Rising 235 feet (72 meters) from the edge of the shoreline, Haystack Rock is part of the Oregon Coast’s geological history, formed millions of year ago by lava flows that created many of the dramatic capes and headlands along the coast.
At low tide, walk right up to it and find colorful sea stars and other fascinating tidepool creatures. Many varieties of birds can also be seen year-round.
Haystack Rock is one of Oregon’s most recognizable landmarks and home to colorful tidepools and diverse bird life. It is part of the Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge and is a State protected Marine Garden.
Located at Cannon Beach on the North coast of Oregon, Haystack Rock is a unique monolith that attracts wildlife and tourists alike. The Rock is home to nesting seabirds in the summer and marine invertebrates all year. Tidepool seekers are beckoned by its wonders every day.
By our estimates as many as 200,000 people visit Haystack Rock every year, mostly during the summer months when the tidepools are teeming and the nesting seabirds, proudly showing off breeding plumage, are busy introducing little ones into the world. Haystack Rock is protected under U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as a seabird nesting colony and under Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife as a Marine Garden.
The Haystack Rock Awareness Program
The Haystack Rock Awareness Program (HRAP) is a stewardship and environmental educational program whose mission is to protect, through education, the intertidal and bird ecology of the Marine Garden and Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge at Haystack Rock. Since its modest beginnings in 1985, HRAP has educated and inspired tens of thousands of adults and children to learn about the natural resources not only at Haystack Rock but also in their own backyards and special places.
HRAP is a professionally staffed, volunteer driven program operated by the City of Cannon Beach that receives program funds from the non-profit Friends of Haystack Rock and generous private donations. The program also receives support from US Fish and Wildlife Service, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Friends of Haystack Rock, Oregon Department of Land Conservancy and Development, Oregon State Parks and the Seaside Aquarium.
Stewardship and Environmental Education
Our focus has always been stewardship and protecting the ecosystem from thoughtless harm. To carry out this mission, HRAP offers an extensive interpretive program on the beach at Haystack Rock during the spring and summer months.
Our trained staff and volunteers can answer questions on topics ranging from the simple (What is that? What does it eat?) to the complex (What are the ecological consequences of collecting animals or plants from this area?). By showing, telling, and teaching, we urge visitors to look closely, touch gently, step carefully, and take only pictures.