Stories - Oregon Coast Visitors Association


  1. Cave Rock Scenic Viewpoint

    Posted by Outdoor Project Contributor Christin McClatchie / March 26, 2018

    Cave Rock Viewpoint offers a great parking lot and incredible views of the Pacific Ocean and the large rocks that dot its shore. The viewpoint is unmarked, so pay close attention to the coordinates on your GPS as well as the written directions below. If by chance you miss it, you will have ample opportunity to turn around or stop at one of the many other viewpoints in the area. The defining feature of the Cave Rock viewpoint is the pristine beach; however, getting to the pristine beach below involves a sketchy scramble down some jagged rocks.

  2. Counting Birds: Annual Aerial Seabird Surveys

    Posted by Outdoor Project Contributor Vanessa Ball / March 14, 2018

    This story is provided courtesy of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

    Every summer the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex conducts aerial surveys of breeding birds at seabird colonies along the Oregon coast. This project provides valuable data to both Migratory Bird and National Wildlife Refuge programs within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, as both seek to understand and manage the many seabird species that are an integral part of the Pacific Northwest coast.

  3. The Oregon Coast's Iconic and Threatened Western Snowy Plover

    Posted by Outdoor Project Contributor Vanessa Ball / March 14, 2018

    The Pacific Coast population of the western snowy plover (Charadrius nivosus nivosus) ranges from southern Washington all the way to Baja California, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). Oregon holds a particularly tenacious group, and thanks to management efforts and Oregonian’s protection, this population has been steadily growing. In fact, Oregon plovers immigrate to other states and boost the populations there! Currently there are approximately 363 breeding adults found on Oregon’s beautiful coast.

  4. 3-Day Itinerary for Brookings, Oregon

    Posted by Outdoor Project Contributor Vanessa Ball / March 10, 2018

    The southern Oregon coast is a beach-lover’s paradise. Miles of scenic sand broken up by majestic headlands and rocky outcroppings make this a special spot. Sea stacks abound, forming special sunsets and attracting numerous wildlife species to their windswept outcroppings. A three-day trip to Brookings, Oregon, offers a retreat from the crowds and the opportunity to walk long stretches of beach. Be sure to bring your camera and pack a lunch. You’ll want to spend all day on these gorgeous strands. 

  5. Can’t-Miss Spring Events in Cannon Beach

    Posted by OCVA / March 7, 2018

    Chances are most Oregon Coast travelers this spring and summer will find their way to Cannon Beach. For good reason: from celebrated art openings to a fat-bike festival, this scenic city’s fair-weather months offer an action-packed calendar. Here’s a seasonal preview. Fat Biking Festival Lately, fat biking has become sort of an outdoor sensation. What is it, exactly? Bikes with oversize (i.e., fat) tires help…

  6. Easy Spring Break in Seaside

    Posted by OCVA / March 7, 2018

    Stress should get nowhere near your family’s spring break plans. As Oregon’s original classic see-and-do coastal resort city and one of the West’s oldest waterfront destinations, Seaside knows how to make the fun flow. It’s a quick and favorite destination for Portlanders, and a top choice for your last-minute spring fling — loaded with indoor and outdoor activities. (And heaps of sweets: Phillip’s Candies, Seaside…

  7. 3-Day Itinerary for Bandon, Oregon

    Posted by Outdoor Project Contributor Vanessa Ball / March 7, 2018

    Stretching over 350 miles, Oregon’s coastline is immense and varied. With the rush of Portland and Vancouver residents who to head to the beach, northern beaches are often crowded and hectic. For those looking to escape the crowd and to create some new memories, consider driving a little further to the southern coast. We’ve put together a three-day itinerary for Bandon, Oregon, that’s worth the mileage. Historic homes, empty trails, calm beaches, and sunsets that will leave you gobsmacked await!

  8. Fat Biking the Central Oregon Coast

    Posted by OCVA / March 6, 2018

    Just a decade ago, fat-tire bikes were a brand-new iteration of mountain biking, hardly part of anyone’s lexicon or vacation plans yet. Today, fat biking is becoming a favorite way to explore the natural beauty and geography of the Oregon Coast. With wider, grippier tires than mountain bikes, fat-tire bikes are sheer fun to ride for all skill levels on all sorts of terrain —…

  9. Exploring Nature on the North Coast

    Posted by OCVA / March 6, 2018

    How much do you know about Oregon’s state animal, the industrious beaver? On International Beaver Day (April 7, 2018), you can head to Tillamook County on the North Coast to tour sites where active beavers are working, see other sites that can be restored for better habitat, and then wrap up your day with a evening documentary about these fascinating critters. Free and open to…