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When will super low tides happen on the Oregon coast in 2021?

Ancient sitka spruce trees emerge from the beach during a super low tide at Neskowin on the Oregon coast. The so-called "ghost forest" is thought to have been buried during a massive earthquake 2,000 years ago, initially uncovered by storms in the late 1990s. Today, the trees are visible at low tide. LC- Jamie Hale/The Oregonian

If you want to safely and reliably explore all of the low tide wonders on the Oregon coast, you should probably wait for a super low tide.

In 2021, the lowest tides of the year are happening between April and July, when low tides are predicted to go below two feet at points up and down the Oregon coast.

This year’s super low tides will take place around April 29, May 27, June 25 and July 24, according to predictions by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association. The dates in May and June offer the lowest tides of the year.

While those dates will feature the lowest tides of the month at most spots, the one or two days before and after will also feature significant low tides. Tides vary from location to location, so be sure to check the tide tables for the area you’ll be in. Tide predictions can be found online at tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov.

Intertidal areas that become exposed during super low tides can reveal hidden treasures, unseen worlds or offer temporary access to normally inaccessible places. They can also be treacherous to navigate, with many slippery spots, sharp rocks and pools of standing water.

Those treading into intertidal areas also need to take great care not to injure or destroy the plants and animals that live there. Only step on rocks and don’t disturb any creatures.

You’ll also want to make sure to give yourself plenty of time if you go exploring at low tide. Start as the tide is receding, and head back as it starts to rise. It can be dangerously easy to get trapped in intertidal areas, an experience that can turn deadly once the tide is back in.

Looking for great destinations during super low tides? Check these out:

Ghost forest emerges from the sand in Neskowin

Shipwrecked boiler a hidden treasure near Depoe Bay

12 great tide pooling spots on the Oregon coast

Walk all the way around Haystack rock at super low tide

Low tide etiquette: How to stay safe and respectful around tide pools

--Jamie Hale; jhale@oregonian.com; 503-294-4077; @HaleJamesB