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 too 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 as soon as we can get safely back on the beach sometime in 2021. Check back in May, 2021, to see if we will be able to return.
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 =2.0 foot or lower. Low tide times vary dependent up the tides. Some organisms that are seen only a few hours per year are seen at these times.
You can find the current tide predictions on the link below, which will take you to “tides and currents” at NOAA.