Today Marks the Start of Stunning King Tides on the Oregon Coast

by | Jan 11, 2024 | News, Oregon Coast, Travel, Weather

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If you're in the mood for adventure, don't miss an exhilarating event kicking off today, January 11th, along the scenic Oregon coast – the start of the King Tides. These are no ordinary high tides; they're a magnificent exhibition of nature's strength, occurring globally multiple times a year. Today promises a truly spectacular show. This awe-inspiring natural phenomenon, continuing until the 13th, provides a unique opportunity to witness the immense power of nature in action.

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 phrase "king tide" isn't an official scientific term, yet it's commonly used throughout the United States to describe these exceptional tides known for their enormous waves, flooding, and the erosion they cause. This presents a significant challenge for communities along the coast.

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A statue depicting 'Joe the Sea Lion' gets submerged at the SW 35th Street beach entrance in Lincoln City. Image captured by Nicole Smith, courtesy of the Oregon King Tides Project.

Picture the thrill visitors experience as they witness these mighty tides. Watching waves crash with dramatic force, soaring 20 to 30 feet above the rocks, is an absolutely breathtaking spectacle. The sheer power and beauty of nature in this display is something truly awe-inspiring.

In Lincoln City, while the tides may not always seem as imposing, they still offer valuable lessons about our coast's future, particularly in the context of rising sea levels. This is a key focus of the Oregon King Tides Project. The project uses photos from community members to track tide levels at different coastal locations, helping us understand and prepare for future changes. For photography lovers, participating in this project could be rewarding as there are prizes to be won in various categories!

After today's start, the King Tides will also be prominent on February 8-10. It's an excellent opportunity to witness the sheer power of nature, but safety should always come first. Bezore advises staying off the beaches during these tides and being cautious of unpredictable sneaker waves.

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

The onset of the King Tides along the Oregon Coast today is more than a mesmerizing spectacle; it serves as a powerful reminder of our ever-changing environment. It beckons us to not just watch, but to also understand and adapt. If you find yourself on the coast, seize this opportunity to experience these incredible tides. However, always keep safety at the forefront. Let's embrace and admire the stunning beauty and might of the ocean!

For those seeking the ultimate winter storm and king tide watching experience, here's a guide to some of the most sought-after spots along the Oregon Coast:

Top Picks for Storm Watching on the North Oregon Coast

  • Discover the rugged beauty of Fort Stevens State Park, nestled near Astoria.
  • Enjoy the scenic wonders of Ecola State Park and Oswald West State Park, both close to Cannon Beach.
  • Stroll along the Seaside Promenade for an unforgettable oceanfront view.
  • Venture to Cape Meares State Scenic Viewpoint, located near Oceanside, for stunning vistas.
  • Experience the natural charm of Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area in Pacific City.

Central Oregon Coast's Must-Visit Storm Watching Locations

  • Witness the ocean's fury at Depoe Bay, a haven for storm enthusiasts.
  • Explore Yaquina Bay Outstanding Natural Area in Newport, known for its picturesque setting.
  • Cape Perpetua Scenic Area, near Yachats, offers a breathtaking backdrop for storm watching.
  • The Heceta Head Lighthouse State Scenic Viewpoint, close to Florence, combines historical charm with coastal beauty.

These locations promise an unforgettable experience of nature's raw power, whether you're there for the king tides or the exhilarating winter storms.

Where To Stay Near Lincoln City

salishan coastal lodge

Looking for a great place to stay for your float-finding adventure? Salishan Coastal Lodge has the best spa on the Oregon coast, not to mention outdoor firepits, golf course, a cozy fireplace in every room, jaw dropping views and an aerial adventure park. Book your stay now, and enjoy everything Oregon's central coast has to offer.

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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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