Tide pooling can be very dangerous, especially in areas that you are not familiar with. Have a great time, enjoy nature, but always be aware of your surroundings. The Oregon coast beaches can be dangerous, especially in the winter. Be very aware of the tides, sneeker waves can be deadly. NEVER keep your back to the surf and don't play on the logs. If a sneaker wave comes, it will pick that log up like a toothpick and can land on you.
The following is a list of favorite tide pool areas on the North Oregon Coast:
Seaside Beach - The Cove (south end): Explore around the large rocks at low tide, but BE CAREFUL, this area is known for sneaker waves.
Ecola State Park: Indian Beach - There is a path down to the beach and there are tide pools at the south end. Find more info about Ecola State Park
Haystack Rock - Canon Beach: One of the best places along the coast. You can find an array of creatures such as sea stars, hermit crabs, anemones, purple shore crabs, limpets, sea cucumbers and an array of birds, including puffins. More about Haystack Rock
|Canon Beach Tide Pools|
Arcadia State Park: Located just 2 miles south of Canon Beach, the tide pools are at the north end of the park. More about Arcadia State Park
Oswald West State Park - Short Sands Beach: Popular with surfboarders and boogie boarders, the beach is always alive with activity. More about Short Sands Beach
Barview Jetty - Barview Jetty Park: Beach access with rocky areas and a few scattered tide pools
Oceanside: Head north and go through the tunnel to find the secret beach on the other side. Viewable on extreme negative tides.
|Oceanside Tide Pool|
Pacific City: At the base of Cape Kiwanda, there is a small area of great tide pools when conditions are calm and there are negative tides.
Lincoln City: Long stretches of sandy beaches make tide pools scarce in this area but you can find some at the ramp of NW 15th St. where there are some rocky areas.
Devil's Punchbowl Marine Gardens: A little north of the punchbowl structure there is a small beach that features a variety marine gardens. Follow the trailhead at the north end of the parking lot. More about Devil's Punchbowl Marine Gardens
Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area: Walk down the steps to the natural area below the light house. Watch your steps because this area is very rocky and slippery, but you'll be able to see an amazing array of wildlife. More on the Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area
|Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area Tide Pools|
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