Operation Shore Patrol is an annual cleanup of Washington state ocean beaches scheduled for the
weekend of Sept. 15-16, 2012.
What is the goal of Operation Shore Patrol?
The goal of Operation Shore Patrol is to focus attention on
litter accumulated from water and land sources on Washington State Ocean Beaches. Litter
poses a threat to people, fish and wildlife and creates an unsightly environment.
Operation Shore Patrol is a major step in helping to rid the Washington state coastline of
litter and debris.
Who is involved with the cleanup effort?
Chambers of commerce
Cities of Westport/Ocean Shores/Long Beach
Department of Ecology
Grays Harbor County Commissioners and Public Works
Pacific Northwest 4-Wheel Drive Association
Service clubs/VFW lodges
Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission
Grass Roots Garbage Gang
Who coordinates and supports Operation Shore Patrol?
In 1971 the Pacific Northwest 4-Wheel Drive Association started
Operation Shore Patrol and has continued to coordinate and participate in the cleanup. The
association also promotes community cooperation and support from Ilwaco to Moclips prior
to and during the cleanup weekend.
State Parks waives campsite fees for Saturday
(hookup sites not included) at Cape Disappointment (Long Beach area), Twin Harbors (south beach area)
and Ocean City (north beach area) state parks for cleanup participants. Campsites are
on a first-come, first-serve basis. To assure campsite availability, contact
the 4-W Drive Association region coordinators below at least one week before the event.
The Department of Ecology donates posters to promote the event and car litter bags for participants.
Grays Harbor County provides debris disposal.
Local merchants and service groups may provide various breakfast,
lunch and dinner feeds for volunteers. They also offer discounts and contribute door
prizes for raffles.
Tribal nations on Washington's coastline also support and
participate in tribal beach area cleanup events during Operation Shore Patrol.
The Ocean Conservancy donates litter bags and data cards to record amounts and types of debris collected.
The Washington Clean Coast Alliance encourages participation as part of statewide coastal cleanup efforts.
All interested citizens are invited to participate. Bring
gloves and rain gear and be careful of soft sand!
Where are the camping locations?
State Parks waives standard campsite fees for cleanup participants on the third Friday and Saturday of September (hookup sites are not included) at the following locations:
Cape Disappointment (Long Beach area)
Ocean City (north beach area)
Twin Harbors (south beach area)
A limited number of standard campsites are available. Reservations for standard campsites must be made
by calling the Pacific Northwest 4-Wheel Drive Association region coordinators at the numbers below after
6 p.m. weekdays or on weekends through Sept. 9. Hookup sites are available on a first-come,
first-served basis, and fees apply.
Cape Disappointment region coordinator (360) 560-4598
Twin Harbors region coordinator (253) 307-9808