Crook Point Rocky Shore

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About the Crook Point Rocky Shore Area

1.4 miles of offshore rocks, cliffs, rocky intertidal, and subtidal reef/kelp beds on Mack Reef and near Crook and Mack Points, approximately 11 miles south of Gold Beach, in 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. Crook Point is also now part of the Oregon Islands NWR and is closed to all public entry.
Key Resources
Rocks off Crook Point and within the Mack Reef complex support the second largest seabird nesting area in Oregon (the largest is at Three Arch Rocks); 11 of the 13 seabird species that nest in Oregon use the area at 14 colony sites with over 200,000 birds total; peregrine falcon and brown pelican; harbor seal haulout and pupping area; California and Stellar sea lions use the area as a haulout; small rocky intertidal habitats that support a diverse array of invertebrates and algae; a large (300-acre) bed of bull kelp (Nereocystis) indicates rich subtidal reef habitat on Mack Reef.
  What can you do here?
Little use of the shoreline due to the poor access; use of Mack Reef includes commercial hook-and-line fishing and some commercial urchin harvest. Most of the upland area is now closed to public access. The majority of use is on the adjacent beach (i.e., beachcombing, walking). Crook Point is now part of the Oregon Islands NWR and is closed to all public entry.

Getting to the Rocky shore at Crook Point

Access to the Crook Point area is a two-mile walk along the beach from Pistol River State Scenic Viewpoint (SSV). Pistol River SSV is approximately 11 miles south of Gold Beach, just south of the river’s mouth off HWY 101. From the small parking area, it may be necessary to wade across the small lagoon to the beach. Alternatively it is possible to walk around the bank on the east side of the lagoon (which is approximately 0.5 miles long). From the parking area to the north end of the site it is a one-mile walk along the beach. However, public access to Crook Point NWR is now restricted by the USFWS and prohibited without prior special approval.

Public Access Option 1 for Crook Point Rocky Shore

Who Owns this Site?
Submerged and submersible (intertidal) lands: Division of State Lands; offshore rocks above Mean High Water and Crook Point upland area: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; dry sands beach area and portions of adjacent uplands: Oregon Department of Parks and Recreation; other adjacent uplands: private ownership.
  Who Manages this Site?
The property on the far north end of the site is managed as Pistol River State Scenic Viewpoint, which is part of OPRD Area 4 (South-Western Oregon), Harris Beach Management Unit. The upland property to the south, including the offshore rocks is managed by USFWS as part of the Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge. Oregon Parks and Recreation Department manages the ocean shore recreation area.

Data for the Crook Point Rocky Shore
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Crook Point Rocky Shore GIS Data
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Information compiled by Laurel Hillmann, NOAA Coastal Management Fellow, OPRD

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