Ecola State Park

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Ecola State Park
Ecola State Park Haystack Rock.JPG
Southern view of the coast from Ecola State Park
with Haystack Rock in the distance.
Map showing the location of Ecola State Park
Map showing the location of Ecola State Park
Map showing the location of Ecola State Park
Map showing the location of Ecola State Park
LocationClatsop County, Oregon, United States
Nearest cityCannon Beach
Coordinates45°55′22″N 123°58′09″W / 45.92278°N 123.96917°W / 45.92278; -123.96917Coordinates: 45°55′22″N 123°58′09″W / 45.92278°N 123.96917°W / 45.92278; -123.96917[1]
OperatorOregon Parks and Recreation Department
WebsiteEcola State Park
Bald Point Site (35CLT23)
MPSNative American Archeological Sites of the Oregon Coast MPS
NRHP reference No.97000983
Added to NRHPSeptember 10, 1997

Ecola State Park is a state park located approximately 3 miles north of Cannon Beach in Clatsop County in the U.S. state of Oregon on the Oregon Coast. It is administered by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.[2]

The park encompasses 9 miles (14 km) of coastline between Cannon Beach and Seaside and includes Tillamook Head.[2] In 1806, William Clark and other members of the Corps of Discovery traveled through the area in search of a beached whale and saw burial canoes of the Tillamook;[2] the park is included as part of Lewis and Clark National Historical Park, though separate entrance fees are charged. The Bald Point Site, an archaeological site within the park dating to around 1550 CE, has revealed much about the Tillamook.[3] Included within the park are 8 miles (13 km) of the Oregon Coast Trail.[2] Scenes from several movies have been filmed at Indian Beach and other park locations.

Bald Point Site[edit]

The Bald Point Site (Smithsonian trinomial: 35CLT23) is an archeological site located within park boundaries, added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1997.[4] The site features a shell midden and possible house pit, dating to ca. 1550 CE. Associated with the Tillamook people, it has the potential to yield information related to environmental change in the Oregon Coast region, settlement and subsistence patterns, emergence of ethnographic patterns among coastal people, baseline cultural patterns prior to the arrival of European Americans, and other topics. Parts of the site have been lost to coastal erosion since the first scientific investigations in 1976, but the remaining portions appear mostly secure.[3][5]

Filming location[edit]

Much of the 1985 film The Goonies was filmed within the park, as was the school picnic scene in Kindergarten Cop.[6] Indian Beach was the filming location for the final scenes of Point Break and several scenes of Twilight.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Ecola State Park". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  2. ^ a b c d "Ecola State Park". Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. Retrieved September 7, 2020.
  3. ^ a b Erlandson, Jon M.; Moss, Madonna L. (August 31, 1996), National Register of Historic Places Registration Form: 35-CLT-23, Bald Point Site (redacted PDF), retrieved September 25, 2015.
  4. ^ National Park Service (September 26, 1997), Weekly List of Actions Taken on Properties: 9/15/97 through 9/19/97, archived from the original on September 30, 2015, retrieved September 29, 2015.
  5. ^ Moss, Madonna L.; Erlandson, Jon M. (August 31, 1996), National Register of Historic Places Multiple Property Documentation Form: Native American Archaeological Sites of the Oregon Coast (PDF), retrieved September 28, 2015.
  6. ^ a b "Locations". The Oregon Film Trail. Retrieved September 7, 2020.