U. S. COAST GUARD STATION CAPE D
At the southern-most point of the Peninsula lies one of the oldest and busiest Coast Guard stations on the West Coast: Cape Disappointment and the U.S. Coast Guard Motor Lifeboat School.
Because it guards what has been called the world&#x2019;s most dangerous waters, the station is often called to aid foundering vessels and their crews.
The river itself is dangerous, but when coupled with a strong outflowing (or ebb) tide, the clash between the outgoing current and the incoming ocean waves can be downright deadly.
Numerous fishing and commercial vessels have fallen victim to the Columbia&#x2019;s power combined with the dangerous offshore waters of the Pacific Ocean, with the area nicknamed &#x201C;Graveyard of the Pacific&#x201D; because of the number of vessels lost there at sea.
Vessels stationed at the Cape include the latest vessel in the Coast Guard&#x2019;s fleet, the 47-foot motor lifeboat, which was put through its initial sea trials at the Cape.
Cape D is home to the only motor lifeboat school in the United States. In the CEAN PARK RESORT
of Ocean Park under Tall Pines Motel
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MOST BALD EAGLES SOUTH OF ALASKA WILDLIFE
The Discovery Coast has more bald eagles than any place south of Alaska, and more pelagic and coastal seabirds than anywhere else on the West Coast.
EAGLES AND FALCONS: Peregrine falcons are frequently seen swooping down to intercept prey in Leadbetter Point State Park. Bald eagles and other birds of prey are often spotted in the vicinity of Willapa Bay and the Columbia River.
HERONS: Quite common around the margins of Willapa Bay and the Columbia estuary shore.
PELICANS: Pelicans, cormorants, Caspian terns, kingfishers and herons all gather in great numbers along the Columbia River estuary east of Ilwaco.
SWANS: Trumpeter and tundra swans can often be observed in Peninsula lakes, especially Black Lake near Ilwaco and Brisco Lake north of Long Beach.
ELK: Elk also can often be spotted near Bear River, on U.S. Highway 101 on the way to South Bend, and near Naselle.
SEALS AND SEALIONS: These marine mammals can often be spotted from the jetty at Cape Disappointment State Park.
BEARS: The Peninsula and Long Island are said to have among the greatest con- centrations of black bears in the nation.
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