Storm season brings stunning skies, big waves, rainbows, and incredible photo ops to the Long Beach Peninsula and Pacific County. While these powerful storms are certainly beautiful, please be aware of safety. Never get too close to the surf or driftwood, and keep track of the tides! For more information and tips, check out our guide to storm watching on the peninsula.
Top Storm watching locations
Capturing that iconic shot beneath the Cape Disappointment Lighthouse is a huge draw for countless photographers, professionals and amateurs alike. Even if all you have is a smart phone, the photo op is hard to pass up. You can check Magic Seaweed ahead of time for surf forecasts to get a good idea of how big those waves are going to be.
Waikiki Beach at Cape Disappointment State Park (Discover Pass required)
Perhaps one of the most photographed locations on the peninsula during storm season, Waikiki Beach is well known for its giant waves and view of the Cape Disappointment Lighthouse perched atop a 200-foot cliff.
Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center (Discover Pass required + entrance fee)
Get another perspective from the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center. With a panoramic view of the Columbia-Pacific Confluence and the Cape Disappointment Lighthouse, it offers storm watchers a sheltered experience.
Fort Columbia Historical State Park (Discover Pass required)
For stormy views of the mighty Columbia River, visit Fort Columbia Historical State Park in Chinook. Those steely skies also make a great backdrop for photographing the historic buildings that still stand at this historic fort.
Middle Village – Station Camp
Part of the Lewis & Clark National Historical Park, this site can be found on the east side of the tunnel that runs under Fort Columbia. Parking is free, and it’s a great place to view the Columbia River.
Take a day trip or stay the night. The oldest hotel in Washington state is an incredible and unexpected place to enjoy winter storms. Order a hot meal in their beautiful restaurant and wander down the paths to Willapa Bay while you wait. Remote and rugged, the views are stunning and well worth the drive.
Dining for Storm watchers
Dining with a View
Waterline Pub, Salt Pub, and Pickled Fish are top choices for storm watchers. Plus, these restaurants give you a chance to enjoy local seafood as well as other regionally inspired dishes.
Hot Coffee (and More) on the Go
All that wind and wild weather calls for something warm to drink. Before you expose yourself to the elements, pick up some coffee or another warm treat at ROOTS, Diamond Espresso, Ilwaco Bakery & Cafe, or Chinook Coffee Company.
Oysterville Sea Farms
Chase rainbows and watch clouds drift over the Willapa Bay from the gorgeous deck at the historic Oysterville Sea Farms. Pick up a fresh bag of oysters or enjoy a bowl of chowder while you’re there. Their shop has a variety of local foods and beverages that you don’t want to miss.
Elixir Coffee Shop
Find Elixir Coffee Shop in Raymond, north of the peninsula. This cozy coffee spot gives you a chance to experience dreamy storm season views on the Willapa River. Their menu offers delicious and fresh options perfect for lunch.