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Tennessee Cove, Golden Gate National Recreation Area

Tennessee Cove is an embayment on the Pacific Ocean with a sandy beach about 10 miles (16 km) northwest of San Francisco and 3.6 miles (5.8 km) southwest of Mill Valley, California. The cove is named after the SS Tennessee, a steamship that ran aground near here on...

New Carissa, North Spit

The New Carissa was a freighter 639 feet (195 m) in length that grounded on North Spit in 1999, causing an oil spill about 5 miles (8 km) northwest of Coos Bay and 4 miles (6.5 km) west of the community of North Bend, Oregon.

Hug Point, Arch Cape

Hug Point is a headland in Hug Point State Recreation Site on the northern Oregon coast, about 1 mile (1.6 km) north of the community of Arch Cape and 5 miles (8.0 km) south of Cannon Beach, Oregon.

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Port O’Brien, Uganik Bay

Port O’Brien, Uganik Bay

Port O’Brien is a remote salmon cannery located on the eastern shore of Northeast Arm Uganik Bay on the northwest coast of Kodiak Island, about 147 miles (236 km) south-southwest of Homer and 34 miles (55 km) west of Kodiak, Alaska.

Rogue River, Gold Beach

Rogue River, Gold Beach

Rogue River begins at Boundary Springs at an elevation of 5,320 feet (1,622 m) near the northern edge of Mount Mazama in Crater Lake National Park and drains a watershed of 3.3 million acres (1.3 million ha) while flowing generally west for 215 miles (346 km) through the Cascade Range and the Klamath Mountains to the Pacific Ocean, about 23 miles (37 km) south-southeast of Port Orford and at Gold Beach, Oregon.

Falls Creek, Kachemak Bay

Falls Creek, Kachemak Bay

Falls Creek is on the Kenai Peninsula and flows generally south for 3.2 miles (5 km) to the northwestern shore of Kachemak Bay, in the Cottonwood Eastland Unit of Kachemak Bay State Park, about 17 miles (27 km) northeast of Homer and 2.5 miles (4 km) southwest of Kachemak Selo, Alaska.

McWay Creek, Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

McWay Creek, Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

McWay Creek drains a watershed of about 1730 acres (700 ha) and flows generally southwest for 2.5 miles (4.0 km) through Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park from McWay Canyon to McWay Falls, which cascades 80 feet (24 m) over a sea cliff into a cove on the Big Sur coast, about 30 miles (48 km) south-southeast of Carmel and 12 miles (19 km) northwest of Lucia, California.

Elwha River, Angeles Point

Elwha River, Angeles Point

Elwha River drains a watershed of about 204,799 acres (82,880 ha) and flows generally north for 45 miles (72 km) from a perennial snowfield at an elevation of 4,763 feet (1452 m) in the Olympic Mountains to Angeles Point at Freshwater Bay on the southern shore of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, about 33 miles (53 km) east-southeast of Clallam Bay and 6 miles (10 km) west-northwest of Port Angeles, Washington.

Barabara Point, Kachemak Bay

Barabara Point, Kachemak Bay

Barabara Point is on the Kenai Peninsula between McDonald Spit to the east and Seldovia Point to the west in Kachemak Bay, about 12 miles (19 km) south-southwest of Homer and 4 miles (6.5 km) northeast of Seldovia, Alaska.

Waldport, Alsea Bay

Waldport, Alsea Bay

Waldport is a community situated on the southern shore of Alsea Bay, an estuary of the Alsea River, about 15 miles (24 km) south of Newport and 8 miles (13 km) north of Yachats, Oregon.

Humpy Creek, Kachemak Bay

Humpy Creek, Kachemak Bay

Humpy Creek drains a watershed of 6,912 acres (2,797 ha) and flows generally northwest for about 4.5 miles (7 km) from Emerald Lake at an elevation of 1,138 feet (347 m) in the Kenai Mountains to the southeastern shore of Kachemak Bay, about 67 miles (108 km) southwest of Seward and 14 miles (22.5 km) east-northeast of Homer, Alaska.

Morro Dunes, Los Osos

Morro Dunes, Los Osos

Morro Dunes form a barrier spit separating Morro Bay to the east from the Pacific Ocean to the west, about 6 miles (10 km) south-southwest of the community of Morro Bay and 2 miles (3.2 km) west of Los Osos, California.

Dutch Harbor, Amaknak Island

Dutch Harbor, Amaknak Island

Dutch Harbor is an anchorage and fish processing facility on the east coast of Amaknak Island, bordered by Mount Ballyhoo to the west and a gravel spit to the east that forms the natural harbor, about 33 miles (53 km) southwest of Akutan and 3 miles (5 km) north-northeast of Unalaska, Alaska.

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