Before you head out to the wonderful world of tidepools, please watch this video. It will help you to understand both how tough tidepool creatures are as well as how fragile. It’s easy to “love them to death” if we are careless about where we step as well as what we pick up. Watch, learn, and enjoy Oregon’s magical rocky shores!
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the restrictions against strangers getting to close to one another, US Fish and Wildlife Service volunteers will not be having any volunteers giving guided tidepool walks in Bandon or at Simpson Reef. We are very sorry to miss meeting and talking with the many thousands of folks who take time to let us show off our “miracles of the coast.” Stay safe and be well! Look forward to being able to spend time with you and to enhance your visit to the Oregon Coast in 2021.
If you wish to explore tidepools on your own, the best viewing times strongly depend on the tides. This determination is generally based on the tides being near -1.0 foot or lower after about 7 AM. Some organisms that are seen only a few hours per year are seen at these times.
Tide forecasts can be found on the following link:
You may also access tide forecasts posted on the website of the Hatfield Marine Science Center of Oregon State University at Yaquina Bay in Newport, Oregon.
Tide corrections to the Hatfield Marine Science Center information for other locations are also listed at their website. For example, the correction for Bandon Beach at the Coquille River mouth in Bandon means that the low tide occurs 6 minutes earlier and has a height of 84% of the height shown for Yaquina Bay.