Thomas Creek Rocky Shore

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About the Thomas Creek Rocky Shore Area

Approximately one mile of rocky coastline (from just south Spruce Creek to just south of Thomas Creek) located approximately 11 miles north of Brookings in Curry County, Oregon. This section of coast is visually stunning and offers several viewpoints to enjoy amazing visual access but there is little physical access to the shoreline below the steep cliffs.
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
Inaccessible intertidal and subtidal habitat including limited kelp beds and some seabird use of the associated nearshore rocks.
  What can you do here?
The majority of human use along this section of coastline is confined to upland uses such as hiking the Oregon Coast trail, sightseeing, and birdwatching. The adjacent ocean is popular for private and charter fishing vessels with some use by recreational SCUBA divers.

Getting to the Rocky shore at Thomas Creek

Some physical access to the shoreline may be possible from some of the highway pullouts but there are no maintained trails that lead all the way to the beach. Visual access is amazing, including views of Thomas Creek Bridge, the highest in Oregon.

Public Access Option 1 for Thomas Creek Rocky Shore

Who Owns this Site?
Submerged and submersible (intertidal) lands: Division of State Lands; adjacent beaches and upland: Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (as part of Samuel Boardman State Scenic Corridor).
  Who Manages this Site?
Oregon Parks and Recreation Department manages the ocean shore recreation area. Samuel Boardman State Scenic Corridor is part of OPRD Area 4 and the Harris Beach management unit.

Data for the Thomas Creek Rocky Shore
[1 Records Listed]

Thomas Creek Rocky Shore GIS Data
Data Layer

[1 Records Listed]

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

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