Stub Stewart Star Parties

L.L. Stub Stewart State Park is located near Vernonia, Oregon. This is a star party for RCA members and their guests and is not one of the OMSI public star parties.

45° 44' 30"' N - 123° 11' 10" W
Altitude 1000 feet

There is no registration for RCA members for club star parties at this location. Just show up and enjoy the evening! You don't even need a telescope to participate. Other members are enthusiastic to share their views. We observe from dusk to dawn.


It can always be very cold at night no matter what the season, so bring warm clothing.

Stub Stewart is also available for personal or impromptu observing most times by RCA members.

More up to date information about these star parties can be found on the RCA forum.

New to Star Parties? Read Etiquette for Star Parties

Parking Fees and Permits


2. Star Gazing Permit

The Annual Star Gazing Permit is required for each car using the 'day use' area for observing after hours. This permit can be found here and more information can be found on the RCA Forum as well.

Driving Directions


Going west out of Portland on Highway 26 past the Highway #6 cutoff and continue approximately 8 miles and take Highway 47 towards Vernonia approximately 4 miles to the entrance to Stub Steward State Park.

Hilltop Viewing Area

Hilltop Viewing Area

The viewing area will be held at the Hilltop Day-Use section of Stub Stewart which does have public restroom, drinking water, limited power, covered picnic area, sidewalk, limited parking, and graveled trails.


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There are Tent camping, Trailer, and RV areas at the State Park along with cabins available for a fee. Be aware that they fill up early. You can sign up for a campsite or cabin HERE.