OCEAN SHORES NORTH JETTY
The North Jetty lies at the southern end of the Ocean Shores
peninsula, where it marks the northern boundary of the
Grays Harbor entrance. The jetty, constructed over 9 years
and completed in 1916, stabilized the Ocean Shores
shoreline and caused beaches to build up over the 20th
century. However, dams built on the Columbia River have
reduced outflow of sediment there and is causing Southwest
Washington beaches to shrink.
Atop the massive rocks of the jetty, you can watch large
waves roll in unimpeded from the ocean and smash against
the jetty. Away to the south you can see Westport with its
matching South Jetty. Behind the jetty to the north a big,
sandy beach has built up with shallow water for a long way
out. Some modest, grassy beach dunes give a little elevation
for a view of the area.
Washington Department of Ecology
by Bob Kelly
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