Cape Arago. Copyright © Clinton Steeds. Image used under Creative Commons 2.0 License.

Cape Arago is a scenic headland jutting into the Pacific Ocean along the southern Oregon coast.  Long used by native Americans, Cape Arago was first sighted by Europeans during one of Sir Francis Drake’s expeditions in the late 1500s.  Modern visitors can scan the horizon for migrating whales and other marine mammals, as well as fishing boats and ships entering and leaving nearby Coos Bay.  The south cove trail leads down to a sandy beach and superior tidepools.  The north cove trail provides access for fishing, beachcombing, and viewing the off-shore colonies of seals and sea lions at Shell Island, a designated National Wildlife Refuge.  (Source: Oregon Parks and Recreation, Image: Clinton Steeds)

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