Boiler Bay

Serving Lincoln and Tillamook Counties since 2006

The Oregon Coast Rocks!


The Audubon Society of Lincoln City (ASLC), and


Is to encourage residents and visitors to protect and enjoy the native birds, other wildlife, and habitats found on the Central Oregon Coast.


We can make 2020 the year to protect Oregon’s rocky coastal habitats, helping to ensure that Oregon’s amazing tide pools, underwater kelp forests, nearshore reefs, and offshore rocks and islands continue to inspire future generations.

Cape Foulweather


Make up about 41% of our Oregon coastline. State and federal policies, strategies, and rules have long been in place to manage and protect coastal habitats.

One of these strategies, Oregon's Rocky Habitat Management Strategy, is being updated for the first time since 1994. Many protected sites were re-approved, but some were not, and there are many others with little to no protection in place.


Communities and individuals can submit proposals to protect some of Oregon's most iconic places on our rocky coastline under newly adopted protective designations, which are:

Marine Conservation Area (MCA)

Marine Education Area (MEA), also called Marine Garden

Marine Research Area (MRA)


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Includes the ability for individuals and communities to be an active part of designing and implementing new goals and management based on the best available information.

This matters, because:

  1. Visitors matter: Our rocky habitats are one of the primary attractions of our tourist economy. Managing access and accountability will help to keep these areas pristine for years to come.
Lincoln City tidepool clinic
  1. Residents matter: We live here in part because of the quality of life provided by our beloved coastal landscape. We have an opportunity to support the unique wildlife and scenery for our community’s ongoing livability.
Sunset on the rocks
  1. Habitat matters: Visitors to this area can unintentionally cause damage if they don't know how to safely and respectfully interact with our tide pools and surrounding wildlife. A designation can provide greater levels of education to tourists to keep them from trampling over sensitive natural areas and disturbing wildlife.

  1. Education matters: We will be able to offer education opportunities for the local community, including our children for whom we can inspire a love of learning and understanding of local wildlife.
Learning about rocky habitat
  1. Wildlife matters: We can protect our wild neighbors like Black Oystercatchers, pelicans, sea lions, and seals that depend on our rocky coastal habitats.
Brown Pelicans, photo Jack Doyle

Tidepooling, photo Camden Bruner


At several important locations in Lincoln and Tillamook counties, we are considering proposing Cape Lookout and the area around Cape Foulweather.

Please read our information pages about these two locations and let us know how you feel about them and about the potential for added protections to the rocky habitats above and below the sea.


To propose new protective designations, we can create more awareness of rocky habitats, support important research to better understand our changing ocean, and keep these amazing areas safe while providing equitable public access. Together we can ensure that Oregon’s amazing coast continues to inspire future generations.

Learn how you can TAKE ACTION to become even more involved in protecting Oregon's Rocky coast.


The Oregon Coast Rocks!

The Oregon Coast Rocks! printable flyer [PDF]

Managing our Rocky Coast [PDF]

Frequently Asked Questions

Cape Foulweather
Cape Foulweather information sheet
Cape Foulweather: Not a Foul View (essay)
Cape Foulweather printable flyer [PDF]

Cape Lookout
Cape Lookout information sheet
Looking out for Cape Lookout (essay)
Cape Lookout printable flyer [PDF]


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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