International Coastal CleanupSeptember 15, 2018
Cape Disappointment State Park (Benson Beach)

How you can help at this location:

General Beach Cleanup

Collect trash and marine debris from the beach and place in provided bags. Carry filled bags above the high tide line and place them in piles near an access point when feasible. No special skills are required. Participants must be able to bend repeatedly and pick up and carry items of varying weight and size. If something is too large to remove, please make note of its location and let the site coordinators know. For a better idea of what's involved, see our Frequently Asked Questions page.

More Volunteer Options and Information

For more information about helping with volunteer check-in, recycling, and BBQ service, please contact our beach coordinator: coordinator (at) coastsavers.org.

Know Before You Go: International Coastal Cleanup

On September 15th, Beach cleanup check-in location timing will vary according to location. In general, the cleanup will be in the morning on the Strait beaches but in the afternoon on the outer coastal beaches. Please check your beach page for specific timing. To find a tide table for your location look here. Check the weather forecast for the coast and plan your clothing and supplies accordingly. It’s a good idea to have layers that help protect you from water, wind, and cold. For more information about safety, clothing, tools, lodging, and dogs, see our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Check-in Time and Location: International Coastal Cleanup

On-site registration, orientation, and instructions will be provided upon arrival. Please sign in before beginning any cleanup activities. All volunteers must register and sign a State Parks volunteer time sheet.

Registration/trash bag pickup will be located at Cape Disappointment State Park Office 8:00 am -12:00 pm

Recycling Program

Recycling

We have a recycling program at some locations. If you are interested in helping us reduce the amount of debris that goes to the landfill ask your registration station coordinator how you can help. We applaud efforts to recycle, reduce and reuse at beach cleanups – a vital part of the solution to marine debris. Recycling of materials from beach cleanups is great, but it’s just as important to ensure that the appropriate materials are going into recycling materials stream. If the wrong type or condition of material is put into a recycle bin, it may end up “contaminating” a load of recycling and causing a recycling facility to have to discard the entire thing!  Don’t be a wishful recycler – know what is accepted locally and try to send only materials that are “Empty, Clean and Dry” (as much as possible).  When in doubt, throw it out.

If we are not collecting recycling at your location, you are welcome to take recyclables back home with you. If you take any debris back with you, be sure to bag it up tightly (stinky), keep it away from curious kids and dogs (messy), and don’t take any glass or sharp metal (safety hazard – ouch!).

Camping

Cape Disappointment State Park Campsite Information
Cape Disappointment has 137 standard campsites, 60 full hookup sites, 18 sites with water and electricity only, five primitive hiker/biker campsites first come first served only, 14 yurts, three cabins, one dump station, eight restrooms (two ADA), and 14 showers (four ADA). Maximum site length is 45-feet (limited availability). Camping is available year-round.

The 14 yurts at Cape Disappointment are within walking distance of the beach. Each yurt is 16-feet in diameter by 10-feet high and is furnished with bunk beds that sleep three, a full-size futon, floor lamp, small end table, and heater. Outside is a picnic table, fire pit with grate, and a deck that is ADA accessible. All yurts are heated, but visitors should take along blankets and warm clothing as evenings can be cool. An RV pad with hook up nearby is available for an additional fee.

Three cabins are tucked into an alder forest on the shore of Lake O'Neil. Each cabin is furnished with a bunk bed that sleeps three, a full-size futon, and small end table. Each cabin is 13-by-13-feet in size and has a 6-foot covered front porch, picnic table, electric heat, lights, fire pit with grate, and locking doors. Bathrooms and showers are nearby.

To make reservations see: https://washington.goingtocamp.com/CapeDisappointmentStatePark

Other Information

Benson Beach is wide, flat, and about two miles long, with adjacent camping area and hiking trails that lead to parking lots, lighthouses, and an interpretive center. No driving on the beach.

Pets are allowed in most state parks, but must be under physical control at all times on a leash no more than eight feet long. Owners are responsible for cleaning up after their pets. Pets are not permitted on designated swimming beaches.

Participants should wear sturdy shoes and be prepared for cold, windy, and rainy weather conditions.

Tide: Sat 15 Sep
Low 12:16am 0.0 ft
High 6:15am 6.4 ft
Low 12:07pm 1.8 ft
High 5:54pm 7.6 ft

Basic Safety Guideline

  • Wear gloves, proper clothing, and water-resistant shoes.
  • Do not touch medical waste, dead animals, hazardous materials or sharp objects. If you are uncertain about an item, do not touch it.
  • Do not approach wildlife.
  • Report hazardous items that cannot be removed to event staff.
  • Work with a partner.
  • Be careful of unstable banks, steep slopes, or slippery surfaces.
  • Do not try to lift anything that is too heavy for you. Ask for help!
  • Watch for poison oak, plants with thorns, or other natural hazards.
  • Watch for any trucks or equipment that might be used in the project.
  • When driving on the beach (State Parks only), stay on compacted sand. Do not drive into sand that is very soft or very wet.
  • Be aware of tides and whether they will affect your access to trail heads.
  • Beach logs can become slippery and may be dangerous, be aware of your surroundings.

Debris Data Program

Debris data programThe amount and type of debris you find on our beaches gives evidence of its globally diverse sources and its impact on ocean ecosystems. Help us analyze what it all means by participating in our data collection program. If you will be at the cleanup with a group, please download our Debris Data Card and fill out as you clean the beach (also available at check in). One group member should fill out the form while others call out their findings. After the cleanup, simply go online and transfer your findings to our debris database.

Beach Location and Directions

Benson Beach is located within Cape Disappointment, a 1,882-acre camping park on the south tip of the Long Beach Peninsula. From Ilwaco, follow Hwy 101 south for two miles. Once inside the park, follow North Jetty Road out to the parking area at the beach. See this park map.