Jun 092017
 
Sea stacks and sunset at Whaleshead Beach, Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor, southern Oregon coast.

Whaleshead Beach, Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor, Southern Oregon coast.

June 7, 2017 marked the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Oregon Beach Bill, which forever guarantees the public’s right to access and passage on all beaches along the Oregon Coast. Earlier law had set the extent of the public land at the high tide line, but the Beach Bill made it so that public land extended to the vegetation line.

Two young men walking on Bandon Beach on a stormy dawn; Oregon Coast.

Bandon Beach on a stormy dawn; Oregon Coast.

After a childhood in California and many years as a resident of Hawaii, both states which also have public beach laws, I pretty much took beach access for granted. Therefore it was a bit of a shock, and frustration, when I was working on my book Photographing Washington that I couldn’t just walk down a beach, even from a public right of way to the beach.

View of Crescent Beach, Cannon Beach, Haystack Rock and coast to Hug Point from Ecola State Park at sunrise; Oregon.

Crescent Beach, Cannon Beach and Haystack Rock from Ecola State Park on the Oregon coast.

Big thanks to Oregonians for continuing to support public lands and access to those lands.

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