Arch Cape Rocky Shore

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About the Arch Cape Rocky Shore Area

Arch Cape is a small rocky headland on the northern end of Oswald West State Park in Clatsop County, Oregon.
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. Intertidal areas are part of Oregon’s Ocean Shore Recreation Area.
Key Resources
Small seabird colony and limited intertidal habitat (onsite) and significant nesting seabird colonies offshore at Castle and Gull Rocks.
  What can you do here?
Use is primarily recreational beach activities such as beachcombing and sightseeing with some shellfish harvest.

Getting to the Rocky shore at Arch Cape

Access is via residential roads and county beach access points including those off of Leach and Maxwell Avenues (both unpaved with no designated parking or facilities) in Arch Cape. From those points it is a short walk down the beach to the beginning of the Arch Cape rocky area.

Public Access Option 1 for Arch Cape Rocky Shore

Who Owns this Site?
Submerged and intertidal lands: Division of State Lands; offshore rocks above Mean High Water (MHW): U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; dry sands beach is a state recreation area under jurisdiction of Oregon Parks and Recreation Department; most upland beyond the statutory line of vegetation is privately owned except for property to the south that is part of Oswald West State Park.
  Who Manages this Site?
The rocks above MHW are managed by the USFWS as part of the Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge and the beach and intertidal area are managed by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department as part of the ocean shore.

Data for the Arch Cape Rocky Shore
[4 Records Listed]

Arch Cape Rocky Shore GIS Data
Data Layer

[4 Records Listed]

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

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