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“Awesome views of the South Jetty...bring your Camera..!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Clatsop Spit

Ranked #16 of 44 things to do in Astoria
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Owner description: The point at which the Columbia River meets the Pacific Ocean.
Costa Mesa, California
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“Awesome views of the South Jetty...bring your Camera..!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2013

When visiting Astoria, one of our first stops is the Clatsop Spit and the Viewing Platform erected by the Coast Guard, I believe.

We have been there when the sun is out and when the weather has been really nasty. The views are forever changing and you get a real feel for what Mother Nature can do and what a feat it was to built the South Jetty. Or..the North Jetty for that matter.

The platform might shake and sway in a bad storm, but...unless you're prone to seasickness you should be OK...!!

You can see the "bar" from the platform, but a better spot to watch the ship traffic entering the Columbia might be from where you find the salmon fishermen. If memory serves me correctly, you take a left on the first side road after leaving the viewing platform. I think there might be some signage.

As a footnote, it's not a good idea to go climbing on the rocks and boulders that make up the South Jetty...especially if the weather is bad. I can guarantee you that you don't want to be swept in to the ocean...!! That would be bad news.

Visited September 2013
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Edmonton, Canada
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“Fishing at the Spit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2013

We enjoyed walking along the sandy beach, although the wind was strong. We saw many fishermen, hoping to catch a salmon or other fish as the tide came in.

Visited August 2013
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Titusville
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“The wild Columbia...easy to see why”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2013

After viewing the ship wreck at Ft Stevens we ventured a short distance to the viewing platform for the Clatsop Spit. Having just returned from a visit to Cape Disappointment on the WA side, it was a treat to see the Columbia from the Astoria side. Wind was howling and the mist prevented pictures, but it was a sight to see and worth the trip. Waves crashing into the shore even at low tide. I can only imagine what it ti like under the same conditions with a strong high tide.

Visited June 2013
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Seattle, Washington
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“Platform view”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 February 2013

Great photo options from the viewing platform. Gusty winds made for a challenging time. Waves crashed against the rocks below, which led to some great photo ops.

Visited February 2013
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Monmouth, Oregon
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“Beautiful”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2013

This is one those kinds of plases everyone should go at least once. The view is amazing and the raw power of Mother Nature is fully on view for an experience you won't soon forget. Take a water bottle, a coat and a book and spend an hour here. Wonderful! It will be very likely windy so go prepared for weather and bear in mind that the drive out there is not a quick one. Worth it, though.

Visited February 2012
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