Shutdown Notice
Due to the lapse in federal appropriations, this website will not be updated until further notice. Where public access to refuge lands does not require the presence of a federal employee or contractor, activities on refuge lands will be allowed to continue on the same terms as before the appropriations lapse. Any entry onto Refuge System property during this period of federal government shutdown is at the visitor's sole risk. Please read this important updated message about the closure of National Wildlife Refuge System facilities during the shutdown, and refer to alerts posted on individual refuge websites for the status of visitor facilities and previously scheduled events that may still occur during the shutdown.

For more information, please visit the Department of Interior webpage at



Tufted Puffins

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Three Arch Rocks was once home to the largest breeding colony of Tufted Puffins in Oregon. If you want to see these comical-looking seabirds today, check out Haystack Rock in Cannon Beach from May-August.

Meet these "parrots of the sea"

Creature Features

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Browse this collection of writings and photographs by Refuge volunteer Peter Pearsall.

Get a fresh perspective on our Refuges

Harlequin Ducks

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These handsomely costumed birds squeak like real-life rubber duckies—and they're winter residents up and down our coast. They're the only North American duck to migrate from sea to mountain streams to breed.

Get a behind-the-scenes look at this motley character

Birds of Prey

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While admiring the refuge from afar, stay on the lookout for soaring raptors, among the most impressive predators on our coast.

Learn more about coastal raptors
Featured Stories

Mal de Murre?

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Three Arch Rocks historically was a breeding site to more than 200,000 Common Murres. These days, the larger colonies are all but abandoned.

See what's spooked the murres

About the Complex

Oregon Coastal Refuge Complex

Three Arch Rocks National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Oregon Coastal Refuge Complex.

Read more about the complex
About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America's fish, wildlife, and plants.

Learn more about the NWRS