Travel Lane County
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Adventure Center/Visitor Information: 3312 Gateway St • Springfield OR (Open daily 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.)
Downtown Eugene Visitor Center: 754 Olive St • Eugene OR (Open Monday-Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.)
Mailing Address: PO Box 10286 • Eugene OR 97440
Storm Watching on the Oregon Coast
|Wind-whipped waves and churning surf bring storm-watching visitors, storm chasers and county residents to the Oregon Coast each winter, anxious to see the spectacular mix of crashing water, heavy rain and gusting winds. |
Here are some tips for a safe and fun storm watching adventure from Florence Oregon to Yachats:
Where to Go
- Any of the viewpoints on the stretch of highway between Yachats and Florence offer a spectacular view of waves crashing against the Oregon Coast's rocky outcroppings.
- The high cliffs between Heceta Head Lighthouse and Cape Perpetua offer both a dramatic view and the safety of being perched high above the crashing surf.
- The most enjoyable storm watching is from the safety of a warm, cozy hotel room with a full ocean front view. Bring binoculars and curl up with a warm drink by the window to watch the stunning display of nature's fury.
- Wind gusts over 50 mph and sneaker waves towering over 30 feet can sweep you out to sea at a moment's notice. Always stay away from sea cliffs when the wind is strong enough that walking is difficult, and never turn your back on the ocean.
- Massive waves can unexpectedly throw logs and other debris through the air - another reason to keep your distance from the crashing surf.
- Discover an assortment of sea treasures while beachcombing after the storm has passed - just keep watch for large waves, which can remain even after the winds have died down.
- Visit Tripcheck.com for Oregon Coast road conditions and weather alerts.