Tillamook and Vicinity

The Tillamook Bay area is one of the most popular areas on the Oregon Coast thanks to its natural beauty, rich farmlands and numerous fisheries. On the north end of the bay is the town of Garibaldi, one of the best (and oldest) fishing communities in Oregon where you can buy fresh seafood right off the boats. If fishing isn’t to your taste, then how about bird- or whale-watching? The estuaries around the bay are home to tens of thousands of birds. For seabirds, visit Cape Meares State Park on the south end of the bay. The area’s rivers and streams also provide numerous opportunities for amateur anglers to catch a variety of fish. The area to the east of the bay, where Highway 101 moves away from the coast and into a sheltered valley, is mostly farmland known for its world-famous cheese industry.

  • Tillamook County Pioneer Museum

    Category: Landmark Place

    Housing 35,000 artifacts and 10,000 images, the Tillamook County Pioneer Museum is one of the largest historical societies on the Oregon Coast.

  • Rockaway Beach

    Category: General Article

    Rockaway Beach is a small resort community located just north of Tillamook on Oregon's North Coast. Aside from a 7-mile long beach, the area boasts numerous lakes, rivers, mountains and even an elusive shipwreck.

  • Buried Treasure on Neahkahnie Mountain?

    Category: General Article

    Three young Oceanscape Network volunteers take to the beaches and mountains of the Oregon Coast in search of an ancient pirate legend involving murder, ghosts and undiscovered treasure.

  • The Town Swallowed By The Sea

    Category: Landmark Place

    Ever heard of Bayocean, Oregon? No? You're not alone since this resort community, founded in the early twentieth century, has been completely reclaimed by the sea. Read the amazing true story of an ill-fated dream.

  • Shipwreck In My Back Yard

    Category: General Article

    Historian and photographer Don Best recalls what it was like growing up with the shipwreck of the Emily G. Reed in his back yard... and the tragic story which put her there.

  • The Mystery of the Beeswax Wreck

    Category: General Article

    Three-hundred years ago, a Spanish galleon (who's identity is still in dispute) crashed onto the beach near Nehalem Bay. For generations, people of the area found its cargo — mostly chunks of beeswax — washing up in the surf yet still little is known about the wreck itself. Join the search to solve this enduring Oregon mystery.

  • Field Experiences: Uncovering Bayocean

    Category: Exploring Nature Item

    Third graders from South Prairie Elementary School attempt to solve a mystery in their own backyard — what happened to the town of Bayocean?

  • Notable Fires on the Oregon Coast

    Category: Exploring Nature Item

    Like any natural area, the Oregon Coast has been shaped by fire. Here are the most notable ones over the last two centuries.