Mile 274

Cape Lookout SP
Tillamook County

Latitude: 45.360090170109
Longitude: -123.973380464590
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  • 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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Cape Lookout SP
Mile 274 Reports (53)


January 1, 2023 - rogans

It was a sunny, but chilly, New Years day. About 50 brave (or insane) souls braved a quick dip in the more

  • polar dip
  • polar dip
  • polar dip


December 5, 2022 - rogans

It was a beautiful, sunny, calm day on the more

November 20, 2022 - rogans

Another mostly sunny day on the beach - In November!read more

June 8, 2022 - rogans

A plesant day to be on the beach. read more

April 14, 2022 - rogans

A brisk but partly sunny afternoon. Despite the upcoming weekend, there were not many people around. Patches of the surf are still full of seaweed, but less so than a week more


November 17, 2021 - rogans

While there was quite a bit of storm debris on the beach, there was no evidence of more

September 23, 2021 - allison

The sand dune that protects the campground is just falling away and revealing an odd collection of large white plastic bags and black landscape cloth that is shredding and flopping around in the wind. Seriously ugly. read more

  • plastice bags where the sand has washed away
July 19, 2021 - rogans

A pleasant day to be on the more

May 20, 2021 - rogans

A pleasant day to be on the beach. Conditions were good for paragliding, and a number were in the air above the more


December 24, 2020 - rogans

It was a beautiful sunny day on the beach. A number of people and dogs were making the most if it.

The recent high tides have resulted in new erosion of the dunes (see photos). The high tides and storms have also resulted in a profusion of plastic debris mostly washed more

  • Erosion
  • Erosion
  • Erosion
  • Overtopping
December 22, 2020 - CharmerDale

I saw no human activity on this mile, but saw lots of erosion from the ocean!read more

  • Erosion at Cape Lookout SP
  • Beach access trail
September 28, 2020 - rogans

A great day to be on the beach - perhaps one of the last before the weather changes more


October 22, 2019 - rogans

After days of rain the skies cleared providing a sunny afternoon on the more

September 5, 2019 - rogans

Today was a perfect beach day. Given that schools are now in session there were only 20 people on the beach either wallking or sunbathing. I picked up litter but given the busy laborday weekend there was less than I more

March 11, 2019 - rogans

I perfect sunny, but brisk, day on the more


December 3, 2018 - rogans

It is an unusually clear and sunny day - not a cloud in sight and no wind.

Despite the first storm of the season, not much has changed. The spit continues to erode slowly. The beach sand is also being eroded as per the winter tides. The rocks that were more

October 2, 2018 - rogans

It was mostly a brsik but sunny afternoon. A few people were out on the beach enjoying the last of the summer weather.

There are still some brown pelicans in the area. A couple were seen foraging just beyond the more

June 3, 2018 - rogans

The driftline contained an unusual amount of  dead Velella velella in some more

February 5, 2018 - rogans

Today was my first visit with a camera since the January storms. Most of the mile is part of Cape Lookout State Park. There has been considerable damage to parts of the park itself. The spit has been seriously eroded in places. Wave overtopped the spit north of the more

January 9, 2018 - rogans


October 14, 2017 - rogans

It was a brisk but cloudless day. People were on the beach enjoying what might be the last good beach day of the more

May 19, 2017 - rogans

This Friday was one of the first in a while with perfect beach weather. Most of the persons observed on the beach were enjoying walking. The beach was remarkably free of litter since the clean up was only a few weeks more


October 22, 2016 - annjohn

It was a sunny day after a week of wind and rain. Hence a number of people were on the beach enjoying the break in the weather. Despite the predicted magnitude of the storm, little damage was observed on our mile. Some new logs have washed in (see photos) more

April 10, 2016 - rogans

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 more

  • Exposed rocks, 	Beach adjoining Cape Lookout picnic area
  • Exposed rocks Oregon Shores
  • Although much of the debris left by the December storms has been removed, patches still remain,
  • The bluffs along the picnic area are continuing to erode.
  • As recently as one month ago this whole area was beach. The erosion has allowed people to explore the newly formed tide pools.


December 19, 2015 - rogans

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 more

  • Washed up crab pot
  • Debris from storm
  • Debris from storm, Near Cape Lookout campgrund
  • Washed out beach access road
  • Before the storm, none of the rocks were visible. This photo is typical of the dunes along the campground and spit.
  • Collapsed bluff south of creek
  • Mouth of creek
  • Notice the recently erected safety fence has itself fallen due to subsequent sluffs.
  • Eroded bluffs
  • Eroded bluffs, South of Cape Lookout picnic site
  • These logs were deposited at the top of the dune between the road to the campsite and the beach.
November 28, 2015 - rogans

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). more

  • OSU wave energy project equipment
October 5, 2015 - rogans
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 more


March 23, 2014 - tomanderica
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 more


June 22, 2013 - tomanderica
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 more


December 30, 2012 - tomanderica
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 more
August 28, 2012 - tomanderica
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 more
July 4, 2012 - tomanderica
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 more
  • From a distance, this snag looked like either a periscope or the Loch Ness Monster.
March 7, 2012 - tomanderica
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 more


September 28, 2011 - tomanderica
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 more
April 29, 2011 - tomanderica
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 more
January 25, 2011 - tomanderica
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 more


December 16, 2010 - tomanderica
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 more
July 15, 2010 - tomanderica
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 more
March 4, 2010 - tomanderica
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 more


November 1, 2009 - tomanderica
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 more
August 31, 2009 - tomanderica
Nothing new to report except for the new drainage system for the campground. This will affect areas of the campground over the next few more
April 14, 2009 - tomanderica
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 more
February 18, 2009 - tomanderica
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 more


December 16, 2008 - tomanderica
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 more
November 24, 2008 - tomanderica
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 more
  • Small landslide north of Day Use Area, Cape Lookout State Park
  • Erosion of bank below tree line, Cape Lookout State Park
September 21, 2008 - tomanderica
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 more
July 10, 2008 - tomanderica
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 more
January 18, 2008 - tomanderica
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 more
  • Cape Lookout State Park Beach with old forest exposed.
  • Sea lion resting on rocks at Cape Lookout State Park


November 10, 2007 - tomanderica
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 more
September 6, 2007 - tomanderica
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!!!read more
July 14, 2007 - tomanderica
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 more
April 23, 2007 - tomanderica
The only thing that struck us was the salal seemed to be in trouble - leaves brown and dying all thru the more
March 14, 2007 - tomanderica
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 more