Cape Lookout State Park

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About Cape Lookout State Park

Cape Lookout is where whales travel with their kin, where Western Red Cedar and Sitka Spruce house families of Peregrine Falcons, where famous lighthouses flash against stretches of misty Pacific Ocean as you stand on high cliffside perches, and seals bask on rocky beds below. Part of the Three Capes Scenic Loop, along with Cape Meares and Cape Kiwanda, Cape Lookout is a beachside playground, a coastal forest hiking paradise and a full service, year round campground. Come here to experience the beauty of Oregon’s intense coastal designs--because there’s nothing like the capes to show them off! Explore the sleepy nearby beach town of Oceanside and the slightly more popular Pacific City or follow the scenic Wilson River pass. Wander, surf, swim, fish, hike, watch and listen. You will surely come back from Cape Lookout altered by the ardent beauty and diversity of Oregon’s North Coast.

Campgrounds in Cape Lookout

Cape Lookout Campground

1. Cape Lookout Campground

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Welcome to a sand spit that’s cradled by the Pacific Ocean and Netarts Bay. Welcome to the salt-air splendor of lush coastal forest. Welcome to the...

Emma: Fun campground right on the ocean. One dune between campground and the beach. Sand dollars and crabs all over the beach. Lovely...
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Fun campground right on the ocean. One dune between campground and the beach. Sand dollars and crabs all over the beach. Lovely spot to watch the sunset. Wooded campsites and open sites available. Flush toilets, water, and water disposal available. Trash and recycling only at campground exit. Picnic table and fire ring at each site. Be careful with wild animals - very daring raccoons kept trying to take our food at night.

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History of Cape Lookout State Park

The original acquisition for Cape Lookout was a 1935 gift of 975 acres on the cape from the U. S. Lighthouse Service. Additional land was purchase from various owners of the beach area north of the cape and the entire Netarts Sand Spit, once owned by Louis W. Hill of St. Paul, Minnesota. The Hill property was partially a gift and partially an exchange involving lands on the spit for lands at Cascadia State Park. Lands were acquired up to 1988, including a tract of 40 acres on the south side of the cape. Originally, the park was left undeveloped as a natural preserve. Sam Boardman, the first State Parks superintendent, wanted to limit development to minimal picnic use at Jackson Creek with a trail to the cape. This picnic area was developed by the Civilian Conservation Crews (CCC) during the late 1930s. A study of the park development potential was made in the early 1950s and work began in 1952. In 1954 Cape Lookout opened a small campground which grew quickly to nearly the size of today's campground by the end of the 1950s. In the early 1960s, Tillamook County built a road from the south end of Netarts Bay over Cape Lookout to Sand Lake to provide road access to the trailhead on the cape, and to the park from the south. During World War II, an Army Air Force B-17 bomber struck the cape while on coastal patrol on August 1st, 1943. It took a full day for rescue crews to reach the sole survivor. A plaque in memory of the air crew is located on the cape trail.