Shell Island

Activities: Beach, Birding, Scenic Drives, State Parks & National Lands

Shell Island

Part of the Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge, Shell Island and the surrounding reefs provide breeding and rest areas for sea birds and Marine mammals.

Shell Island is the largest marine haul out on the Oregon Coast. Gray Whales, Northern Elephant Seals, Harbor Seals, Sea Lions, Stellar Sea Lions, Black Oystercatchers, Great Blue Herons, and Pelagic Cormorants can all be viewed here. Because of the abundance of wildlife on Shell Island, there is no public access to the island itself, but viewing points can be found at Shore Acres, Simpson Reef Overlook and viewpoints along Cape Arago Highway.