Massive King Tides Are Coming Back To Oregon Coast In November

by | Oct 25, 2022 | Featured, Interesting, News, Oregon Coast, Travel, Weather

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Every year when massive king tide waves hit the Oregon coast, photographers gather to take before and after photos to document flooding, erosion, and the impact on where natural and human built environments meet and interact. This year king tides are set to return in November and December, and you can take part in helping document these awe inspiring waves and tides for science.

Oregon King Tides Bring Erosion And Flooding On Oregon Coast

A king tide wave. Photo via Oregon King Tides via Flickr CC2.

What are king tides?  King tides are higher than normal tides that usually occur during a full moon or new moon around the world.  The term king tide itself isn't a scientific name for the phenomenon, but it's widely used across the United States to represent these tides that bring massive waves, flooding, and erosion, which is a serious issue for coastal communities.

Oregon coast before king tide flooding

Before a king tide on Youngs river Road. Photo by Elisa Carlsen via Oregon King Tides Project via Flickr CC2.

Every year the Oregon King Tides Project, put on by CoastWatch and the Oregon Coastal Management Program enlists photographers to document king tides as they come up over roads, fields and sidewalks.

Flooding on Oregon Coast After A King Tide

After a king tide on Youngs River Road. Photo by Elisa Carlsen via Oregon King Tides via Flickr CC2.

Photographers take before and after photos of coastal areas known to flood and then submit their photos to the Oregon King Tides Project to see where the tides are reaching.

Huge king tide waves on the Oregon coast. Photo by Bill Young via Flickr CC2.

Each year around 400 photos are submitted to the Oregon King Tides Project, creating a database showing the impact of these tides.

How To Participate In The Oregon King Tides Project?

A comparison photo before high tides. Photo via Oregon King Tides via Flickr CC2.

The 'participate tab' on the Oregon King Tides website shares details on how you can participate in the project and submit your photos for research purposes. Photographers will need to go out at the peak of each high tide on king tide days and capture photos of coastal areas in Oregon prone to flooding. The focus should be on photos where there are familiar landmarks so regular high tide and king tide photos can be compared against landmarks.

A comparison photo after high tides. Photo via Oregon King Tides via Flickr CC2.

Photographers will then submit their photos to the Oregon King Tides Project. Find out where to submit your photos under the 'participate' tab of You can also learn more about the project at various events being held through the end of October and in November under the 'event' tab of the Oregon King Tides website.

Flooding at the main intersection in Nehalem Oregon. Unseen is the Nehalem river behind the buildings in the photograph. This photo was taken a couple hours after the king tide on November 15th, 2020. Photo via Oregon King Tides via Flickr CC2.

This year there will be a photo contest hosted in conjunction with the Oregon Coast Visitors Association. All photos submitted must be from the 2022 to 2023 season and winners will be chosen in February of 2023. There are four categories in this years king tide photo contest including:

  • High tide vs king tide comparison
  • Coastal Erosion
  • King Tide Waves
  • Coastal Flooding

Flooding. Photo via Oregon King Tides via Flickr CC2.

For more information on the Oregon King Tides Project and how you can get involved, you can contact Jesse Jones at (503) 989-7244 or email [email protected].

When Are The King Tides In Oregon In 2022?

Massive waves at Shore Acres State Park / via Danielle Denham @thepdxphotographer

Check out the tide map here, and mark the following dates on your calendar for upcoming king tides on the Oregon coast:

  • November 24th - 26th, 2022
  • December 22nd - 24th, 2022
  • January 20th - 22nd, 2023

King Tides Oregon Coast 2022 Information

via Danielle Denham / thePDXphotographer

Safety is very important when visiting the Oregon coast, especially when you're going during a king tide or to photograph waves. Visiting the Oregon coast is an at-your-own-risk activity. Please keep in mind:

  • Wet surfaces are slippery and can send you into the ocean.
  • Always be aware of your surroundings.
  • Know the weather conditions before you go and prepare for inclement weather.
  • Always obey safety signs.
  • Stay behind guard rails and fences.
  • Do not climb down cliffs or get too close to edges near the water as massive waves can shoot up into the air where you're standing.
  • Photographers should stay off the beach and take photos from a distance during high tides and king tides. These photos are NOT worth losing your life over.
King Tides Oregon

At the Depoe Bay Whale Watching Center. Photo via Oregon King Tides via Flickr CC2.

Get more information about King Tides Project (international) here.

Have you ever been on the Oregon coast and seen the massive king tides? Have you participated in the Oregon King Tides Project before? Let us know in a comment and share your photos with us.

"King tides Oregon"

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Written By Jessica Tomlinson

Jessica Tomlinson is a native Oregonian currently living in Southern Oregon. She has been blogging since 2006. She loves nature, photography, hiking, camping, and exploring Oregon's wilds.

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