Mid Boardman (Arch Rock, Natural Bridges) Rocky Shore



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About the Mid Boardman (Arch Rock, Natural Bridges) Rocky Shore Area

Description
Approximately two miles of rocky coastline (from just south of Hooskanaden Creek to Spruce Creek) located approximately midway between Gold Beach (N) and Brookings (S) (approximately 15 miles either way) in Curry County, Oregon. This section of coast is visually stunning and includes prominent features such as Arch Rock and Natural Bridges (with several viewpoints to enjoy amazing visual access) but there is little physical access to the shoreline below the steep cliffs.
  Designation
The beaches and rocky shores of Oregon are part of Oregon’s Ocean Shore Recreation Area and the offshore rocks and islands are part of the Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge.
     
Key Resources
Intertidal and subtidal habitat (including kelp beds), seabird use of associated rocks and cliffs (including western gulls, pigeon guillemots, cormorants and black oystercatchers). Harbor seals haul out on the rocks near Deer Point.
  What can you do here?
The majority of human use along this section of coastline is confined to upland uses such as hiking the Oregon Coast trail, sightseeing, and birdwatching with some limited use of the difficult to access pocket beaches and intertidal areas for rock fishing and tidepooling.

Getting to the Rocky shore at Mid Boardman (Arch Rock, Natural Bridges)

Amazing visual access is possible via several viewpoints within the Samuel Boardman State Scenic Corridor including the Arch Rock and Natural Bridges viewpoints. The Oregon Coast Trail runs along this section, although at some points you may be required to walk along the highway. Some physical access to the shoreline may be possible from some of the highway pullouts but there are no maintained trails that lead all the way to the beach.


Who Owns this Site?
Submerged and submersible (intertidal) lands: Division of State Lands; adjacent beaches and upland: Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (as part of Samuel Boardman State Scenic Corridor).
  Who Manages this Site?
Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) manages the ocean shore recreation area. Samuel Boardman State Scenic Corridor is part of OPRD Area 4 and the Harris Beach management unit. Offshore rocks are managed by USFWS as part of the Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge.


Data for the Mid Boardman (Arch Rock, Natural Bridges) Rocky Shore
[3 Records Listed]

Mid Boardman (Arch Rock, Natural Bridges) Rocky Shore GIS Data
Data Layer
Source
Scale
Year
Download
USGS
24,000
1994
USGS
24,000
1986
ODOT
6,000
1967

[3 Records Listed]


Information compiled by Laurel Hillmann, NOAA Coastal Management Fellow, OPRD
 

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