Cape Lookout State Park Oregon
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Southwest of Tillamook, OR
  • We really enjoyed Cape Lookout State Park because it is not like most of the State Parks we have visited
  • We also tried our hand at fishing but luck and probably skill was not on our side, we didn't catch a thing while the little guy next to us brought up a sea bass (I think), we were all jealous
  • This is your typical beach bathroom, not the cleanest, because of the people traffic in and out of the bathrooms I'd recommend you bring your own toilet paper and paper towels

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      (503) 842-4981 or 800-551-6949. For reservations 800-452-5687.

      Cape Lookout is located on Oregon’s northern coast off US 101. It is 12 miles southwest of Tillamook, approximately two hours west of Portland.

      We really enjoyed Cape Lookout State Park because it is not like most of the State Parks we have visited. Cape Lookout is popular with both campers’ and people enjoying the day use area.

      This park has miles and a variety of hiking trails that can be used by both novice and experienced hikers. Beachcombing is very popular here, it is something we enjoyed immensely! We live in the Midwest so we rarely get to the ocean and this was a real treat. We had a metal detector with us and


      you would have thought we struck gold every time that thing went off only to find a penny or pop-top but we had loads of fun. One of our group found a ring without the use of anything but his eyes and we all still talk about that. Many of our fellow campers brought out their finds to show us, of course we only found 63 cents and the guy’s ring but the hunt was fun. (FYI - We were told metal detectors were not allowed without a permit so we put it up. If you plan on using a metal detector be sure to call and get rules and instructions ahead of time).

      We also enjoyed watching the hang gliders in the area and when the hang ...


      • gliders floated above us it was an incredible sight. We did do some swimming at the beach but the water was pretty cold. I’m originally from Southern California and I don’t remember it ever being that cold.

        We also tried our hand at fishing but luck and probably skill was not on our side, we didn’t catch a thing while the little guy next to us brought up a sea bass (I think), we were all jealous.

        Cape Lookout has several campsites, several full hookup sites and a huge tent area. They also have cabins and yurts available for rent, which are much cheaper than a motel room but you need to reserve in advance. There are bathrooms, showers, and a dump station. This is your typical

        beach bathroom, not the cleanest, because of the people traffic in and out of the bathrooms I’d recommend you bring your own toilet paper and paper towels.

        During the evening the park service put on different programs. We went and learned about the location of whales and the salmon program they have.

        We only spent a few days there and we wanted to spend a few more days but we were trying to stick to a schedule. Our whole group enjoyed Cape Lookout State Park, we all want to go back again someday. I would recommend this park and campground to everyone that enjoys the beach. If you don’t have to travel to far this would be a great place for an inexpensive fun vacation. We had a great time!




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