Boiler Bay Rocky Shore

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About the Boiler Bay Rocky Shore Area

The Boiler Bay rocky shore cell is made up of approximately 2.7 miles of intertidal habitat located about two miles north of Depoe Bay in Lincoln County, Oregon. Boiler Bay is made up of a mix of substrate types and wave exposure regimes including boulder fields and bedrock platforms, resulting in a rich intertidal assemblage of marine plants and animals.
Research ReserveResearch Reserve. The Boiler Bay Research Reserve includes “all rocky areas, tide pools, and sand beaches situated between extreme high tide and extreme low tide lying between a line projected due west from the mouth of Fogarty Creek, on the north, and a line projected due west from the westernmost tip of Government Point at Boiler Bay State Wayside on the south.”
Key Resources
In addition to rich natural resources (including a diversity of tidepool organisms that live here), the area also is home to a historic, cultural resource as well. In 1910, a ship (the J. Marhoffer) was sunk by an explosion and you can see the old boiler (the bay's namesake) at low tide.
  What can you do here?
Typical activities at Boiler bay include Scientific research, educational activities, sport fishing from shore, and tidepooling. Boiler Bay is designated a research reserve, therefore, collection of intertidal shellfish and invertebrates is limited (see current ODFW fishing regulations for a list of species and exact boundaries), except by scientific permit.

Getting to the Rocky shore at Boiler Bay

Access is via steep, unimproved trails to Boiler Bay with access through private property at the north end of area. Parking is extremely limited in this area. No direct access to intertidal areas is afforded from Boiler Bay State Scenic Viewpoint.

Public Access Option 1 for Boiler Bay Rocky Shore
Public Access Option 2 for Boiler Bay Rocky Shore

Who Owns this Site?
Submerged and intertidal lands: Division of State Lands; the upland on the south side of Boiler Bay is owned by Oregon Parks and Recreation Department; the US Fish and Wildlife Service owns offshore rocks above MHW that are not connected to land at high tide. Most of the land adjacent to the research reserve is in private ownership.
  Who Manages this Site?
Boiler Bay is part of the Boiler Bay Intertidal Research Reserve, which is managed by Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW). Without a scientific collection permit, the only species that may be harvested are abalone, clams, Dungeness crab, red rock crab, mussels, paddocks, scallops and shrimp. Otherwise, a scientific take permit must be issue for scientific and educational purposes. Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) manages Boiler Bay State Scenic Viewpoint on the bluff above the south side of the bay. Boiler Bay SSV is part of OPRD Area 1 and the Beverley Beach management unit.

Data for the Boiler Bay Rocky Shore
[2 Records Listed]

Boiler Bay Rocky Shore GIS Data
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[2 Records Listed]

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

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