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CoastWatch Mile 274
DescriptionCape Lookout SP
Boundaries N 45° 22.037', W 123° 58.252' to N 45° 21.173', W 123° 58.554'
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Vehicles• Motor vehicle travel is prohibited from the north boundary of Nehalem Bay State Park (45° 42.2196', Mile 299), southerly to the south boundary of the Boy Scout property north of Sand Lake (45° 18.6444', Mile 268), except as follows: Motor vehicles essential to and engaged in boat launchings will be allowed any time during the year for a distance of 300 feet northwest from (45° 26.4036' 123° 57.2052', Mile 279), near Happy Camp.
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Beach erosion   11/24/08
Erosion of bank below tree line, Cape Lookout State Park

Jul 15, 2016 4:00 PM
It was a cloudy, but not cold, Friday afternoon. There were just over 50 people on the beach, mostly playing in the sand or walking. The main difference since our last report is that the sand level has risen covering the rocks and rock pools that were visible several months ago.   MORE 
Apr 10, 2016 12:00 AM
Sunday was cloudy but pleasant, and hence the beach had more people enjoying it than previous weeks. The main change to the beach is the loss of sand - up to 7 feet according to one park employee. As a result there are now many rocks exposed that were previously covered with sand. This change has enabled visitors to engage in rock hunting and exploring tide pools. Erosion along the bluffs has also continued. Not much wild life was in evidence perhaps dues to the number of persons on the beach and rocks.   MORE 
Exposed rocks   
Location:Beach adjoining Cape Lookout picnic area
Exposed rocks   
Location:Beach adjoining Cape Lookout picnic area
Description:Although much of the debris left by the December storms has been removed, patches still remain,
Location:South of Cape Lookout picnic area
Eroding bluffs   
Description:The bluffs along the picnic area are continuing to erode.
Location:Beach adjoining Cape Lookout picnic area
Exploring tide pools   
Description:As recently as one month ago this whole area was beach. The erosion has allowed people to explore the newly formed tide pools.
Location:Beach adjoining Cape Lookout picnic area
Dec 19, 2015 11:00 AM
It was a beautiful morning to be on the beach - sunny but brisk. This report is the first to be made after the storms that hit the coast line in mid-December. A lot of debris have washed up along the high tide line including plastic containers, rope, and a crab pot. (See photos) The sand dunes along the north shore of this mile have eroded significantly. Dunes that were once all sand have eroded back to the rock base. The access road from the campground to the beach has washed out. (See photos) The bluffs along the south end of the mile have collapsed in places. A major collapse occurred just south of the creek that crosses the beach. Trees that were on the bluff have fallen across the mouth of the stream. The receding bluff has also caused the park to remove one of the picnic tables. Further south there is also evidence of places where the bluff has collapsed. (See photos)   MORE 
Washed up crab pot   
Location:Near day use area of Cape Lookout Park
Debris from storm   
Location:Near Cape Lookout campgrund
Debris from storm   
Location:Near Cape Lookout campgrund
Washed out beach access road   
Location:Near Cape Lookout campgrund
Eroded sand dunes   
Description:Before the storm, none of the rocks were visible. This photo is typical of the dunes along the campground and spit.
Location:Near Cape Lookout campgrund
Collapsed bluff south of creek   
Location:Near Cape Lookout picnic site
Mouth of creek   
Location:Near Cape Lookout picnic site
Collapsed bluff in picnic area   
Description:Notice the recently erected safety fence has itself fallen due to subsequent sluffs.
Location:Near Cape Lookout picnic site
Eroded bluffs   
Location:South of Cape Lookout picnic site
Eroded bluffs   
Location:South of Cape Lookout picnic site
Logs blocking access to beach   
Description:These logs were deposited at the top of the dune between the road to the campsite and the beach.
Location:Near Cape Lookout campgrund
Nov 28, 2015 9:00 AM
It was a sunny but brisk morning, and so not many people on the beach despite a holiday weekend. The storm earlier in the month deposited two unusual items: 1. What appeared to be a crab-pot with its marker buoy and 2: an OSU wave energy buoy (see photo). The only other unusual sighting was that one of the hikers was a fully armed and camouflaged gunman.   MORE 
OSU wave energy project equipment   
Location:Cape Lookout State Park beach
Oct 5, 2015 1:30 PM
Today was our first beach mile walk. We took photos particularly of the cliffs to use as baselines for comparisons. About thirty people were on the beach-some with dogs on leash and some off. Several people were in the water jumping the waves, many were walking the beach and some were sitting and reading. We walked at low tide and noted many bunches of seaweed and groups of gulls. There were some tire marks along the beach possibly from a pick-up truck. The beach was basically litter free.   MORE 
Mar 23, 2014 3:45 PM
Less people than we would have expected on Spring Break weekend but the people who were on the beach were having a mellow afternoon. The beach was very clean (day after SOLV Clean-up) - even the tide line didn't have much content. Looked like many of rocks brought in to protect dunes are working their way out to the ocean - beach studded with them. Also a few new tree trunks on the beach. Wear and tear continuing as expected. Most notable was the amount of sand in the campground - more than we're used to seeing after winter storms. Road and driveways into camping spots covered - no concrete visible. Park in process of plowing sand into piles. Also, dunes planted to protect park looking quite worn down.   MORE 
Jun 22, 2013 10:00 AM
More than 100 people enjoying a variety of activities on the beach today. There were 9-10 dogs, mostly leashed, none causing problems. The group camp area looked packed. Most noticeable in driftline was the large number of crabs - large, small, whole, in pieces. Didn't see much human debris. Further erosion of bluffs - saw a new tree down and one just hanging on as well as evidence of small landslides (all south of day use area) There were signs indicating seals have been seen on the beach - also pups - advising people to leave them alone. We didn't see any.   MORE 
Dead crabs in driftline   
Location:Cape LookoutSP south of day use area
Falling trees on Bluff @ Cape Lookout SP   
Location:Bluffs south of day use area
Dec 30, 2012 11:00 AM
What a beautiful day. The bluff continues to erode. The driftline contained sea grass, and lots of both tiny bits of wood and tiny bits of plastic.   MORE 
Aug 28, 2012 10:45 AM
A peaceful morning at the beach. Campground full and more people arriving during our visit. Not much on the beach other than natural debris. A large chunk of the bluff south of the day use area has fallen since last visit. Saw a couple of logs that might have been tsunami debris but no way to tell.   MORE 
Jul 4, 2012 10:15 AM
Quite a crowd for early in the day. Many families setting up for a full day at the beach w/tents, coolers, chairs, etc. The beach was pretty clean - noticed a lot of styrofoam. Talked to the ranger who said tsunami debris has been washing up mostly after storms - one small boat, lots of buoys and floats, lots of styrofoam. People are taking the buoys/floats as souvenirs. He said lots of people are coming to the beach specifically to look for debris. Didn't seem to be the case today - people engaged in usual beach activities - wading & swimming, building sand castles,walking and sunbathing.   MORE 
periscope at Cape Lookout   
Description:From a distance, this snag looked like either a periscope or the Loch Ness Monster.
Location:Cape Lookout beach, day use area
Mar 7, 2012 11:00 AM
We had never walked this stretch of the beach before without seeing someone. We didn't see much debris washed up, except for some 4 by 4 beams. There was erosion and more trees down from winter storms, and there seemed to be more access to the beach from the trail through the trees.   MORE 
Sep 28, 2011 5:25 PM
It was a lovely, warm day at Cape Lookout SP. There were rocks scattered over the sand - last week there weren't any. Assume it's because of stormy weather last week pulling rocks from cobble. The beach seems to have survived another summer of heavy use with minimal damage.   MORE 
Apr 29, 2011 3:45 PM
A sunny afternoon when we started our walk. So nice to see kids playing in the sand and even going into the water! There were around 30 people on the beach, a fair-sized group of hang & para gliders at Anderson Point and several gliders in the air. The beach was very clean - the only thing we noticed as somewhat unusual were the number of gulls. These were mostly flying in and out and around the treeline - a couple raiding picnic tables. We usually only see a few birds and those are usually on the beach. May just be our timing. In any case, it was nice. We stayed about an hour and as we left the clouds came in.   MORE 
Jan 25, 2011 12:00 PM
A beautiful day at Cape Lookout SP. Saw evidence of a couple of small landslides south of the day use area. Sand high. Remains of wave overtopping in group camp area and day use area. Not much in the way of birds. Beach pretty clean. We counted 18 people and 3 dogs - all well-behaved! New cabins are progressing. Access from beach to campground invisible from the beach - no path until you get to the top of the rocks.   MORE 
Dec 16, 2010 11:00 AM
The park is looking a bit ragged. Bluffs continue to be eaten away exposing more pipes/sandbags. The land-side face of the dune in front of the campground is crumbling. We were told by a camp host that a couple of new cabins are being built and it sounds like yurts and cabins continue to be well-used.   MORE 
Jul 15, 2010 5:00 PM
Cape Lookout State Park was busy, a typical summer weekday. There is not much sand at high tide. There were some hardy girls in wet suits boogie boarding. A mellow crowd.   MORE 
Mar 4, 2010 12:00 PM
A very quiet day at Cape Lookout SP. Seems to have survived the winter with only usual wear and tear although it does seem areas behind beach are more open. The Parks Service has now shored up the foredune with rocks for the entire length of the park.   MORE 
Nov 1, 2009 3:30 PM
A beautiful day with a few people and dogs enjoying the sunshine. The tide was low and there was a great expanse of sand. The beach was pretty clean - not much to see except up by the bordering cliffs/bluffs. There we saw kelp and chunks of mussels. Small rocks that had fallen recently.There were clumps of foam on the beach, but it was very white and light. No sign of the bird problems happening elsewhere. In the campground we could see where they're working to put in a new septic system. There is a new road off the entrance road to Cape Lookout SP that goes up to what we think is the new drainage field.   MORE 
Aug 31, 2009 5:00 PM
Nothing new to report except for the new drainage system for the campground. This will affect areas of the campground over the next few months.   MORE 
Apr 14, 2009 11:00 AM
A lovely day to be at the beach. The ranger reports that there were 12-15 feet more of sand this year. It's good to see so much sand back, but hard to watch the bluffs/dunes continue to erode.   MORE 
Feb 18, 2009 3:00 PM
The beach was remarkably clean, with almost nothing in the driftline. It looks like the shoreline has survived the winter without too much damage this year.   MORE 
Dec 16, 2008 10:30 AM
A beautiful day at the beach. A number of fishing boats visible - one fairly close to shore. Beach littered with trees tossed up by the surf. Road near campground littered with rocks, sand and wood that came over the dune during storm. Public notice by Parks Dept of their intention to install a "dynamic rock berm and beach nourishment system" at beach path near campground. Fairly rapid/serious erosion of dunes/bluffs continues.   MORE 
Nov 24, 2008 3:00 PM
Many seagulls, and a bald eagle. Some erosion continues. We were so happy to see the return of the sand. It seems like there is much more than last year.   MORE 
small landslide   
Description:Small landslide north of Day Use Area, Cape Lookout State Park
Beach erosion   
Description:Erosion of bank below tree line, Cape Lookout State Park
Sep 21, 2008 4:00 PM
A beautiful day for the last day of summer. The driftline had jellyfish, dead crabs, seagrass, kelp, other greenery, and some wood debris. We saw one dead murre.   MORE 
Jul 10, 2008 4:00 AM
We didn't notice much different. There were small rocks with barnacles and kelp attached in the driftline. There were many people (more than 100) on this summer weekday, playing and wading in the surf, walking, picnicing, sitting, playing games on the sand.   MORE 
Jan 18, 2008 4:00 PM
We saw our first sea lion ever in the area. It came on shore onto the rocks, and lay down to rest. No sign that it was injured or sick. The sand is completely gone from the campground area, rocks cover the beach, and a forest of previously buried trees is now visible. The only sand left is south of the day use area.   MORE 
Cape Lookout State Park   
Description:Cape Lookout State Park Beach with old forest exposed.
Location:Just south of campground access
Sea Lion on the beach   
Description:Sea lion resting on rocks at Cape Lookout State Park
Location:Just north of campground access
Nov 10, 2007 2:50 PM
The only major change was in the sand. Whereas the sandy area used to be largest at the access to the campground, now there was little sand there, but large sandy areas to the south (day use area)and to the north. The waterfall to the south was full and lovely.   MORE 
Sep 6, 2007 6:30 PM
No major changes to report. A beautiful fall day with many birds on the beach and flying over the waves. The old folks are reclaiming the sand - saw only 2 school aged kids. The dogs were pretty old too!!!   MORE 
Jul 14, 2007 6:30 PM
A pretty uneventful visit. Lots of people enjoying the beach in appropriate ways. Very little trash. Many people above the beach in picnic areas. The bluff above the beach continues to erode. The picnic areas and trails have been pushed back and are being well maintained. Trail from day use area onto beach disappears each winter, but at present is fairly gentle.   MORE 
Apr 23, 2007 4:30 PM
The only thing that struck us was the salal seemed to be in trouble - leaves brown and dying all thru the area.   MORE 
Mar 14, 2007 12:00 AM
Erosion at Cape Lookout continues. Another chunk of the trail between the day use and group camp areas is gone. Beach was very clean - not much in the drift line - pieces of sand dollar, some crab remnants, pulverized shells. Lots of agates and other rocks. Many fallen trees in picnic/bike camp area.   MORE