Jutting into the Pacific Ocean, this harsh, unforgiving environment hosts many forms of life. Harbor seals and whales are visible offshore year-round. In spring and summer, thousands of seabirds flock to the near-shore islands to breed and raise their young. At low tide, you can observe pools filled with intertidal life. Oregon’s tallest and second-oldest lighthouse has illuminated this promontory since 1873. Archaeologists have also discovered evidence of Native American visits to the site. Yaquina Head is managed by BLM to protect its scenic, scientific, educational and recreational values.