Strawberry Hill Rocky Shore

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About the Strawberry Hill Rocky Shore Area

0.8 miles of intertidal habitat approximately 5 miles south of Yachats, in Lane County, Oregon. Strawberry Hill wayside is part of Neptune State Scenic Viewpoint. The site is made up of a series of rocky outcroppings along the base of Cape Perpetua.
Research ReserveResearch Reserve. Strawberry Hill is part of Neptune State Park Research Reserve, which includes “all rocky areas, tide pools, and sand beaches situated between extreme high tide and extreme low tide lying between the northerly and southerly boundaries of the northern parcel of Neptune State Park.”
Key Resources
Diverse intertidal habitat and Harbor seal haulout and pupping area. For information about responsible seal viewing download this PDF by NMFS.
  What can you do here?
Human use includes scientific research, sightseeing, sport fishing from shore, beachcombing, marine mammal viewing and tidepooling. Strawberry Hill 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.

Educational Opportunities
The site is currently the location for one of OPRD’s rocky shore interpretive rangers. The ranger offers short tidepool presentations to people down in the tidepool area but does not currently offer scheduled programs/walks. Topics of these programs may include marine mammals, invertebrate ecology, and basic tidepool etiquette and safety. A ranger is either at Strawberry Hill or Heceta Head for interpretive guidance on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in July and August (subject to change). Campground programs may also involve rocky shore interpretive concepts at nearby Washburne State Park. Contact the Beachside SP management unit for information about the Strawberry Hill rocky shore interpretive program (541-563-3220).

Getting to the Rocky shore at Strawberry Hill

Relatively easy but unimproved access trail from Strawberry Hill parking overlook area. There are wooden stairs down the first part of the path from the overlook/parking area, followed by a sand path down a moderate slope the rest of the way.

Public Access Option 1 for Strawberry Hill Rocky Shore

Who Owns this Site?
Submerged and submersible (intertidal) lands: Division of State Lands; beach and upland areas: Oregon Department of Parks and Recreation (OPRD).
  Who Manages this Site?
The Strawberry Hill area is part of the Neptune State Park Research Reserve. Neptune State Scenic Viewpoint is part of the OPRD central coast (Area 3) Management Area, and the Beachside Management Unit. The beaches and rocky shores of Oregon are part of Oregon’s Ocean Shore Recreation Area, which is managed by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.

Data for the Strawberry Hill Rocky Shore
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Information compiled by Laurel Hillmann, NOAA Coastal Management Fellow, OPRD

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