Harris Beach State Recreation Area

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GPS Coordinates: 42.067056, -124.30704

One of the most picturesque parks in the Brookings area is Harris Beach. The beach itself is a jigsaw puzzle of volcanic rock formations, colorful water-polished stone and tumbled driftwood. Sea stacks jut out of the waves like spearpoints making Harris Beach a great place to take photos.

The rock formations also provide perches and nesting areas for a variety of birds. Stroll along the beach and you’ll encounter clusters of Herring Gulls bathing in the small streams running toward the sea; or spot an Osprey hovering above the water waiting to swoop down and snatch up a fish. Offshore and clearly visible is Bird Island, the largest of the 300-plus islands in Oregon waters. All the islands in Oregon are protected habitat, so wildlife thrives here. Bird Island is a major breeding area for sea birds such as Tufted Puffins, Cormorants and Brown Pelicans.