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Description - Cape Meares NWR is located on a small headland just south of Tillamook Bay on the northern Oregon coast. It is adjacent to the Pacific Ocean and Cape Meares Lighthouse State Park.

Designated as a research natural area in 1987, it protects one of the few remaining stands of coastal old growth forest in Oregon. The refuge forest provides habitat to a diversity of wildlife, including threatened species such as northern spotted owls, bald eagles, and marbled murrelets.

Vertical sea cliffs provide nesting habitat for endangered peregrine falcons and such seabirds as Brandt's and pelagic cormorants, common murres, tufted puffins, pigeon guillemots, western gulls, and black oystercatchers. Migrating loons, grebes, and flocks of shorebirds and waterfowl are also commonly observed.

Marine mammals, including California and Steller sea lions, harbor seals and gray whales can often be seen from this overlook during the proper time of year.

Attractions - Vertical sea cliffs provide nesting habitat for endangered peregrine falcons and such seabirds as Brandt's and pelagic cormorants, common murres, tufted puffins, pigeon guillemots, western gulls, and black oystercatchers. Migrating loons, grebes, and flocks of shorebirds and waterfowl are also commonly observed.

Marine mammals, including California and Steller sea lions, harbor seals and gray whales can often be seen from this overlook during the proper time of year.

Recreation - Two fully accessible wildlife viewing decks provide visitors with an overview of the Cape Meares' visitors are able to see three National Wildlife Refuges and two National Wilderness areas from a single spot!

Climate - The climate in Oregon varies greatly by region. The coastal region and the regions west of the Cascade Range are generally temperate and wet. Temperatures in the western portion of the state rarely rise above 85 degrees F during the warmest months and rarely dip below freezing during the winter.

Location - Cape Meares Refuge is approximately 10 miles west of Tillamook on the Three Capes Scenic Route. When approaching Tillamook on U.S. Highway 101, follow signs for the Three Capes Scenic Route and the town of Oceanside. Turn west into a small graveled parking lot to access the trailhead at the entrance to Cape Meares.


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Contact Information:
Cape Meares NWR, 26208 Finley Refuge Rd. , Corvallis, OR, 97333-9533, Phone: 541-867-4550
, roy_lowe@fws.gov

Additional Information:
Central Coast - The Central Coast reaches from Tillamook Bay, south to the Umpqua River and the town of Reedsport. The terrain varies from huge monoliths standing off the coast, to sand dunes of 40 miles in length and more than 550 feet tall.
Oregon National Wildlife Refuges - Wildlife and scenery are the primary attractions at the National Wildlife Refuges in Oregon. The refuges range from islands off the Pacific coast to vast high desert tracts in eastern Oregon.

Links:
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Official agency website.

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