Favorite Places: Cape Kiwanda Oregon

One of my favorite places to shoot is Cape Kiwanda on the Oregon coast. Much of Oregon’s coast is popular with photographers and Cape Kiwanda is a real jewel.

It is part of the Three Capes Scenic Route and includes Cape Meares and Cape Lookout, both which have some wonderful locations to shoot. But Cape Kiwanda is the clear star.

Located 1.5 hours SW of Portland along Hwy 101 near Pacific City, Cape Kiwanda is a coastal area comprised of sandstone headlands. The rocky shoreline contains cliffs over 100’ feet high that drop straight into the ocean as well as some ‘swirling’ geology certainly worthy of the camera.

The star is (was) a stunning arch that some photographers called Keyhole Arch, down along the shore, but sadly it collapsed in 2011. Don’t let that stop you from coming though.

Kiwanda is also famous for its spectacular wave action, especially in stormy weather, drawing photographers looking to capture these massive waves crashing against the cliffs when the surf is just right.

 If you are there in the summer and July in particular, don’t miss the Pacific City Dory Derby, an event that celebrates the long history of dory fisherman. Cape Kiwanda is also popular with hang gliders and fisherman. There is plenty to see and shoot and its worthy of stop.

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