Tips for Visitors

Eclipse Begins Monday, August 21, 2017, at 9:04am
Anticipated Community Impact Days: Thursday, 08/17 – Tuesday, 08/22


Lincoln County’s population of approximately 46,500 is expected to swell to 115,000+ during the impact period. It is best to arrive early, come prepared, and have reasonable expectations, given the situation. Once the eclipse begins, you will forget all about the crowds and any small inconveniences it took for you to experience this wondrous event!


The Oregon Coast is beautiful, but keep local hazards in mind and always know where your safe zones are, especially when at the beach or near the ocean.  Important hazards to be aware of:

  • Tides – We expect a very high tide the night before the eclipse. If you plan to visit the beach know when to expect the incoming and outgoing tides; remember, our rivers in the tidal area may also be affected by the tidal changes.
  • Distant/Local Tsunami Zones - Know where your safety areas are, be aware of your environment and where to go in the event of flooding, earthquakes and other natural disasters. Use due diligence; overall, be aware of your surroundings. Tsunami Public Evacuation Maps,

While Visiting During The Eclipse Impact Days:

  • Do not think, “We’ll just pick up what we need when we get there.” Supplies, cash, fuel, and restaurant meals may be limited or have long lines due to high demand.
  • Think about your personal safety and security:
    • Have a good communication plan with your family members. Cell service may be limited due to the increased volume. Have an out of area friend or family member you can check in with if you get separated. Pick a landmark where you can reunite if you get separated in a crowd.
    • Do not leave valuables in your vehicles. Think through your security plan and how to keep important items secure, i.e., cell phones, telescopes, binoculars, wallets, etc.
  • Make sure your vehicle/RV has been serviced and you are all fueled up and ready to go (gas, propane, etc.)
  • Help us keep our communities and public areas clean and safe; follow the rule “Pack it in, Pack it out!”

What to Bring With you

  • Eclipse Viewing Glasses
  • Water (plenty of it)
  • Emergency Go Kit w/First Aid 
  • Necessary medications for you and your pets
  • Cash (ATMs may be limited during this time)
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat/visor
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Folding chair
  • Jacket or sweatshirt (for the evening hours)
  • Snacks/food for the hours, days you plan to be with us
  • Prepaid phone card – if you need to call long distance and cellular service is not available
  • Maps of area if you need directions (print your directions and bring them with you); your cellular service may be limited during heaviest impact times