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my father is flying up with his family this thursday to stay with us for a week. one of the things he expressed interest in is seeing are the big waves at the columbia or tillamook bay bar. what conditions best set up the big wave action at either of these locations? if he drives out there and it's completely flat, he'll be really disappointed.
 

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Take him to the Columbia on the peak of the ebb tide. Should see some big ones off the South jetty. A good west wind should add to the excitement as well. If you can get these conditions in the afternoon, you should get quite a show.

[ 06-10-2003, 10:57 AM: Message edited by: Tacklebuster ]
 

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I agree- the CR south Jetty has a great viewing platform. Go into the State Park and then head North past the old battery. When you see the old pilings running out across that bay and the sand dunes on the right, you want the next road left I believe (the old pilings are what left of the railway they used to haul the Jetty rocks out there).

It won't be flat but it won't be a real storm day either:

PZZ250-255-270-275-102230-
COASTAL WATERS FROM CAPE SHOALWATER WASHINGTON TO FLORENCE OREGON
AND WESTWARD 60 NM
930 AM PDT TUE JUN 10 2003

.TODAY...NW WIND 15 KT. WIND WAVES 2 FT. NW SWELL 8 FT AT 10
SECONDS. LOCAL DRIZZLE IN THE MORNING.
.TONIGHT...NW WIND 15 KT. WIND WAVES 2 FT. NW SWELL 8 FT AT 9
SECONDS.
.WED...NW WIND 10 KT. WIND WAVES 2 FT. W SWELL 6 FT AT 8 SECONDS.
.WED NIGHT...SW WIND 10 KT. WIND WAVES 1 FT. W SWELL 4 FT.
.THU...S WIND 15 KT...RISING TO 30 KT IN THE AFTERNOON. WIND WAVES 5
FT. SW SWELL 6 FT. CHANCE OF RAIN.
.THU EVENING...SW WIND 25 KT. WIND WAVES 5 FT. W SWELL 9 FT. RAIN.
.FRI...SW WIND 25 KT...EASING TO 20 KT EARLY IN THE AFTERNOON. WIND
WAVES 5 FT. W SWELL 12 FT.
.SAT...SW WIND 15 KT. WIND WAVES 4 FT. W SWELL 12 FT...SUBSIDING TO
9 FT.
 

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Take him to the Lewis and Clark interpetive center on the washington side just out of Illwaco. Go like you are going to fort camby state park to get there. They have huge windows and you can see the whole columbia river bar from up there. You also can walk to Cape dissapointment lighthouse if it is open. Tim

[ 06-10-2003, 12:04 PM: Message edited by: fishinfool ]
 

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Take him out there in a little boat - he'll be very impressed.

I'm just KIDDING , jeeez

:wink:

Yep, I'd say Fort Stevens on the ebb.
 
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