The South Jetty on Clatsop Spit is part of Fort Stevens State Park and was built in the late 1800s by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Visitors can watch waves and ships crossing the Columbia River from a nearby observation deck, and a wildlife-viewing platform on Clatsop Spit is a good spot for bird-watching.

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Away Travel Expert: Christine Loomis
BeachExpert Rating 4.0 out of 5
BeachExpert Tips & Helpful Hints
  • The South Jetty was built by the Corps of Engineers back in the 1800s. It's one of the best places in Astoria to watch the action in the major shipping lane.
  • Check out the wildlife-viewing platforms on the spit, especially if you're a devoted bird-watcher.
Stand on the observation platform and get an up-close view of the notorious sandbar where the Columbia River meets the Pacific. Known as the "Graveyard of the Pacific," the Columbia River Bar has claimed 2,000 vessels and some 700 lives. That's why special Bar Pilots take over for ship captains, piloting the boat over these treacherous waters.

Astoria, Oregon
Price: $3 day-use fee for park

Visitor Information

Telephone Number: 503-861-1671
Price Information: $3 day-use fee for park
The details, dates, and prices mentioned here were accurate at the time of publication.

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