Van Buren Light House

963 S Hemlock Street, Cannon Beach, OR, 97110
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Low Tide

by tarced

Hi everyone (again)!

My husband read that at low tide you can walk out to Haystack Rock. We will be there about 1 hour after the lowest tide - is that too late to be able to walk out to it?

Many thanks in advance for your responses!

Re: Low Tide

by glabah

You'll want to be really careful with that. People have a nasty habit of getting stuck out there.

There are actually 3 Haystack Rocks in Oregon, but one is more famous than the rest:
see section "other Haystack Rocks"
My assumption is you are talking about the most famous of the rocks.

An hour would be really pushing it, I think. Depends on how rough the water is at the time as well as how deep.

Re: Low Tide

by dengay

It also depends on how low the tide is. If it is a minus tide when you are there(for example -1.3) then your chances will be better. The lower the tide the better. There is about a 45 minute period of slack water (little tidal change) at both the high and low tide that gives you extra time.

If you are able to view the tide pools at the base, PLEASE pay attention to the ocean. As the previous poster pointed out, people can and do get stranded when all of a sudden they look up and see the tide has come in and surrounded them.

Travel Tips for Cannon Beach

Chamber Information Center

by ZanieOR

A general tip (though not my favorite thing) is to visit the Cannon Beach Chamber of Commerce information center.
There you will find free brochures, a whole magazine about Cannon Beach, souvenirs, post cards and someone to answer questions about Cannon Beach.
The information center is sited in a very attractive building -- in line with the rest of the town -- at 2nd and Spruce, right next to a large public parking area and on a main drag.
The chamber is very active in the community, and is the sponsor of such things as Sandcastle Day in June and the Stormy Weather arts festival in November.
Its self-proclaimed mission is to not only promote a healthy business environment for Cannon Beach, but one that is protective of the aesthetics and livability of the town.

Visit the chamber's Web site at (there's lots of information and links!) and e-mail at

A town of Flowers

by Cbeachfan

While the beach is wonderful, I've never been anywhere that has more beautiful displays of flowers than the four block long "downtown" section of Cannon Beach. The variety of flowers is truly breath taking. The way the beach changes with every turning of the tide.

Vacationers and Retreat Seekers

by GuthrieColin

Cannon Beach has only 1,600 permanent residents according to a recent census. It does, however, see around 750,000 visitors per year. Of those visitors many only stay for a few days to relax and enjoy the scenery. I suspect that many of them also stay at beach houses.
When you walk the beach you will see many of the houses are very quaint and inviting. You may even think that this place would be a great place to have a vacation home. When you get into town you will find many real estate magazines and possibilities for time shares. It is truly a town for leisure.

Surfing in Oregon

by ZanieOR

The last time I was in Cannon Beach walking along the ocean in October I saw a speck way off in the middle of the waves, and with my binoculars finally saw that it was a surfer. I kept watching -- and losing him -- in the waves, trying to get a decent photo, and then another surfer walked through the waves to join him.
I always think of surfing as being a tropical, even though I guess I knew some crazy people braved cold, frigid, icy Oregon waves. A wet suit is 100 percent necessary -- thermal if possible. That ocean is coooold!
A surf board.
And whatever else surfers need.

I did notice a surf shop in town, but didn't look inside, so I don't know if they rent surfing equipment or not.

Chapman Point

by Cbeachfan

At the far north end of the beach, Chapman point is often overlooked due to the fact that you have to cross Ecola Creek and wade across sand bar areas to get there. The point has many impressive caves and tunnels, and is a great place for birding, with Bird Islands just west of it. It is best explored at a minus tide. This photo was taken at a minus 1.7 tide. Don't get caught north of the point too long after the tide turns.


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 Van Buren Light House

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Address: 963 S Hemlock Street, Cannon Beach, OR, 97110