Illustration of Haystack Rock in Cannon Beach Oregon.

VISITING HAYSTACK ROCK AND MARINE GARDEN

Welcome to Haystack Rock in Cannon Beach, OR!

Haystack Rock is one of Oregon’s most iconic landmarks: a sea stack monolith rising 235 feet out of the Pacific Ocean.

Haystack Rock is a popular destination for visitors from around the world who come to experience nature. Tide pools are accessible at low tide.

From spring to fall, nesting birds fly and chatter overhead. Many varieties of birds can be seen year-round. Please respect this beautiful place.

TIDE POOL ETIQUETTE

Walk only on sand or bare rock

Look with your eyes, touch gently

Climbing and collecting is prohibited in a marine garden

Keep dogs on leashes and under control

Give nesting birds lots of space

Don’t feed the birds

Don’t litter – creatures will eat it!

It's All Connected!

PuffinS On The Rock!

Haystack Rock is one of only a few places on the west coast where Tufted Puffins nest from April through August.

Located on the North coast of Oregon, Haystack Rock is a unique rocky outcrop , that attracts wildlife and tourists alike.

LEARN MORE ABOUT PUFFINS

How Was Haystack Rock Formed?

Haystack Rock was first created some 15 to 17 million years ago as basaltic lava flowed through the old Columbia River drainage system from Eastern Washington.  

These are similar lavas to what you see along the Columbia River gorge.  

These basalt lavas mixed with soft marine sediments. Erosion and uplift eventually revealed it and the many other large stone formations along the coast.