Boat ramp
  • Clamming
  • Crabbing
  • Freshwater fishing
  • Saltwater fishing
Other Activities & Features
  • Amphitheater
  • Beach exploration
  • Bird watching
  • Interpretive activities - Summer Concert Series
  • Museum
Interpretive Opportunities
Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center (LCIC), perched on a 200-foot-high cliff, tells the story of Lewis and Clark and their journey from St. Louis to the Pacific Ocean. The center is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily from April 1 to October 31 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday from November 1 to March 31. Admission is $5 per adult, $2.50 children ages 7 to 17 and free for ages 6 and younger.

North Head Lighthouse is open to visitors from May to September. Tour admission is $2.50 per adult and free for ages 7 to 17. No children under the age of seven are permitted. Appropriate footwear is required, no flip flops or shoes without heel straps. Federal and State passes not accepted for admission. Call the center at 360-642-3029 for hours and tour information. 

The North Head will close to public access beginning Monday, September 15, 2014. The multi-use trail extension project necessitates a full site closure for the completion of construction. The last day for Lighthouse Tours will be Sunday, September 14, 2014, 10 AM - 5 PM. The closure is expected to last until November 15, 2014. The lighthouse will not re-open for tours until spring or summer of 2015.
The park also features interpretive trails and the Cape Disappointment Lighthouse. 
Other interpretive opportunities, such as the Fort Columbia Interpretive Center and the Fort Columbia Commanding Officer's House Museum, are also in the vicinity.
Special Exhibit on Marine Debris during May and June
"Bottles, Foam and Rope: Talking Trash on the Washington Coast"
This exhibit was designed by Jon Schmidt, former Washington State Parks Interpretive Consultant, now the Washington CoastSavers coordinator. CoastSavers is an alliance of private and public agencies, non profit groups and hundreds of volunteers that work together to clean the entire coast of Washington twice a year. Recently, the Washington Coast cleanup involved over 1,000 volunteers who picked up more than ten tons of trash off the state's beaches. The exhibit was developed with funding from the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation and the North Pacific Coast Marine Resources Committee. For more information on Washington CoastSavers and how you can support their efforts, please see: 

Additional Information
  • A Columbia River fish-cleaning station is available to fishermen.
  • Swimming in the ocean on the Long Beach Peninsula is not advised.
  • Significant nearby natural areas include Willapa Bay, Leadbetter Point, and Beard's Hollow.
  • A recreational license is required for fishing and shellfish harvesting at Washington state parks. For regulations, fishing season information, or to purchase a recreational license, visit the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.