yaquina head oregon

Explore the Oregon Coast at Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area, which stretches a mile from the shore into the Pacific Ocean. Look for harbor seals year-round and gray whales feeding in shallow waters during summer months. Listen to the applause-like sound as the waves roll in over the rounded rocks of Cobble Beach. When the tide is low, a vibrant ocean floor is revealed – stroll alongside tide pools to see colorful animals like orange sea stars, purple sea urchins and giant green anemones. It’s also home to Oregon’s tallest lighthouse! Photo by Bob Wick, @mypubliclands

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On this day in 1980, the Yaquina Head Lighthouse, Outstanding Natural Area in Oregon was established.

The BLM’s Yaquina Head Lighthouse, Outstanding Natural Area on the beautiful Oregon Coast features exhibits on seabirds and marine life as well as human history from the headland. You can see the wheelhouse of a historic ship, check out a recreated rocky island with all its inhabitants, and witness a full scale replica of the lighthouse lantern.

Last year, the Yaquina Head Lighthouse underwent a 90 day preservation project, and involved scaffolding and re-painting the outside. Check out the improvements in BLM Oregon’s new video for visitors: http://youtu.be/EkHDQ82_cno.

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Here’s a little #MondayMotivation, enjoy these rocky western coastlines and soak up some winter sun!