Cascade Head and the Salmon River

This wide sloping headland is flanked by the Salmon River on the south and is a haven for rare sea-facing meadows and the animals who call them home, including the threatened Oregon Silverspot Butterfly. Starting in the mid-1960s, volunteers began to work to preserve the head and all its ecosystems. Much of the area is now a preserve administered by the Nature Conservancy, while other parts of the 270-acres are a UNESCO biosphere reserve and an experimental forest. The Knight County Park lies at the base of the head and provides easy access to the Salmon River and the adjacent estuary and beaches.

  • Orca Reporting

    Category: General Article

    Scientists are trying to learn more about Orcas who reside in Oregon waters. Learn how you can help spot these coastal predators and aid with the research.

  • A Tale of Ruin and Renewal

    Category: Exploring Nature Item

    Once choked by dikes and trampled by cattle, Cascade Head and the adjacent Salmon River estuary are marvels of how human beings can damage, but can also repair, an entire ecosystem.

  • Pixieland

    Category: Exploring Nature Item

    An amusement park on the Oregon Coast? The unlikely but true story of how an ill-conceived tourist attraction almost destroyed an ecosystem.

  • Westwind

    Category: General Article

    The Westwind Steward Group offers unique outdoor experiences on the edge of the Salmon River estuary and in the shadow of Cascade Head.

  • Catastrophe! January 26, 1700

    Category: General Article

    Oregon is in a geologically active area of the world, and that can mean earthquake and tsunami. Learn how a massive earthquake 300 years ago decimated parts of the coast and may give us clues as to what we should expect in the future.