Washington Coast Cleanup
April 19, 2014
Cape Disappointment (Benson Beach)
What you can help with at this location:
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General Beach Cleanup
Collecting trash on foot and carrying the bags off the beach to designated roadside collection points.
For a better idea of what's involved, see our Frequently Asked Questions page.
Know Before You Go
April 19th is a low tide morning, with low tide occurring around 10:23 a.m. (-0.7 ft.). High tide will occur around 4:49 p.m. (+7.0 ft.). 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. For directions or questions about your beach, refer to your beach signup page or contact your beach coordinator (listed on the signup page).
Check-in Time and Location
Please check in before beginning any cleanup activities. On-site registration, orientation, and instructions will be provided upon arrival. All volunteers must register and sign a State Parks volunteer timesheet. Check-in will be at the beach, from 9:30 a.m until noon.
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.
Basic Safety Guidelines:
- 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 onto high tideland where sand is soft or onto very wet sand areas.
Debris Data Program
The 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. Collective results will be available online to anyone seeking to understand and reduce the effects of marine debris.
For more information about volunteering at this location, please contact our on site coordinator at: Cape.Disappointment (at) parks.wa.gov.
Beach Location & 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.
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DISCOVER LEWIS & CLARK ON THE DISCOVERY TRAIL
You've probably heard that Lewis and Clark were in the Long Beach area during their epic journey of 1805. But have you actually been to the area and walked along the Discovery Trail? If not, you're in for a real treat.
Download the Discovery Trail Map and find your way to the spectacular scenery and dramatic history of the Cape Disappoinment area. The wide, flat beaches of most of the Long Beach peninsula give no clue as to the towering, rocky bluffs at its southern tip. You'll find a surprisingly lush forest and not just one, but TWO lighthouses!
Be sure to visit the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, too. Fascinating historical displays and commanding, cliff-top views of the Pacific will make it one of the most memorable places you've ever visited.
FIND YOUR WAY AROUND LONG BEACH PENINSULA