Phone: 1-503-965-6230 Fax: 1-503-965-6235
33305 Cape Kiwanda Drive P.O. Box 129
Pacific City, Oregon 97135
Cape Kiwanda RV Resort & Marketplace In Beautiful Pacific City on the Oregon Coast Reservations Call: 1-503-965-6230
Cape Kiwanda RV Resort Things to Do
Three Capes Scenic Drive,
begins at Pacific City, North about 40 miles and terminates in Tillamook. The first cape in the loop is here at Cape Kiwanda, then Cape Lookout & Cape Meares. It's a beautiful drive, and most of the road is right on the ocean. Popular destinations on this route are Sandlake campground and ATV area, Cape Lookout State park, Netarts Bay, the villages of Oceanside and Netarts, Cape Meares Lighthouse, Octopus Tree, and Tillamook. The quickest return back to Pacific is South on Hwy 101.
ATV Park, 10 miles north on Three Capes Scenic Loop is a very popular destination for ATV riding. There are over 1,200 acres of sand dunes that stretch along the beach and onto the foothills of Cape Lookout.
20 miles north is home of the Tillamook Cheese Factory, the Air Museum, Pioneer Museum, two golf courses and many restaurants.
Cape Meares Lighthouse,
is 25 miles north on Three Capes Scenic Drive. It is the nearest lighthouse to Pacific City.
The Octopus Tree,
the largest Sitka Spruce in the world, is also on Three Capes Drive near the lighthouse.
seven miles to the south offers one golf course, and the Hawk Creek Cafe.
20 miles south offers Chinook Winds casino, a golf course and athletic club, an outlet mall, and many restaurants.
The Dory Fleet
This is the home of the Cape Kiwanda Dory. The dories have evolved from the double-ender powered with muscle and oars to the present day 22', flat bottomed, high speed craft. The Doryland Pizza building was the original home of Pacific City Boatworks which designed and built these dories in the 1960's & 1970's.
Dories are launched directly off the beach through the surf just across the road in front of the R.V. Resort. Their flat bottoms allow them to return through the surf, often at water skiing speeds, and slide up the sandy beach where they can be loaded back upon a specially modified trailer.
The Fleet consists of several hundred boats. They are out in force all spring and summer. The local "pros" venture out even during winter, providing the ocean cooperates. Stroll down to the beach and see them up close. But, be careful, dories don't have water brakes, they cannot stop if you are in the way.
As you will see, there is a trick to launching a dory out through the same waves that surfers use to ride in on. Professional dorymen can make it all look so easy. The novice however, can have a terrible time! The surf will often toss his boat sideways or turn it around backwards. He can push and struggle to get off the beach, only to be tossed back by the incoming waves with his boat filled with seawater. On occasion, he may simply give it up and call it quits for the day.
Cape Kiwanda is said to be the most photographed area on the Oregon Coast. Countless phone book covers, calendars, guide maps, magazines, newspapers, official state publications, T.V. and print commercials, have carried pictures of the sandstone cliffs and the booming waves that crash against them.
The Cape provides protection for the dory boats from the incoming ocean swells and prevailing summer winds.
A hike to the top of the sand dune is a short but steep one. The view is breathtaking in all directions. However the sandstone cliffs are constantly eroding and very unstable. The ocean is also unpredictable and waves can break over the cape at any time. For the protection of visitors, there are advisory signs and fences delineating the safe areas of the cape to hike, photograph and enjoy.