The Tea Kettle Rock

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GPS Coordinates: 45.21193,-123.986592

When you’re visiting Cape Kiwanda, you’ll notice a dome-shaped island sitting a mile offshore which looks very similar to the famous Haystack Rock at Cannon Beach. (There are actually many islands up and down the coastline with a similar shape called “haystack rocks” or “sea stacks”.)

This particular basalt formation is also called “Haystack Rock,” but many visitors think it looks more like a tea kettle because the waves have punched a hole through the north face, making the formation look like it has a handle. This rock is particularly notable because it is the tallest of all the “haystack rocks,” rising to 327 feet (100 m) above the Pacific Ocean.

Like all islands along the Oregon coast, this rock is part of the Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge.