Named for St. Perpetua by Captain James Cook in March of 1778, Siuslaw National Forest’s Cape Perpetua National Scenic Area is the dramatic meeting place of two distinct but joined landscapes; dense and complex forests and the Pacific Ocean.
Experience ancient trees that nurture diverse plant and animal communities, tide pools that emerge at low tide and crashing surf that is the edge of the Land/Sea connection with the Cape Perpetua Marine Reserve.
The Reserve is home to a vast array of marine invertebrates, mammals and sea birds, some of which are endangered or threatened species. The Cape itself rises to just over 800 feet, is the highest point accessible by automobile on the Oregon coast and is the perfect venue for whale watching and unbeatable scenic vistas.
Whales can be seen from anywhere in the rocky intertidal from Cook's Chasm to Devil's Churn, the Visitor Center and the Cape Perpetua Day Use Area. Grey whales can be seen regularly, close to shore, when they are not in Baja for the winter.
Humpbacks are occasionally seen—sometimes breaching off shore, in view of the Visitor Center! They are usually not as close and are not as common as the greys.
Sea otters are extinct in Oregon although we get very occasional visits from young males that come from CA and WA.