Rocky shores are a defining feature of the dramatic 360-mile long coastline of Oregon. Tidepools, cliffs, rocks, and submerged reefs support an ecologically rich and diverse ecosystem at the boundary of the land and sea along approximately 40% of Oregon’s shoreline. These rocky shore areas, particularly the ~80 miles (21%) of rocky intertidal habitat, attract thousands of visitors annually. Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is charged with overseeing the management of Oregon’s Ocean Shore Recreation Area, which includes all beaches and intertidal rocky shores (e.g., tidepools) along the coast.
Please enjoy this "virtual" tour of the animals and plants that make Oregon's rocky shore areas so special.
Note: Although we did try to characterize and identify the species in these photographs, it is possible some things are incorrect. If you have corrections (e.g., a name or information about an unidentified species), please feel free to e-mail OPRD staff (email@example.com).
Please share your photos on the Oregon Tidepools group and check out the Oregon Tidepools website!