Mack Arch Cove Rocky Shore

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About the Mack Arch Cove Rocky Shore Area

The Mack Reef Complex is a grouping of offshore rocks and submerged reef habitat located immediately south of Crook Point in Curry County Oregon, approximately 11 miles south of Gold Beach. Mack Arch Cove is the adjacent shoreline (a combination of rocky intertidal and small sandy beaches) that includes Mack Point, Mack, Arch Cove, and Burnt Hill Creek on the southern end.
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
Diverse and relatively undisturbed intertidal habitat, dense kelp beds (approximately 7.5% of state’s total subtidal beds), red urchins, with heavy use of the offshore rocks by a variety of seabirds, including: Leaches storm petrels, pigeon guillemots, western gulls, common murres, Brandt’s, double crested, and pelagic cormorants.
  What can you do here?
There is limited use of the shoreline given the lack of pubic access, however, these waters are popular areas for both commercial and recreational fishing, including an urchin fishery.

Getting to the Rocky shore at Mack Arch Cove

All uplands along this stretch of coastline are under private ownership and access is all via private lands.

Who Owns this Site?
Submerged and submersible (intertidal) lands: Division of State Lands; rocks above Mean High Water: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
  Who Manages this Site?
Oregon Parks and Recreation Department manages the ocean shore recreation area. Offshore rocks are managed by USFWS as part of the Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge.

Data for the Mack Arch Cove Rocky Shore
[2 Records Listed]

Mack Arch Cove 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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