Crook Point, Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge

Crook Point, Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge

by | Jan 22, 2019

Crook Point is 1.4 miles (2.3 km) of offshore rocks, cliffs, rocky intertidal, and subtidal reefs with kelp beds, approximately 11 miles (18 km) south of Gold Beach, Oregon. The beaches and rocky shores are part of Oregon’s Ocean Shore Recreation Area. The uplands above the beach, and the offshore rocks and islands, are part of the Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge. Access to Crook Point is a walk of 2 miles (3.2 km) along the beach from Pistol River State Scenic Viewpoint.

Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge is one of six refuges comprising the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex. The refuge provides wilderness protection to 1,853 small islands, rocks, and reefs plus two headlands, totaling 371 acres (150 ha) and spanning 320 miles (516 km) of Oregon’s coastline from the California border to Tillamook Head.

The rocks and islands off Crook Point and within the Mack Reef complex support the second-largest seabird nesting area in Oregon. Mack Arch, one of the most iconic features of the whole Oregon coast, is the largest sea arch in the state with an opening 130 feet (40 m) across. The rocks off Crook Point support 11 of the 13 seabird species that nest in Oregon with 14 colony sites containing over 200,000 birds. The rocks are also used as haul outs for seals and sea lions. The rocky intertidal habitats support a diverse array of plants and animals, including a 300-acre (121 ha) bed of bull kelp. Read more here and here. Explore more of Crook Point here:

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