Tillamook Head

Sea kayak from Seaside to Cannon Beach, or visa versa along the Oregon coast. It's a challenging 10 nm open coastal paddle around Tillamook Head with a shuttle back to the launch.

launch points

  • Seaside
  • Cannon Beach

on the water

Launch at Seaside and paddle south to Cannon Beach, or launch at Cannon Beach and paddle north to Seaside. This is an open coastal trip with launches and landings in surf on open beaches. There  is a beach with walk in access that can be used for a lunch break, but very little other landing potential along the route. If conditions permit, paddle around the Tillamook Rock Lighthouse.


  • Experience and confidence in surf launches and landings are a must.
  • Suitable Activities: Sea Kayaking
  • Seasons: May, June, July, August, September, October
  • Weather: View weather forecast
  • Difficulty: Sea Kayak V
  • Length: 10.0 nm
  • Land Manager: Land Manager Varies
  • Parking Permit Required: see Land Manager
  • Recommended Party Size: 6
  • Maximum Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Route/Place Capacity: 12
  • NOAA Yakima Head to Columbia River No. 18520
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