Tidepooling Gold Beach – How to Have a Great Time and Respect the Marine Life

Starfish and barnacles decorate a tidal pool on the Oregon Coast.

Photo of the tidepools taken by pacific crest mike posted on flickr

When tide pooling please remember these are living creatures so they should be treated humanely with care and respect. Here are some tips for having a wonderful time and supporting the continuation of this  gift from nature.

When tidepooling, wear the proper attire and use caution.  Exposed
rocks, especially if they're covered with vegetation, can be very
slippery.  Look for rocky inter-tidal areas (rocky areas that are
alternately exposed and submerged by the tides).  Plan your trip by
using the tide tables (available at our visitor center). Or, click
here for tide tables on line
Regulations for collecting marine animals may change from time to
time.  Consult the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Sport Fishing
Regulations for the current rules.  The best policy is to simply
observer and leave things in their place.

Viewing Tips:

  • Tides of 0.0 feet and lower are better for tide pool viewing; however, when the ocean is calm, many inter-tidal areas can still be viewed at plus one or two foot tides.
  • It is best to be in the inter-tidal area at least one hour before low tide.
  • Stand or sit still and observe a pool for a few minutes. You will soon begin to hear hermit crabs, small fish, shrimp and other life scurrying about.
  • Gently move seaweed aside to view the myriad of life that lives under, on and among the plants. Please remember to replace the seaweed in its original position.
  • Look carefully in cracks, crevices and under overhangs. You will see species different from those on surrounding rock formations.
  • Gently touching most inter-tidal animals and plants will not harm them–and it is intriguing to feel the texture of different species.
  • Use an aquarium dip net to catch a small fish or crab and view it in a clear plastic container filled with water. Release the animal after a few minutes before the water becomes warm.
  • Examine seaweed and small animals with a magnifying glass.

Best Local Tidepool Areas:

Myers Creek  
Travel 7.1 miles south from the Gold Beach Visitor's Center on Hwy. 101
to Myers Creek beach.  This beach stretches south from the base of Cape
Sebastian.  Park at one of many overlooks and easy access points.  The
numerous rocks make for good tidepooling.

Whiskey Creek  
(Boardman State Park) – Approximately 14 miles south of the Gold Beach
Visitor's Center on Hwy. 101.  Park in the gravel lot at the Boardman
State Park sign.  It's a bit of a hike down to the beach but worth it. 
The rocky beach to the north lends itself to some first-rate tidepool
exploration.

Lone Ranch Wayside   - (Cape
Ferrelo) – Located 4 miles north of Brookings (Approximately 23 miles
south of the Gold Beach Visitor's Center), this area has ample parking,
rest rooms and easy access to the beach.  Large numbers of rocks of
various sizes are scattered about the beach.  There is an excellent
inter-tidal area out on the cape to the north of the parking area.

Rocky Point  
– 23.5 miles north of the Rogue River Bridge (turn left on gravel road
just past the 305 mile marker).  This inter-tidal area consists of a
large boulder field surrounded by a gently sloping beach.  It has easy
access and provides good viewing opportunities.

Reposted from: Gold Beach Chamber of Commerce

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