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CoastWatch Mile 336
DescriptionColumbia Beach, Peter Iredale wreck, Fort Stevens SP
Boundaries N 46° 11.271', W 123° 59.172' to N 46° 10.488', W 123° 58.691'
Google MapsNearby Roads, Directions to/from, Google photos, Satellite image, Terrain overlay
OPRD MapColumbia River to Necanicum River (1)
Vehicles• Motor vehicle travel is prohibited on the ocean shore between the hours of 12:01 p.m. and 12:00 midnight, from May 1 through September 15, from the south jetty of the Columbia River (46° 13.5216', Mile 340), southerly to the Peter Iredale Road (46° 10.6950', Mile 336).
• Motor vehicle travel is allowed at any time between the Peter Iredale Road (46° 10.6950', Mile 336), southerly to the beach ramp at Gearhart (46° 01.8570', Mile 326).
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TidesThe NOAA Tide Predictions site may be found here. Click on the station nearest to your location to see predicted tides in graphical and tabular formats.


Disappearing wreck   3/30/14
Peter Iredale. Car on beach was in an allowed area/time.
Judy Benson

Judy Benson
Mar 30, 2014 10:00 AM
Mostly sunny day at the beach, last weekend of spring vacation so lots of families having a nice day at the beach. No issues observed with inappropriate activity, beach was clean, no changes over prior visits.   MORE 
Disappearing wreck   
Description:Peter Iredale. Car on beach was in an allowed area/time.
Location:Fort Stevens state park
People playing on the beach   
Description:Spring break on the beach at Fort Stevens state park
Location:Fort Stevens state park
Peter Iredale   
Description:Wreck of the Peter Iredale, up close and personal
Location:Fort Stevens state park
Date:Mar 30, 2014 12:00 AM
Shifting sands   
Description:Mound of sand on the beach at the end of the winter season. Much higher than in previous visits
Location:Fort Stevens state park
Judy Benson
Oct 12, 2013 1:45 PM
Beautiful fall day at the beach. Three day weekend so lots of people staying at Ft. Stevens campground, having a nice day on the beach. No concerns identified with human or other activity.   MORE 
Judy Benson
Mar 30, 2013 10:00 AM
Spring Beach clean up day, with many people and vehicles on beach.   MORE 
Judy Benson
Sep 29, 2012 1:00 PM
Beautiful day at Fort Stevens park. Lots of people on the beach just enjoying the day. Noticed larger quantity than normal of small debris (styrafom, line, etc) and shells, perhaps the beginning of the tsunami trash but it not so much it was really noticeable unless you were watching for it (as I was). Attached is a photo of some random driftwood art.   MORE 
Driftwood art   
Description:Just a nice little piece of randomly created art above the tide line.
Location:About 1/4 north of the wreck of the Peter Iredale at Fort Stevens state park
Judy Benson
Apr 15, 2012 10:00 AM
Check out the photos. We visited the week after the beach clean up so things were very clean. No debris. No dead birds or animals, nothing washed up. Fairly early in the day so not too much activity on the beach. Pretty nice day, not rainy or windy and not too cold. But very cool was to see a mature bald eagle on the beach. He was eating something on the beach when we first saw him and flew a short distance away as a truck drove by, but didn't leave. He stayed on the beach the whole time we walked; he would move around but didn't leave for quite awhile and as the photos show, he moved out onto the sand. Eventually he flew over the dunes, probably hunting. Really nice thing to see on the beach!   MORE 
Eagle on the beach #1   
Description:Fort Stevens state park, just a little north of the Peter Iredale wreck.
Eagle on the beach #2   
Description:Same general location, Fort Stevens state park
Eagle flying along beach   
Description:Eagle moving up the beach at Fort Stevens state park
Judy Benson
Oct 30, 2011 10:37 AM
Stormy day at the end of October. Not terribly cold but it was wet so hardly any human activity. Beach was clean of debris and marine life.   MORE 
Wreck of the Peter Iredale   
Description:Rainy day at the beach.
Location:Fort Stevens State Park
Judy Benson
Feb 13, 2011 10:15 AM
Winter day at the state park. Had been very rainy the day before, campground was not very busy. Tide quite high but we've seen worse on our observations. Not much action. People standing around, one group of crazy teenagers running into the surf. Pretty clean.   MORE 
Judy Benson
Oct 23, 2010 10:45 AM
In the course of our walk a very wet storm arrived. We started dry and ended up soaked. The few people on the people were mostly standing or doing short walks, no one in the water or playing. Tide was high and water getting rough. No debris to speak of but lots of wood and logs on the beach. Saw some dead birds which is not usual but they were spread out on the beach and it didn't look like any single cause, just normal birds dying. Also, saw some small groups of shore birds flying and landing (snowy plovers?) which we hadn't seen in a while and was nice to see. I hope we will see more.   MORE 
Judy Benson
Jun 27, 2010 9:30 AM
The tide was the lowest I've ever seen it in any of our visits over the years. The tide was so far out the Peter Iredale was available to all with lots of beach between it and the waves. Many people were clamming - didn't seem them bringing anything in but they were trying! Lots of cars on the beach were also seen; it was during the time they were allowed but it was by far the most ever observed. The beach was very clean (I think the beach cleanup was the prior week). Overall nice day and a nice walk.   MORE 
Judy Benson
Feb 14, 2010 12:40 PM
This was a very stormy weekend, the sun happened to come out during our mile walk, but it had been raining a lot the previous day, and that morning. Three day weekend so good crowds. The tide was higher than we've ever seen it. There really was no beach to walk on, we had to walk along the base of the dunes through the driftwood and there was lots of it, plus some major logs being moved about! Mostly people were just standing at the edge of the parking lot watching the waves. The wreck of the Peter Iredale was not accessible - the water was too rough and deep. As a result of the stormy weather there was lots of debris on the beach; man made and natural.Pretty awful but not too surprising. No cars on the beach this time because there was no beach!   MORE 
Judy Benson
Sep 26, 2009 11:45 AM
Nice late summer day. Lots of horses on the beach this time. And truck driving through the primary beach access area; they are allowed but seem unnecessary in my opinion. No noted issues with sealife, debris or destruction.   MORE 
Judy Benson
May 9, 2009 12:30 PM
Nice day at the beach. Not too crowded but certainly not empty. People doing the normal Fort Stevens beach stuff; walking, looking at the wreck, etc. Trucks were on the beach in the allowed area, a few drove on and off the sand a few times during our observation. No noted marine life or bird. Everything was clean.   MORE 
Judy Benson
Nov 29, 2008 1:30 PM
It was a rainy, late November day. People were on the beach right near the Peter Iredale wreck but not much beyond that. A few trucks drove onto the beach where it was allowed but did not go any further, the tide was high. The beach was clean, not much human debris or marine debris either. No photos taken, too wet to get the camera out.   MORE 
Judy Benson
Sep 27, 2008 11:30 AM
It was a beautiful September day at the beach. Lots of people at the Peter Iredale area. Mostly standing around. Head north 50 yards however and the crowds thinned dramatically, just a few people walking on the beach. Very clean, no issues notes.   MORE 
Day at mile 336   
Description:A beautiful day at the Peter Iredale in Fort Stevens State Park
Location:Wreck of the Peter Iredale
Judy Benson
Jun 1, 2008 11:30 AM
In this mile the bulk of the action if around the wreck of the Peter Iredale, almost all activity ceases away from that small section of beach. That was where almost all the people, dogs and activity was centered - except for a couple of cars (one was a small RV) that had to drive north beyond the wreck. Beach was clean of both natural and manmade debris. Forgot our camera, no photo this time.   MORE