Stay off Oregon’s coastal jetties!

 

Jetties are not for public use (Corps of Engineers photo)

Jetties are not for public use (Corps of Engineers photo)

 

Just as bridges provide safe passage over rivers, gorges or other depressions, jetties help ocean-going vessels move between coastal rivers and the Pacific Ocean.  Some of their dangers are visible, others are hidden:

  • Sudden larger waves, even in calm weather, can knock a person off balance or into the water
  • Waves and strong currents near the jetty can prevent safe recovery after a fall into the water
  • Open crevasses between large boulders create stepping hazards
  • Slippery rock surfaces caused by sea spray
  • Sinkholes, caused by drifting sand pushed up against the jetty being eroded by moving water inside the structure, can give way unexpectedly
  • Caverns within the structure, caused by the eroding of stones and sand, could be hidden below a thin surface and suddenly collapse

What you should understand and tell others about this:  Jetties were never intended to be used for recreational purposes. Stay off the jetties.