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Beach Safety

Driving on the Beach

Our beaches are beautiful, but you must use caution. They are considered highways and the speed limit is 25 MPH. Always be aware of traffic and please don’t drive on the dunes or clam beds.

There are dangerous rip currents and cold water temperatures and you must also be mindful of the tides. Too many cars become swamped and buried but more importantly, every life lost in the water is a tragedy. Be informed and safe.
Follow this LINK to daily tide charts or pick up a free tide book at our office.
Learn to recognize rip currents and how to swim out of them…better still, don’t swim in the ocean off our beaches.

If you see someone needing help in the water – CALL 911 and keep an eye on the person to direct the rescue crew when they arrive.

And remember…do not burn pallets. Metal pieces, nails and screws are left behind.


Stay Safe During King Tides in Washington State

As the king tides approach, we urge everyone to enjoy the spectacle responsibly:

Keep Your Distance: These tides can be stunning, but they’re also powerful. Watch from a safe spot, especially at spots like Cape Disappointment State Park.

Respect the Power of the Ocean: Steer clear of closed areas and be vigilant of sneaker waves—these giants can come unexpectedly!

Plan Your Visit: Check weather and wave forecasts to pick a safe day for tide watching.

Remember: Today’s king tides give us a glimpse into the future of rising sea levels.
Enjoy the view, capture the moments, but above all, stay safe!

Remember, NEVER TURN YOUR BACK ON THE OCEAN!!
For more information on King Tides, visit the University of Washington’s King Tides Program at https://conta.cc/40OTrEA


Useful Links

Pacific County Sherriff’s Department

Pacific County Emergency Management


Tsunami Evacuation on the North End
This map shows high ground (LIGHT GREY) in the Ocean Park to Leadbetter areas of the peninsula. Maps for the entire peninsula area available at the above links. For reference, Bay Avenue is the last (bottom of map) red line with arrows pointing east to U and Z Street high ground.