King Tide Project, First Series

November 4, 2017 - November 6, 2017
Anywhere on the Oregon coast

King Tide at Horsfall Beach near North Bend.\Photo by Susan Ferguson.
King Tide at Horsfall Beach near North Bend.\Photo by Susan Ferguson.

The first round of the 2017-2018 King Tide Project, through which volunteer photographers document the highest tides of the year, takes place November 4-6.  (The other two high-tide series the project will cover will be December 3-5, and January 2-4, 2018.)  The project reveals areas currently prone to flooding, but more important, gives us a preview of the coast in coming decades as sea level rises due to climate change.

See our article on the project, mark your calendars, and plan to participate.  The estimated moment of the highest reach of the tide on the first day of this series is 12:29 p.m. on Nov. 4 at Depoe Bay, but of course the time will vary slightly for other locations on that day, and change for the other days in the tide sequence.  Information on how to participate and post photos can be found on the project’s website,  A link to tide tables can also be found there.  Of course, photographers aren't asked to take their photos at exactly the moment of the highest tide, but shots should be clustered around that time.

The results from previous years are available for view on a special Flickr site:[email protected]/albums

For information about the project, contact Fawn Custer, CoastWatch volunteer coordinator, at (541) 270-0027, [email protected], or Meg Reed, DLCD’s Coastal Shores Specialist, at (541) 574-0811, [email protected].