Cape Disappointment State Park

244 Robert Gray Dr.
Ilwaco, WA 98624- Map It
(360) 642-3078

AAA Editor Notes

Cape Disappointment State Park is 3 mi. s.w. off US 101. Capt. John Meares named this headland in 1788, which reflected his feelings upon not discovering the fabled Northwest Passage. The park is part of Lewis and Clark National Historical Park, and within its boundaries is Fort Canby; built in 1852, it guarded the entrance to the Columbia River and was Washington's first military installation. Trails lead through the forest to isolated coves and broad sandy beaches. The park offers a wide range of recreational activities. The Cape Disappointment Lighthouse, commissioned in 1856, is the oldest lighthouse in the state. Guided tours are available. Pets on leash are allowed. Camping is permitted. Picnicking is permitted. Food is available.
Park admission $10 (per private vehicle); Discover Pass, valid for 1 year, $30 (per private vehicle). Lighthouse tour $2.50; free (ages 7-17). Reservations are required for lighthouse tours; children under 7 not permitted on tour.
Hours: Daily 6:30 a.m.-dusk. Lighthouse tour departs daily, May-Sept.