Ilwaco Things to Do
The museum features displays relating to local history. This includes a very nice representative collection of artifacts from the Chinook Indian Tribe (not recognized due to problems in the 1850s getting a treaty through congress that would allow them to be recognized). Artifacts from more recent years are also displayed, ranging from a condensed...more
The Discovery Trail runs from the north end of Long Beach to Ilwaco, through Cape Disappointment State Park and paralleling the ocean beach.The nature of the trail between Beard's Hollow and Ilwaco is quite different than the rest of the trail.From ilwaco going west to the park, the trail starts off with a steep climb up what is essentially a...more
Marked on some maps as a road named "Waterfront Way", this paved path is actually closed to most vehicles most of the time. This creates a waterfront oriented walkway that is transformed into the Ilwaco Saturday Market on summer weekends. The walkway is quite short, but it is a good way to explore the waterfront businesses along the Ilwaco marina....more
On the south side of the Ilwaco marina you will find two boat ramps that are open to the public. There is a self-service fee station right at the end of the ramp. There are floating piers to allow easy access to the boat while it is being backed in.Don't look for boat ramp information on the Port of Ilwaco web site. It is referred to as the...more
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)...more
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...more
Ilwaco Saturday Market: Assortment of Crafts, Food and Plants
Running east to west along the paved frontage walkway that separates the Port of Ilwaco and related structures from the harbor itself, the Ilwaco Saturday Market runs every Saturday from May to September. Here you will find an assortment of gifts, crafts, food, and plants. While not entirely 100% local (there are a few vendors that come from the northern Oregon coast and other not so close locations), it is basically all local people and certainly all items on sale here are made in Oregon or Washington at the very furthest away.
Adding to the overall color of the event, there are permanent restaurants, stores, art galleries and other businesses (including a walk-up fish canning business and a wood turning shop) along the walkway as well.Related to:
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Ilwaco Warnings and Dangers
Potential for a Tsunami
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.Add to your Trip Planner
Ilwaco Off The Beaten Path
Located directly south of the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum, there is a pathway that leads from the museum parking lot into this small park.The park has two sections: one is a small plaza dedicated to the remembrance of those lost at sea. Ilwaco is the closest city with water access to the Columbia River and the dangerous entrance to the Pacific...more
Somehow, Ilwaco has managed to keep its old firehouse intact. The structure is badly in need of restoration, but it at least is still standing. This at least gives you some idea of how structures in the early years of Ilwaco looked.The building is located at Lake Street and Myrtle Avenue, which is essentially directly behind the new firehouse.more
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