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Cape Falcon Marine Reserve

ACCESS: open to the public

In February 2021, NCLC adopted the Cape Falcon Marine Reserve program, formerly run by a ‘Friends of’ group. The reserve is managed by the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife (ODFW) for conservation and scientific research. NCLC’s role is to promote awareness and educate the public on the benefits of the reserve for the state of Oregon.

Cape Falcon Marine Reserve is located just offshore from the popular Oswald West State Park.

Hiking trails atop the Cape provide views out over the reserve. Visitors can look over the marine reserve from the Neahkahnie Mountain Highway 101 overlooks, or from several hiking trails.

They can also enjoy beach walking, ocean sports, and viewing wildlife from Neahkahnie and Short Sand beaches. Nearby towns and ports include Astoria, Warrenton, Seaside, Cannon Beach, Manzanita and Garibaldi.