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Arch Cape, Oregon
South on Hwy 101 at Arch Cape
South on Hwy 101 at Arch Cape
Arch Cape, Oregon is located in Oregon
Arch Cape, Oregon
Arch Cape, Oregon
Location in Oregon
Arch Cape, Oregon is located in the United States
Arch Cape, Oregon
Arch Cape, Oregon
Location in the United States
Country United States
State Oregon
County Clatsop
30 ft (9 m)
Time zone UTC-8 (Pacific (PST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-7 (PDT)
ZIP code
Area codes 503 & 971
GNIS feature ID 1117030

Arch Cape is an unincorporated community in Clatsop County, Oregon, United States. Named for the natural arch in the coastal rocks and the headland (cape) that extends into the Pacific Ocean, it is located along the Pacific coast, approximately four miles south of Cannon Beach, between Hug Point State Recreation Site to the north and Oswald West State Park to the south.

Infrastructure and economy

While Arch Cape has no retail stores or restaurants, it includes a Catholic church and three small hotels. Part of the Cannon Beach Rural Fire Protection District, Arch Cape also has a fire station.

A large shingle mill operated along Arch Cape Creek from the 1940s until July 1967 when it burned down. In their book Arch Cape Chronicles, authors David and Alma English assert that the shingle mill "had an enormous impact on this area since it was...a large operation [that] employed 40 men at one time." Today, the Arch Cape Water and Sanitary Districts operate near the site of the old mill.

In September 2017, Arch Cape was recognized by the Oregon Water Resources Department for its water conservation program. That same year, the Oregon Department of Forestry’s State Forest Stewardship Coordinating Committee recommended that the United States Forest Service consider a request from the Arch Cape Water District and North Coast Land Conservancy for $4.5 million to help acquire the watershed that provides Arch Cape's water. Once acquired, the land would serve as a 2100-acre community forest.


The 2000 United States Census showed that Arch Cape had a population of 205. However, according to the 2015 Arch Cape Domestic Water Supply District Water Management and Conservation Plan, in the summer months, Arch Cape's population is closer to 900.

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