Cool Ship Watching Spots around the region:
This comes from local listener Geo:
• Bridges: Astoria Megler and New Youngs Bay – access is limited
• Neahkanie Mt parking lot at the roadside viewing area south of Seaside. It’s about 40 miles to the horizon from there. Also good for whale watching with binocs.
• Observation deck, South Jetty, Fort Stevens State Park. Good view of the bar
• Astoria Column on land or from the top of the tower
• Jim Crow Point on the CR – view from the beach to the Astoria Megler Bridge. Accessible only by boat.
• Lewis and Clark Bridge in Longview. You can park at the end of the bridge and walk out on it.
• Kelly Point – confluence of Columbia and Willamette rivers. Auto access, a favorite kayaking spot
• Swan Island in Portland, see ships in drydock. Accessible by boat.
• Cape Disappointment State Park – visitor center or the lighthouse out on the cape.
Some others I’ve heard about, and/or noticed myself
• Tansy Point in Warrenton/Hammond – Ships turn here to make the run to the Astoria Megler Bridge. Car carriers lean in the wind here. Can be interesting to watch the ships negotiate the turn.
• The Riverwalk in downtown Astoria, especially toward the West End of town where the channel seems to be closer to the shore.
• East Mooring Basin breakwater – good place to see anchored ships
• Seamen’s Memorial behind the River Theater in Astoria.
• Jones Beach – west of Clatskanie off highway 30 (turn north at the Korean Restaurant). Sandy beach with close proximity to shipping channel. Great place for a close-up look at ships as they go by.