Whaleshead Rocks Rocky Shore

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About the Whaleshead Rocks Rocky Shore Area

Approximately one mile of coastline dominated by several large offshore rocks, including Whaleshead Island, fronting Samuel Boardman State Scenic Corridor, about 10 miles north of Brookings, 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.
Key Resources
Intertidal and subtidal (including kelp beds) habitat with several large nearshore rocks that are used by seabirds and harbor seals.
  What can you do here?
Hiking on the Oregon Coast trail, sightseeing, surf fishing, and beachcombing. The adjacent ocean is popular for private and charter fishing vessels with some use by recreational SCUBA divers.

Getting to the Rocky shore at Whaleshead Rocks

Access to the shoreline is possible from both the Whaleshead Beach (paved and relatively easy) and Whaleshead Viewpoint (primitive and slightly more difficult) parking areas within Samuel Boardman State Scenic Corridor.

Public Access Option 1 for Whaleshead Rocks Rocky Shore
Public Access Option 2 for Whaleshead Rocks 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. Offshore rocks are managed by USFWS as part of the Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge.

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

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