Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area

Near Tillamook, Oregon, United States

Cape Kiwanda is part of the Three Capes Scenic Route (along with Cape Meares and Cape Lookout). Kiwanda is the smallest of the three, but it is one of the best places to experience spectacular wave action. Pacific City is the home of the Pacific Dory Fleet. South of Cape Kiwanda is the dory boat launching area. North of Cape Kiwanda to Tierra Del Mar is a stretch of beach popular with picnickers. Kiwanda provides great hang gliding and kite flying opportunities.

Important: some cliffside areas of the park are fenced for your safety. Don't cross the fence line. There are great views from the established viewpoints. Beyond the fence, the sandstone cliff edge can crumble without warning. Seven people have died falling into the ocean and onto the rocks since 2009. A special work group made of state and local officials, local businesses and residents, and emergency first responders will meet to discuss and propose action on this issue.

The parking area south of Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area is operated by Tillamook County Parks.

Motor vehicles are only allowed on the beach if they're needed for boating. Access is allowed for towing and launching a boat, and parking a vehicle needed for boating. Information on accessing the beach through the county gate is available from Tillamook County Parks at 503-322-3477, or the Cape Lookout State Park office at 503-842-3182 ext. 221, or the state parks regional office at 541-563-8506 (Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.). Requests for access should be made well in advance of your trip, as staff may not be available on weekends to provide access information.

Effective Jul 1, 2020
  • Motor vehicles prohibited on beach from Tierra del Mar south to Nestucca River, except for those involved in launching or retrieving commercial or recreational boats. Boaters must call for a code to go through a locked gate: call Cape Lookout State Park at 503-842-3182 or Tillamook County Parks at 503-322-3477 M-F, 8 am - 4:30 pm.
  • All other vehicles must park in designated lots or parking spaces along surface streets. Be prepared to turn around if crowded.
  • County restroom open Saturdays and Sundays. 
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The area was acquired by purchase and by a gift from B. A. McPhillips in 1973.

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Some parks are open for day-use and camping, with reduced services. Check the Park Status Map and FAQ for details.