Coast Guard anticipates closing bars

SEATTLE – The Coast Guard anticipates closing multiple river bars throughout Oregon and Washington beginning as early as Saturday due to the potential for extreme winds and heavy seas that are expected through the region over the following few days. Should extreme weather require closure of all or a portion of the bars, the Coast Guard will issue a broadcast notice to mariners with regulation advisories.

The following bars may be affected:

  • Gray’s Harbor, Wash.
  • Willapa Bay, Ore.
  • Columbia River, Ore.
  • Nehalem River, Ore.
  • Tillamook Bay, Ore.
  • Netarts Bay, Ore.,
  • Depoe Bay, Ore.,
  • Yaquina Bay, Ore.
  • Siuslaw River, Ore.

It is every boater’s responsibility to know whether the bar entrance they are trying to cross is restricted.

Mariners may request to transit through these waters or to obtain current river bar status by contacting the Coast Guard on Channel VHF-16. For additional information or to report an emergency, please contact the closest Coast Guard unit.

The Coast Guard will make every effort to re-open waterways as soon as they are considered safe for navigation.

There is a small craft advisory for hazardous seas now in effect through Saturday morning and a gale warning in effect form Saturday afternoon through Sunday afternoon for the coastal waters from Cape Shoalwater, Wash., to Cascade Head, Ore.

Forecasts call for Saturday night having 30 to 40 knot wind combined with 25-foot seas and showers.

Sunday morning is forecasted to have 30 to 40 knot wind, 27-foot seas and showers subsiding to 10 to 15 knot winds and 19-foot swells Monday.

The Coast Guard reminds boaters that safety should be everyone’s top concern. Boaters should always file a float plan with family members or friends, make sure your vessel has all necessary safety equipment, especially lifejackets and know your capability and that of your vessel and crew.

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