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Depoe Bay, Oregon

Cape Foulweather

First landing spot for James Cook on his voyage of discovery to the Sandwich Islands. 

The first landing spot for Captain James Cook on his voyage of discovery to the Sandwich Islands, Cape Foulweather sits about 500 feet above the Oregon coast on a basalt cliff overlooking whale-rich kelp beds. The site is accessed by a winding tangle of roads connected to US 101. A small parking lot serves visitors.

Captain James Cook stumbled on the site on March 7, 1778. His journal entry from the day reads: “The land appeared to be of moderate height, diversified with hill and Valley and almost everywhere covered with wood. There was nothing remarkable about it except one hill.... At the northern extreme the land formed a point which I called Cape Foulweather from the very bad weather we soon after met with.”

Cape Foulweather can be found near the Devil’s Cauldron (the name of the nearby bay) and the Yaquina Head Lighthouse. About two miles to the south, Beverly Beach State Park offers camping sites, yurts, full hook-ups for campers and trailers, a grocery store, and direct beach access.

The site, which is a popular tourist destination because of the beautiful scenery, consists of an open overlook and a small gift shop near the coast. When the weather turns bad - and it often does; consider the name - visitors can take cover in the gift shop, which has cliff-side panoramic windows overlooking the water and kelp beds.

Know Before You Go

Located approximately six miles north of Newport, Oregon, along coast route 101. Clearly marked by signs from either direction.

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