When the holidays are over that means storm watching season is upon us. If you're looking for excitement and adventure this winter, you'll want to head to Oregon's adventure coast just a few hours from Portland to watch massive waves that can reach up to 300 feet high! The raw fury and beauty of these waves is just insane, and it's an experience you won't want to miss.
Winter Adventure On The Oregon Coast
Winter waves on the Oregon coast resulting from Pacific storms can be quite a show. Some of these waves reach up to 300 feet high as winter storms rage. What better way to spend a weekend than gazing at the Pacific Ocean's majestic fury and dramatic waves?
Seasoned storm watchers know that some of the best viewing spots on the Oregon Coast dot the rugged coastline around Coos Bay, North Bend, Charleston and at the state parks surrounding these areas. The best time to go is when swells are predicted to be high so be sure to check the local extended forecast.
One amazing place to watch is at Shore Acres State Park. There's a designated viewing area that offers breathtaking views for storm watchers. On rainy days there's even a storm watching hut to keep people safe and dry. Check out these videos of huge waves at Shore Acres State Park and other parks in the area.
Another great local storm watching spot is at the bluff overlooking Bastendorff Beach and Sunset Bay State Park along Cape Arago Highway. Sunset Bay State Park features a protected beach, with tidepools exposed at low tide. Due to geography the beach at Sunset Bay State Park is one of the safest beaches to walk on in winter since it has land on three sides and an island that slows incoming waves.
What You Need To Know When Watching Winter Storms At The Coast
The gigantic Pacific Ocean waves breaking across the cliffs are so spectacular that visitors plan all year to experience the power of mother nature as she continues to reshape the land. It’s exciting to get close to the action, but it's important to know how to stay safe when watching huge waves and winter storms on the Oregon coast. Here are a few tips to stay safe and fully enjoy your storm watching trip to the coast:
- Never turn your back on the ocean.
- Always watch from safe viewing areas.
- Pack quality rain gear. Also wear light, waterproof jackets and sweaters to help keep cool damp wind and air out.
- Dress in layers.
- Wear waterproof hiking boots if you plan to hike and explore.
- Don't forget your camera if you plan to snap some photos or videos of the storm! Having a waterproof camera is the best idea!
- If you want to get a better view, consider bringing binoculars to view the spectacular waves.
- Be aware that some state parks charge fees for parking or access.
You can find more information about watching winter storms on the Southern Oregon coast here.
On your winter storm watching trip to the Oregon coast you're sure to have a one of a kind experience you and your loved ones won't soon forget. Tag the friends and family you want to take on a storm watching trip, and let us know in an comment where your favorite place to view winter coastal storms is.