Operation Shore Patrol

Founded in 1971 by the Pacific Northwest Four Wheel Drive Association (PNW4WDA) and supported by Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission, Dept. of Ecology and The Ocean Conservancy, Operation Shore Patrol is an annual clean up of Washington State coastline beaches. Through continued support of local, regional and national organizations this initiative has been able to continually rid our beaches of litter and debris that accumulates from public use, illegal dumping and from the Pacific Ocean.

The PNW4WDA which is dedicated to preserving our environment for future generations saw the need to form an organized cleanup of our coastline beaches. The Pacific Northwest Four Wheel Drive Association was founded in 1960 and has always stood by the education of land issues through work parties, clean ups, rallys and jamborees. Of course these events would not be possible without the generous support of our volunteers and sponsors.

Who else is involved with the cleanup effort?

  • Chamber of Commerce
  • Department of Ecology
  • Grays Harbor County Commissioners & Public Works
  • Merchants Associations
  • Retail Stores
  • Service Clubs/VFW Lodges
  • Washington State Parks & Recreation Commission
  • Cities of Westport/Ocean Shores/Long Beach
  • Good Sams
  • Interested Citizens
  • Peninsula Schools
  • Scouts
  • Telephone Pioneers
  • Grass Roots Garbage Gang

The Department of Ecology donates posters to participants & Grays Harbor County provides debris disposal. Local merchants and service groups provide various breakfast, lunch and dinner feeds for volunteers. They also offer discounts and contribute door prizes for raffles. All interested citizens are urged to participate. Bring gloves and rain gear and be careful of soft sand!

This event occurs on the third weekend of September each year.
Event locations include Long Beach area, Westport area & the Ocean Shores area.
More details will be posted on the Calendar for each location when available.