The Oregon Coast's Top Wildlife Watching Spots
By Beth Wise
Published: 07/07/2015  Updated: 08/16/2019
Sea Lions at Sea Lion Caves near Florence, Oregon
Brown Pelicans  Oregon Fish & Wildlife Photo by Kathy Munse
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Fort Stevens State Park

Located where the Columbia River meets the Pacific Ocean, Fort Stevens is a hot spot for every Northwest bird imaginable. A viewing platform at Parking Lot C and numerous hiking trails allow for observing the thousands of birds that live and pass through this area, including a variety of migrating shorebirds in spring and fall. Brown Pelicans, alcids and Sooty Shearwaters are notable among the seabirds. Additionally, you can catch sight of everything from Canvasbacks to Northern Harriers and, if you're really lucky, you might even find a Snowy Owl there in winter. Fort Stevens State Park is located nine miles west of Astoria, in Hammond.
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The Oregon Coast's Top Wildlife Watching Spots