Plan Your Visit

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Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge comprises more than 1,800 rocks, reefs, and islands spanning the entire Oregon coast. Much of this refuge lies offshore, but there is ample opportunity to view the rocks and their inhabitants in any season, from any number of vantages.


The seabirds and pinnipeds found on offshore rocks, reefs and islands are extremely susceptible to human disturbance; thus these areas are closed to public entry year-round. However, many state parks and other open spaces along the mainland offer phenomenal views of the refuge and its wildlife. Mainland sites with viewing decks overlooking seabird colonies include Ecola State Park, Cape Meares State Scenic Viewpoint,Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area, Coquille Point in Bandon, Heceta Head State Scenic Viewpoint, and Harris Beach State Park. Other locations on the Oregon coast can be found by consulting the Oregon Coast Birding Trail guide.        

Directions

The 1,853 islands can be seen from numerous viewpoints up and down the coast. Coquille Point, a mainland unit of Oregon Islands Refuge, is located in Bandon. Take 11th street in Bandon and head west for about one mile. The road will end at the parking area at Coquille Point. 

Hours & Fees

There are no fees for this refuge. 

The refuge does not have a visitor center. The islands can be viewed from various locations at all hours, including Coquille Point.

Weather & Tides

Weather on the coast is a mercurial thing. You can expect to experience temperatures ranging between 45 and 75 degrees; fog and high winds are common, as well as radiant sunshine. Rain is a perennial threat, so bring proper attire. 

If you're visiting during the winter, expect rainy conditions. In summer, you maymayexperience nice and dry days. Check the forecast for current conditions.

Incoming tides isolate rocks from headlands and the shore. Avoid the temptation of strolling to an interesting rock without knowing the tides. Free tide tables are available at state park offices, information centers, shops and motels.

There are several resources online for tracking the tides; here's one good option.

Pets

Dogs are permitted only at Coquille Point. For the protection of pets, wildlife and visitors, all pets are required to be on leash. 

Please remember to keep your distance from Harbor Seals and other pinnipeds resting on the rocks. Also keep in mind that all migratory birds are protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, which applies to all migratory birds and their parts, including eggs, nests, and feathers. The act forbids the taking, killing, or possessing of any migratory bird or its parts.

For a surefire way to get closer to wildlife without undue disturbance, bring binoculars or a spotting scope. And don't forget the camera!