Blacklock Point / Tower Rock Rocky Shore

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About the Blacklock Point / Tower Rock Rocky Shore Area

1 mile of intertidal habitat at Blacklock Point 2.5 miles north of Cape Blanco, south of the small town of Langlois, in Floras Lake State Natural Area, Curry County, Oregon
The beaches and rocky shores of Oregon are part of Oregon’s Ocean Shore Recreation Area and the offshore rocks and islands are part of the Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge.
Key Resources
Relatively undisturbed rocky intertidal communities. Harbor seals and California sea lions use rocky areas near the tip of Blacklock Point to haul out. A portion of the upland is a pygmy pine forest and the area was used historically as a sandstone quarry.
  What can you do here?
Use of the area is relatively low due to the remote nature of the site and includes sightseeing, hiking on the adjacent Oregon Coast Trail, fishing from shore and some tidepooling.

Getting to the Rocky shore at Blacklock Point / Tower Rock

A 1.5 mile-long trail (one way) through forest from the Cape Blanco airport to the point then a climb down a steep slope to the intertidal area. The gravel trailhead parking area can be reached by turning off HWY 101 a few miles south of the small town of Denmark, across from Pacific High School. There is a small sign pointing to the airport, turn on Airport Road, and go past the cranberry bogs (total driving distance off 101 is approximately 3 miles). The road ends in a barrier for the Cape Blanco Airport. There is limited parking near the sign for Blacklock Point, or by following the small gravel road to a larger parking area. Follow the main trail and signs to Blacklock Point. Trail access by way of the Boice-Cope County Park is also possible.

Public Access Option 1 for Blacklock Point / Tower Rock Rocky Shore

Who Owns this Site?
Submerged and submersible (intertidal) lands: Division of State Lands; offshore rocks above Mean High Water: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; upland above MHW and dry sands beach areas and uplands: Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.
  Who Manages this Site?
Floras Lake State Natural Area is an undeveloped OPRD property, which is part of Area 4 (Southwestern Oregon), and the Cape Blanco Management Unit. Oregon Parks and Recreation Department manages the ocean shore recreation area.

Data for the Blacklock Point / Tower Rock Rocky Shore
[2 Records Listed]

Blacklock Point / Tower Rock 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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