Cape Arago/Simpson Reef

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Go to the Oregon Birding Trails Website. Choose the Oregon Coast Birding Trail. Click on the South Coast tab and go to section 110.

From Hwy 101 in North Bend go S and following signs to Charleston, turn W (R) onto Newmark St, go 3 mi, turn L on Empire Blvd/Cape Arago Hwy (540), and drive 10 mi to the parking area.


Habitat and Birds


This beautiful, rocky intertidal habitat attracts Harlequin Duck, Black Oystercatcher, Pigeon Guillemot, Surfbird, Black Turnstone, and Black, Surf and White-winged Scoter, and an occasional Rock Sandpiper. From the viewing deck watch or scan the ocean for Common Murre, Marbled Murrelet, Pigeon Guillemot, Western Grebe, and Pelagic and Brandt’s Cormorant.