Maxwell Point Rocky Shore

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About the Maxwell Point Rocky Shore Area

Maxwell Point is located to the north of the small town of Oceanside, Oregon and is accessible via the 3 Capes scenic route (which begins off Hwy 101 near Tillamook or by going north from Oceanside).
Intertidal areas are part of Oregon's Ocean Shore Recreation Area. Offshore rocks are part of the USFWS Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge and access is prohibited, as they are important habitat for birds and marine mammals.
Key Resources
Small seabird nesting areas (including Leaches storm petrels) and relatively undisturbed intertidal habitat.
  What can you do here?
Typical uses in this general area (mostly from the beach at Oceanside, to the south) include beachcombing, whale watching, sightseeing, and bird watching.

Educational Opportunities
Interpretive panels are located at Oceanside Beach State Recreation Site that discuss Three Arch Rocks National Wildlife Refuge and its importance to marine wildlife.

Getting to the Rocky shore at Maxwell Point

Access to shore level in this section is difficult; however, some access may be afforded at extreme low tides from the south.

Public Access Option 1 for Maxwell Point Rocky Shore

Who Owns this Site?
Submerged and intertidal lands: Division of State Lands; offshore rocks above Mean High Water (MHW): USFWS (National Wildlife Refuge); uplands are under private ownership.
  Who Manages this Site?
Beach and intertidal areas are managed by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department as part of the ocean shore recreation area.

Data for the Maxwell Point Rocky Shore
[1 Records Listed]

Maxwell Point Rocky Shore GIS Data
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[1 Records Listed]

Information compiled by Laurel Hillmann, NOAA Coastal Management Fellow, OPRD

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