Ghosts of Battery Russell, Fort Stevens, Warrenton, OR

by Donald
(Seattle, WA)

The Battery Russel is a part of Fort Stevens near Warrenton, Oregon (very close to the town of Astoria).

Part of the Fort Steven's Military Reservation, it served post to the Oregon Coast during the Civil War, until World War II. Situated very gracefully on one of the hills, it faces the flow and the ebb of the beautiful Pacific Ocean, and upon a glance, one can see it's rich history. But what you don't see or sometimes never expect to see... can frighten the hell out of you.

I must admit, I have a strange attraction to the Battery. The whole area is gorgeous, and seems unlikely that it was ever touched by war.

Though I'm not very familiar with the history of the Battery, or very many other parts of Ft. Stevens, I can feel some of it's past. And I'm not the only one.

In early October of '97, I took a friend of mine to visit the coast. I live in Portland, which is not far from the coast, so jaunts out there are easy. Most of my family (including my parents) live in the area, so I thought it would be fun to take my friend with me to visit my family and then play on the beach. I wanted to show her the Battery, and we ended up there about 3:30 in the afternoon.

The Battery is vast, with many areas that light never sees, unless it's created by lantern or flash light, and in these areas... you can sense the past. Even in the light of day, in a group of people, the intrigue can turn to fear.

When we arrived, there was only one other car in the parking lot, and we began the small trek up the service road, that lead up the hill that the Battery is nestled into. We passed the previous visitors on the way down the hill, and they smiled cordially as they walked to their car.

I'd never had any experience with the "spiritual" side of things until that day, though I have always been open minded regarding it.

We began to explore, sticking close to one another. No other visitors came. At points, I would stop in my tracks, as suddenly... I was sensing the echoes of pain and fear. At times I felt I was being stared into, and would look in the direction. I never said anything to my friend, even as he was standing beside me. I could tell he was sensing something as well, but neither one of us would say.

We continued up the hill, to a small group of bunkers above the Battery. Daylight was beginning to fade, and our light windbreakers were beginning to fail at keeping the cold, damp air from chilling us. I could never tell if it was the weather, or Battery Russell generating the chill.

We both branched out a bit, exploring the bunker areas... some open and others fully enclosed, with only a sole door entering into their darkness. I approached one of the enclosed bunkers, but stopped. I couldn't physically move any further... but I wanted to know what was in there. Instantly I heard my friend plea, "Don't go in there." As soon as he spoke, an image flashed in my head of someone standing in there with a knife, waiting for someone to enter. And upon the flash of this image, I was knocked backwards to the ground. The image was so vivid and real... the past seemed to be speaking to us.

Collen was only a few feet away, and came to me instantly. I couldn't really speak, but I couldn't catch my breathe. He quickly helped me to my feet, and said in his own fear, "We need to go!" I wasn't about to argue. We broke into a run down the hill to get back to my van, and as we did... I heard Collen take a sharp breath, and nearly run into me. Focusing on our retreat, I didn't pay any attention to it, other than making sure he was still with me. I quickly unlocked the van, and we were out of there as fast as I could drive.

Collen was shaking, and I suppose I was too, but I was so focused on driving. I swear I was working the 5-speed so hard, I could have ripped the gear shift out of the floor. 15 minutes later... I pulled over to try to collect myself.

I turned to see if Collen was alright. He was actually crying and I felt really bad for putting us in that situation. Before I could even ask, he asked me, "Did you see the image I did... the guy in fatigues in the bunker?" "Holding a knife?", I further inquired. He nodded. We had the same vision at the same exact time. "Can we get some coffee? and then will you drive us home?", he asked quietly. "Yeah... but what else did you see?" I knew there was more. "On the way down the hill," he took a breath, "out of the corner of my eye... I swore I saw another guy hiding in the bushes. It creeped me out." We talked more about it on the drive home, but really don't talk about it any more.

I still go back to the Battery Russell, and have had a few other encounters. There is a lot of energy and activity there.

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Apr 19, 2016
Ghostly EVP
by: Robert B.

My brother and I were investigating Battery Russell as we are Lower Columbia Paranormal Investigative Team ( About a minute into the investigation, in one of the rooms, as I was rolling on my mini DV, a woman's voice was heard saying "yes". Would like to return to investigate further.

Oct 23, 2015
by: Mrs. Peacock

My husband and I first went to the Battery several yrs ago. We pretty much had the park to ourselves since it was almost dusk.

We were below a large hole in the ceiling when someone threw garbage down it and almost hit us. My husband hollers 'hey, someone's down here'. Right when he hollered, I bolted outside to see who it was but there was nobody in site.

I was also creeped out by the dark tunnels. Too much of a chicken I guess....

Oct 07, 2015
by: Anonymous

In the armory, I have seen shadows of civil war type figures. When I went in the building no one was there.

I'm going back in a few weeks, loaded with camera and digital voice recorder to hopefully capture something. Nothing to be afraid of.

Respect and endure.

Aug 20, 2015
by: S. Roit

I was just there today. I barely made it up the steps to fire hill, didn't like the feel around the guardhouse.

Once up top I was okay-- for a few. It seemed something more in the woods towards the side with the big plaque. I'm not sure how to describe. Definitely I was afraid. I nearly ran down the hill, not the steps. I had a feeling I didn't want to put my back to whatever it was.

Now, I've had the creeps in some places, but they have never made me cry. I was crying before I got to the bottom of the hill. I'm still not sure precisely how to describe. Maybe it's that feeling someone gets when they're being stalked?? Chased? And you just want it to go away? My heart raced.

I'm sure folks will think that nuts. But I've never felt like that before. Even writing this I'm creeped out again. I don't think you could pay me to go back.

I will add it was bright mid day. Whatever else is past the battery up that wooded trail, I don't want to know.

Aug 13, 2015
ghost images
by: Jan G

I had made a visit to this place now and then.

On one occasion, in January, I took several pictures of this damp day. When I returned home and uploaded them onto the computer, I had caught a spirit peering from around one of the corners. Also caught was orb twice in two different spots in the captain's quarters.

Plan to make another trip soon, and see if I can get any audio too. This place is worth visit if you are a paranormal hunter.

Oct 20, 2014
My Battery Russell Experience
by: Chris

My wife and I explored Battery Russell and every single one of the so called "haunted" bunkers near it yesterday.

Although I was hoping for some sort of supernatural experience.....nothing.

We were all alone the entire time (sometimes separated from each other). At no point were either of us scared or fearful.

I think the guy that wrote this article has a bit of a wild imagination that got away from him (as well as his crying friend). Exactly why would a military man (or ghost) be hiding in wait to hurt someone at a base that saw virtually no action/violence in its history? Makes no sense.

In any case, it was an awesome place to visit and we can't wait to bring our son back when he gets a little older (lots of steep stairwells that aren't really kid friendly).

Apr 17, 2014
by: kayle

I've been to the Batteries when I was a little kid. I'd say about 5/6 I do recall a presence that was really heavy and it was a bit scary.

I miss going there. Just because there are lost souls there or whatever the case may be, it won't stop me from ever visiting it again.

I'd love to take that chance. It's been about 10 years, if not longer since I've been there. It was awesome.

Sitting in those rooms (bunkers?) with cement all covered around you. It's a little claustrophobic. Ehh. But it was a great experienced.

I'm glad they still have it so every one else can see what it was like back in the early 1900s. Amazing.

I actually want to learn more about it and do a paper on it.

Mar 16, 2012
Ghostly Experience At The Oregon Coast
by: Andie B

I love going over to Battery Russell and Fort Stevens. I've been going there with my family for as long as I could remember.

Last summer, I went to Battery Russell and went into one of the rooms (not sure what room it was, or if it was an officer's room or something). As I was going out I heard a 'knocking' sound on the cement wall right where I was. I knocked on the wall with two knocks; and it knocked back! I knew there was no one else around me, except my friend who was already outside when I first heard the knocking.

I really want to go back and look into it more and see if I get any other feelings like that. It's awesome!!

Jan 26, 2012
Ghostly Orb At Battery Russell
by: Jan Gordon

I visited Battery Russell with a friend from Utah, and we explored this site.

I had been to it before, but this time I brought my camera to take photos.

What appeared in one of the photos, was an Orb! I had taken the shot of the same place just 2-3 minutes earliar, and nothing. Then, I sensed something, and snapped another photo. This time, an Orb appeared in the Officer's Room!

I will be going back to search the back rooms, and gain more photos.

Jan 20, 2012
Ft Stevens Is Cool!
by: Rob Horrace

The whole area near Battery Russell is fun to explore.

There were two searchlight towers (since fallen down) a Searchlight Generator Room and a SCR 296 Radar Station just past Fire Control Hill.

Down by Russell was a Naval Radio Station and the old Point Adams Lighthouse (Demolished).

On the jetty is another battery: an underground barracks and remains of two 90mm ATMB guns.

Along a trail are two old HE Ammo Bunkers and a guard station.

The only haunting presence I felt comes from the guard house (actually got a pic with a orb) and in Battery Pratt.

The whole area is way cool and has a lot of history.

Check out on Facebook Coastal Artillery Forts of the Pacific Northwest.

Jan 02, 2012
I Have Photos - Battery Russell, Fort Stevens
by: Brittany Rowles

I have been exploring Battery Russell, Fort Stevens for ghosts the past few days and have been taking many pictures.

I was not at the Battery, but in the dark tunnels right across from where the hospital on the hill used to be. Well, on the second day, Ii took lots of pictures and in one of them is a clear, very angry face with a cut across his forhead.

If you would like to see it, email me please at

I was very scared when i saw this picture, knowing something like this was in there with me!

Aug 11, 2011
Battery Russell Back in the 50's
by: Anonymous

AS a teenager growing up in Seaside, OR. I would go to Battery Russell with friends and have picnic/beer party there.

At that time the trees, weeds, shrubs and bushes that pretty much hid the bunkers, were not cleared off yet.

Our favorite game was hide and seek. One could get in one of the dark rooms and never be found. Flashlights were a must. I knew it would happen one day but was still sad when they made it into a State Park...

Jul 06, 2011
My father was staioned at Fort Stevens
by: Wayne

This is for John. My father was at Fort Stevens when the Japs shelled the mainland. He also laid mines in the Columbia. You might have known him.

Jul 01, 2011
Is it The One-Armed Jap?
by: Anonymous

I grew up in Astoria during the 60's and there was always a rumor that that there was a one-armed Jap that roamed around the jetty out there.

As far as I know, no one ever saw him, it was just an urban legend.

Jan 28, 2011
Eerie Feeling At Battery Russell
by: Anonymous

I'm a Civil War reenactor and every year we do an event at the Fort around Labor day weekend.

Whenever I wander around Battery Russell late at night or early in the morning, I always get the feeling that somebody or something is watching me. It gives you an eerie feeling. Someday I will explore it further.

Dec 03, 2010
Take Pictures
by: Ken C

I'm from Vestal, NY and have many pictures of supernatural "things".

When you are in these places where wierd things are happening, take lots of pictures with a good flash. Then download them to your computer. Make sure these pics you take have foliage in them.(They can manifest in foliage quite well) then open your pictures with windows picture and fax viewer. This has a really good zoom to it and search the pictures all over at 200 zoom.

Chances are you'll see what it is that is scaring the hell out of you. Maybe "people" maybe creatures! My email is I'd like to hear from you.


Nov 12, 2010
Me too!
by: Gene

Last year I went to Fort Stevens to do some exploring and I had the same feeling as I was down inside Battery Russell.

I forgot my flashlight in the car so I was just simply taking photographs in the dark and lighting the rooms with my flash and as I neared one of the empty rooms, I had this overwhelming feeling that someone was waiting around the corner for me.

I took a quick picture and retreated, but the cop in me wanted to see if someone was there..

Reluctantly I went back and as I neared the room again I announced "You do not scare me" and I took a couple more pictures both to the left and right of the doorway and there was nothing there.

Apr 16, 2010
Danger Lirks
by: Cathy

I too know what you are describing. I felt a danger while exploring the bunkers.

There was a man (ghost) watching me. Taunting me, was more like it. When roaming around Battery Russell, I stopped and was captivated by a presence in one of the rooms. I felt like it wanted me to know something but was of no harm. I didn't want to leave without knowing what it wanted but I didn't want to alarm my kids that were with me.

Nov 13, 2009
I Was Part of the Crew of Battery Russell
by: john turck

I was stationed at Fort Stevens in 1940 with the 18th coast artillery, and was a member of the gun crew on Battery Russell.

We also laid mines in the Columbia River. they was not contact mines, they were connected by cable and the control was across the river in Washington state.

Aug 20, 2009
by: Anonymous

I have been to Battery Russell several times with my family.

When we separate to explore, I always feel like I am being watched and swear I see something out of the corner of my eye. What is funny is that it does not scare me. I feel a little protected.

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