Goat Island Rocky Shore



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About the Goat Island Rocky Shore Area

Description
Goat Island is immediately offshore of Harris Beach State Park and is the largest of the numerous offshore rocks that front this section of coastline. In fact, Goat Island is the largest island offshore of Oregon! Harris Beach State Park is located on the northern end of the city of Brookings, Curry County, Oregon.
  Designation
Marine GardenGoat Island and all offshore rocks are part of the Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge.
     
Key Resources
Goat Island is home to harbor seals and is one of the largest nesting site for seabirds in the state.
  What can you do here?
Access to Goat Island all offshore rocks is prohibited as they are part of the Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge and are important habitat for birds and marine mammals. However the adjacent Harris Beach State Park provides a variety of recreational and educational activities, including tidepooling, sightseeing, beachcombing, picnicking, photography and sport fishing from shore. Harris Beach State Park provides interpretive services on site including tidepool naturalist walks and campground programs.

Educational Opportunities
Harris Beach State Park rangers offers both tidepool interpretive walks and campground programs that focus on rocky shore topics. There are several interpretive panels at the site including posted "Marine Garden" signs at all three of the main access trails and the ODFW, "Welcome to Our Home" rocky shore panels. USFWS plans to place one of the new offshore rocks/bird panels in the near future educating the public about regulations and the reasons behind them. In several locations there are pay-per use ($0.50) viewing scopes, which afford visual access to the rocky shore and offshore rocks (i.e., Goat Island).

Getting to the Rocky shore at Goat Island

Primary access to the rocky shoreline on the mainland is from well-marked, easy trails from Harris Beach State Park. There are several improved and easy access trails from Harris Beach State Park, the entrance to which is on the north end of the city of Brookings, Oregon off Highway 101. Following the main park road to its end, which loops around at the day-use parking area affords the easiest access to the far north end of the site). From the day-use area, it is a short walk to the beach on an improved trail. Access to Goat Island and all offshore rocks is prohibited as they are part of the Oregon Islands NWR and are important habitat for birds and marine mammals.


Who Owns this Site?
Submerged and submersible (intertidal) lands: Division of State Lands; offshore rocks above Mean High Water (i.e., Goat Island): US Fish and Wildlife Service; adjacent beaches and much of the adjacent upland: Oregon Park and Recreation Department. The remainder of the uplands to the north and south of Harris Beach State Park is privately owned.
  Who Manages this Site?
Goat Island is managed by the US Fish and Wildlife Service as part of the Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge. Oregon Parks and Recreation Department manages the adjacent upland as part of Oregon's ocean shore recreation area. The rocky shoreline on the mainland at this site is managed by Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) as a Marine Garden (fronting the park) and Research Reserve. Much of the upland is managed as Harris Beach State Park, which is part of OPRD Area 4 (South-Western Oregon) and the Harris Beach Management Unit.


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

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