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The Oregon Coast Rocks! ~ Cape Foulweather

Named by Captain Cook on his voyage to the north Pacific in 1778, Cape Foulweather rises 500 feet above the ocean, providing sweeping views from Yaquina Lighthouse in the south to Cascade Head in the north. If you stand at the scenic viewpoint on a sunny summer day, you are likely to see gray whales cavorting and feeding in the kelp beds offshore, seabirds resting on the Cape’s sheer cliffs, and waves rushing on to the rocks below. You’ll feel the wind in your face and your lungs will fill with the freshest of air.

Nowhere is the wild spirit of the Central Oregon Coast captured better than at Cape Foulweather. Today we have the opportunity to preserve this special place for our families and friends to enjoy in the future.

By designating Cape Foulweather’s rocky habitat and offshore natural resources as a Marine Conservation Area, we can:

  1. Protect nesting habitat for the iconic Black Oystercatcher and other seabirds, including Pigeon Guillemots, Brandt’s Cormorants, and the largest colony of Pelagic Cormorants on the Oregon coast.
Black Oystercatcher
Photo: Nancy Bailey
  1. Restore and maintain the health of our kelp forests. A kelp forest is one of the most productive ecosystems on Earth, serving as a nursery for many of the fish species upon which our commercial and recreational fisheries depend. A kelp forest also provides a vital food source for gray whales and seabirds, and helps mitigate climate change by storing carbon.
Kelp forest
Photo: Robert Schwemmer/NOAA National Marine Sanctuaries
  1. Provide habitat in support of the potential re-introduction of sea otters to the benefit of kelp forests. Sea otters feed on sea urchins, which are decimating kelp forests along the Pacific Coast.
Southern sea otter
Photo: Chrissy Huffard
  1. Create opportunities for the thousands of visitors to Cape Foulweather each year to learn more about the area’s natural resources – and how to enjoy them safely and responsibly.
Bioblitz at Cascade Head
Photo: Casey Bruner
  1. Educate boaters and drone enthusiasts about the need to keep an appropriate distance from nesting seabird colonies to avoid disruption and nest failure.
Cape Foulweather

Cape Foulweather
  1. And, perhaps most importantly, preserve Cape Foulweather in its natural state for all of us to enjoy and appreciate, in fair weather – and foul.
Learn how you can TAKE ACTION to protect our rocky coast.


The Oregon Coast Rocks!

Managing our Rocky Coast [PDF]

Frequently Asked Questions

Cape Foulweather
Cape Foulweather information sheet
Cape Foulweather: Not a Foul View (essay)

Cape Lookout
Cape Lookout information sheet
Looking out for Cape Lookout (essay)


Five reasons to protect rocky habitats [PDF]

Five reasons to protect kelp [PDF]

Birds that rely on our Coastal Habitats

Oregon Ocean Information: Rocky Habitat Management Strategy

The Oregon Nearshore Strategy

Citizen's Guide to Oregon's Coastal Management Program
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