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Located in Cape Disapointment State Park, North Head Light stands on a bluff overlooking the Pacific ocean. Much of the surrounding land is beach and the gently rising beaches of the ancient shorelines. A few bluffs stand high above the beach overlooking the Pacific. Here, are the lighthouses.
From it's perch, you look out over 20 miles (32 k) towards the western horizon. To the north, the beach stretches as far as the eye can see. Southward, is the Pacific and a little to the east you may catch a glimpse of the low breakwall forming the northern border to the Columbia River.
The lighthouse is often open with a volunteer seated in the latern room. Climb up the circling stairs and extend your view. The
Updated Nov 13, 2007
Address: End of North Head Road
It has been a long day and when we arrived at the parking area for the Cape Disappointment Light, we found it was a mile plus (1.6+ k) up a gently rising slope, through a thick pine forest. It would have been a wonderful walk, but we just weren't up to the walk. Instead, we headed to the visitor center (Lewis and Clark). They use the same parking lot. And what do you know, there from the patio of the visitor center, overlooking the Pacific Ocean, we noticed the lighthouse standing on the next bluff. What a wonderful surprise. Of course, we'd have to walk the trail to get up close, but it's a beautiful sight, standing high above the ocean, marking the northern point of the Columbia River mouth.
Updated Nov 13, 2007
The Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center is high on the cliffs of Cape Disappointment State Park, 200 feet above the Pacific. A series of mural-sized "timeline" panels guide visitors through the westward journey of the Lewis and Clark Expedition using sketches, paintings, photographs and the words of Corps members themselves. An observation deck has great views of the river, headlands and sea. You can also see the Cape Disappointment Lighthouse from here. Additional displays focus on local maritime and military history.
Hours of Operation
The Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center is open year round. For specific seasonal operating hours please call the park office at (360) 642-3029.
Admission into the center is $3 per adult and $1 per child ages 7 to 17. Children ages 6 and under enter for free.
Written Apr 6, 2007
The marina and docks in Ilwaco are serene and there are still enough boats to go ooh and ahh over.
Local shops and restaurants provide a good derversion.
The boats are an art form in and of themselves but there is a small park ton the Eastern approach to the marina that has more typical art and it is never crowded......as if no one knows about it.
Written Dec 16, 2005
Address: go south til you can't go no more
The Pacific Coast is Tsunami country. While the last 'significant' tsunami was in 1963, there is evidence that the shore has been struck many times before. Look for the Tsunami highway markers, showing the way out in case of a warning. Be sure to read the brochures about Tsunami's so you will know how the area provide advanced notice to visitors.
The best evidence of a pending Tsunami is if the waters retreat from the shoreline, leaving a wide breath of sand between you and the ocean. %S$Get in your car and head inland
Cascadia Region Earthquake Workgroup (CREW)
IF YOU FEEL A STRONG EARTHQUAKE WHICH LASTS A LONG TIME WHEN YOU ARE ON THE COAST:
Protect yourself during the earthquake. Duck, cover and hold if inside and watch for falling objects if outside until the earthquake is over.
Move to higher ground immediately. Gather your family members and evacuate quickly. Leave everything else behind. A tsunami may be coming within minutes. Go on foot if at all possible. If there is no high ground, move inland away from the coastline.
DO NOT WAIT FOR AN OFFICIAL WARNING
Stay away from the coast. A later wave may be higher than the first! Damaging waves may continue to arrive even hours later.
Listen to your radio. Wait until an official all clear signal has been given before returning to low-lying areas.
Never go to the coast to watch for a tsunami if you hear that a warning has been issued. Tsunamis move faster than a person can run. Also, incoming traffic hampers safe and timely evacuation of coastal areas.
An earthquake in your area is a natural tsunami warning. Do not stay in low-lying coastal areas after a strong earthquake has been felt.
Damaging tsunamis are very rare. Our coastlines are vulnerable but tsunamis are infrequent. Understand the hazard and learn how to protect yourself, but don't let the threat of tsunamis ruin your enjoyment of the beach.
Written Nov 13, 2007