Newport raises funds to rebuild its sea lion docks, destroyed by winter storms

by | Feb 14, 2023 | Adventures, Featured, Newport, News, Western Oregon

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During the winter storms last December, one of Newport's most popular tourist attractions suffered a serious blow and it is now in the process of rebuilding the docks and bringing back the blubbery mammals.

Some docks drifted away and others were destroyed, according to Jannel Goplen, president of the Newport Sea Lion Foundation.

“We had just installed new docks four months prior, they had never been through a storm quite this,” Goplen told OPB, who owns Clearwater Restaurant overlooking the docks. “We ended up finding docks a couple miles away.”

Tourists have long been drawn to Newport's waterfront by the gigantic animals, Goplen said.

So far, Newport Sea Lion Foundation has raised about half of its goal of raising $24,000 for four new docks. Before the Newport Seafood and Wine Festival begins on Feb. 23, Goplen hopes to have one dock in place.

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Written By Tyler James

Tyler James, founder of That Oregon Life, is a true Oregon native whose love for his state runs deep. Since the inception of the blog in 2013, his unbridled passion for outdoor adventures and the natural beauty of Oregon has been the cornerstone of his work. As a father to two beautiful children, Tyler is always in pursuit of new experiences to enrich his family’s life. He curates content that not only reflects his adventures but also encourages others to set out and create precious memories in the majestic landscapes of Oregon. Tyler's vision and guidance are integral to his role as publisher and editor, shaping the blog into a source of inspiration for exploring the wonders of Oregon.

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