About the Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area

Yaquina Head is a headland extending into the Pacific Ocean north of Newport, Oregon. It is the site of the Yaquina Head Light, a bright beacon of the night, guiding ships and their supplies along the west coast since the light was first lit on August 20, 1873. The offshore islands are a year-round refuge for harbor seals and a spring-summer home for thousands of nesting seabirds. Gray whales can be spotted during their annual migrations to Mexico (late fall-early winter) and Alaska (late winter-early spring). During the summer months some gray whales take the opportunity to feed in the shallow waters around the headland.

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    Happy Anniversary to Oregon’s Table Rock Wilderness!

    Happy Anniversary to one of Oregon’s BLM-managed National Conservation Lands, the 6,082 acre Table Rock Wilderness in the Molalla River drainage about 50 miles south of Portland. The Table Rock Wilderness was designated part of the National Wilderness System on June 26, 1984, a move that has spared this area the fate … read more