Gregory Point Rocky Shore

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About the Gregory Point Rocky Shore Area

57 acres of subtidal and 3.5 acres of intertidal area with associated rocks northwest of the mouth of Sunset Bay, approximately 12 miles southwest of Coos Bay, in Coos County, Oregon.
Research ReserveSubtidal Research Reserve. Gregory Point subtidal research reserve includes “all areas seaward of extreme low tide in the area defined by the points making lines from 43 20’35. 9’’ N. Lat., 124 22’50.3 W. Long. (point A) to 43 20’35.9’’ N. Lat., 124 22’53.7’’ W. Long. (point B), and seaward of extreme low tide from 43 20’24. 1’’ N. Lat., 123 22’32.7’’ W. Long. (point D) to 43 20’39.0’’ N. Lat 124 22’38.2’’ W. Long. (point C). Additionally, the entire Cape Arago Headland is identified by OPRD as an Intertidal Marine Protected Area for public awareness purposes only. This designation holds no special regulatory or enforcement powers.
Key Resources
Seabird nesting sites on Lighthouse Island; extensive intertidal and subtidal rocky habitat between Lighthouse Island and Squaw Island. Harbor seals use rocks in the area as a haulout.
  What can you do here?
Primarily sightseeing from cliff above and general recreation at Sunset Beach nearby; some fishing from shore for rockfish and surfing at locally known access points; recreational fishing and SCUBA diving from boats launched at Sunset Bay during good weather. Designation of Gregory Point as a subtidal research reserve means all collection of shellfish and marine invertebrates is prohibited (see current ODFW fishing regulations for exact boundaries), except by scientific permit.

Getting to the Rocky shore at Gregory Point

Shore level is reached with difficulty via unofficial hiking trails through coastal forest in the Sunset Bay area, from a parking area at the old Coast Guard housing site off Lighthouse Way, by climbing over rocks at extreme low tide (very difficult) from Sunset Bay, or by boat.

Public Access Option 1 for Gregory Point Rocky Shore
Public Access Option 2 for Gregory Point Rocky Shore

Who Owns this Site?
Submerged and submersible (intertidal) lands: Division of State Lands; beach and most upland area: Department of Parks and Recreation; other upland: U.S. Bureau of Land Management (former U.S. Coast Guard site), Confederated Tribes of the Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians.
  Who Manages this Site?
A section of the area is adjacent to Sunset Bay State Park, managed by Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) and the intertidal area is managed by ODFW as a subtidal research reserve area. Offshore rocks in the area are part of the Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge. OPRD manages the ocean shore recreation area.

Data for the Gregory Point Rocky Shore
[5 Records Listed]

Gregory Point Rocky Shore GIS Data
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[5 Records Listed]

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

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