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The next California King Tide Project dates are January 11 & 12, 2024 and February 9, 2024.
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Use your smart phone or digital camera to participate in the Project by taking and uploading photos of king tides through the King Tides Photo Upload form. Start by choosing where you'll go to take your photos and then look at the tide map below to find out what time and how high your king tides will be. Take your photos as near to high tide time as you can. Your photos will be displayed on an interactive map. (If you'd like to share a video clip of king tides with us, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for instructions.)
* LEARN HOW TO UPLOAD YOUR KING TIDES PHOTOS *
The most important thing to remember is to be safe! Take extra precautions when you walk on slippery areas or near big waves, and always be conscious of your surroundings and the weather conditions. Don't turn your back on the ocean! Please be aware that shore birds may be taking refuge in areas above the tide line - don't flush them out in the process of getting your shot.
Some of the most powerful images are taken in areas that are subject to flooding and erosion, and of places where high water levels can be gauged against familiar landmarks (such as cliffs, rocks, roads, buildings, bridge supports, sea walls, staircases, and piers).
In addition to uploading your photos, you can also share them on social media using #kingtides. We'll be liking and sharing your posts throughout the King Tides season.
The map below has information from the previous king tides season. Check back in fall for updated high tide info.
If you have trouble viewing the map below, open it in a separate window. You can also check NOAA's Tides & Currents webpage directly to find additional tide information.
Depending on location, there may be relatively high tides a day before our statewide King Tides dates, and one of the King Tides dates may be significantly higher than others. If you're flexible, try to photograph the tide on the day of your location's highest tide. Storm swells may increase water height on King Tides and non-King Tides days, so it's helpful to check swell forecasts. Focusing on our designated King Tides dates allows us to create a "snapshot" of the whole coast on the highest predicted water levels of the year.
You can upload photos either via a web browser or with the free
Be sure to have your phone's location services ON when you're taking your King Tides photos! If using
a digital camera, please make a note of exactly where you are so you can mark your photo location on the map when
you upload it via the web browser.
Please email email@example.com if you have trouble uploading your photos.
To upload photos via a web browser:
To use the app:
You can download a PDF of the instructions below, including screenshots of the app.
To Use the App Offline: