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Coast Fishing Reports

Oregon Coast Fishing Report

Coast Surf Report

Oregon Tide Tables

NOAA Oregon Tide Tables

Beach Safety

Be Smart. Be Safe. Oregon Coast jetties: no place for having fun

By Lori Tobias for the Oregonian

OregonianImageNEWPORT – Last month, witnesses watched in horror as waves washed a young couple off the South Jetty of Yaquina Bay. Both drowned. Two years earlier, it was two young men. One lived. One did not.

In 2005, incoming tides stranded seven people on a jetty near Oceanside. A Coast Guard helicopter plucked them to safety. A year earlier, it was a 64-year-old man who needed rescuing after he fell on the jetty rocks.

And on the list goes.

Oregon Coast Beach Safety Rules

Beware the sneaker wave - Never turn your back on the ocean.

They´re called sneaker waves because they appear without warning, often surging high up on the beach with deadly force, and are impossible to predict. Sneaker waves also carry a large amount of sand that can saturate your clothes, weighing you down and making escape difficult if not impossible.

Watch those logs - If you see a log in the surf or on wet sand, stay off it

The ocean is strong enough to pick up even the biggest log and plop it down on top of you. Some logs may look small, but even the tiny ones can be waterlogged and weigh tons.

Rip currents

Rip currents are strong currents of water that rush out to sea. They are stronger than even the best swimmer. These currents can swiftly sweep unwary beachcombers and waders off their feet and out to sea. Rip currents may appear as dark, choppy water. Any time you see debris and foam floating out to sea, chances are you have found a rip current. Avoid the area.

Be Safe: Parents keep your kids close when playing in the ocean. If caught in a rip current, don't panic . Swim parallel to the beach until you are out of the current, then head for the beach.

Surfing the Oregon Coast with Tom McNamara: Beach Safety
Surf Report

Surf happens. The Oregon coast is constantly exposed to ocean waves. Some days it will barely reach your knees; other days it’s big enough to do damage and change the shape of the beach. With this column, I’ll bring you information about surfing in Oregon. If you’re a surfer considering a visit here, you’ll find useful information on what to expect and how to equip your trip. For non-surfers and beginners, I’ll give you the basics of waves, surfboards, surfing etiquette, things to avoid, and so on. For those of you who have no intention of getting in the water, pay attention and I’ll help you stay dry.