Old-growth forest surrounded by a tumultuous ocean set the primeval scene at Cape Meares National Wildlife Refuge. Its cliffs support thousands of nesting seabirds, a pair of Peregrine Falcons, spectacular views of the roiling Pacific and its inhabitants.

Visit Us

National Wildlife Refuges offer us all a chance to unplug from the stresses of daily life and reconnect with our natural surroundings.

Cape Meares affords panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean dotted with offshore rocks, inhabited with seabirds and pinnipeds in summer. Three Arch Rocks and Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuges can also be seen from Cape Meares NWR, making it the only place in the United States where three Refuges can be seen from one location.

Location and Contact Information

      About Us

      Cape Meares NWR was established in 1938 as a refuge and breeding ground for seabirds and other marine and coastal wildlife.

      What We Do

      The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service conserves and monitors plants and wildlife, manages and restores habitat, and provides outdoor recreation for the public at the nation’s more than 550 National Wildlife Refuges. 

      Our Species

      Brandt's Cormorant

      No matter what time of year one visits the Oregon coast, wildlife are plentiful. Binoculars or spotting scopes are highly recommended for those interested in spotting some of the species of interest at Cape Meares.  

      Get Involved

      From its start in 1903, the National Wildlife Refuge System has owed its very existence to concerned citizens eager to protect America's natural resources. Learn how you can support the refuge by volunteering or through our partner organizations.