Cape Perpetua Marine Reserve & Marine Protected Areas
The Yachats shoreline is part of the North Marine Protected Area (MPA). The Cape Perpetua Marine Reserve with MPAs is the largest marine reserve network in Oregon.
Visitors here have opportunities for scenic and wildlife viewing, hiking, and guided outdoor, stewardship, and citizen science activities. A speakers series is offered in winter.
The region includes 18.8 square miles along the shore, 14.1 square miles of ocean habitat, and a reef complex that hosts diverse species of rockfish, including copper, vermillion, and quillback. It is adjacent to some of the most protected and outstanding old growth coastal rainforest, and is home to the Central Coast Marbled Murrelet Important Bird Area, as well as 15 seabird nesting colonies, including the Pacific’s largest mainland breeding colony of Brandt’s cormorants at Heceta Head. (Heceta Head is 14 miles south of Yachats.)
See ‘Day Use State Parks in Town’ listed below on this page for MPA points of access within Yachats. The Cape Perpetua Visitors Center is 3 miles south of downtown Yachats on US 101.