UNESCO Cascade Head Biosphere Reserve

Lincoln City is home to Oregon's only biosphere reserve.

This 102,110-acre site was designated as a Biosphere Reserve in 1976 on the central Oregon Coast by the United Nations Man and Biosphere Program and reauthorized in 2017. This rare and diverse ecosystem includes the Salmon River and its estuary, a sandy littoral spit, densely forested uplands, a two-mile basalt headland covered in native coastal prairie, and a marine reserve stretching west into the waters of the Pacific.

This unique land/sea connection is protected and managed by a dynamic community of agencies, non-profits, businesses, and residents in the surrounding communities.

A Diverse Ecosystem

Additional federal and state designations

Prolific diversity of wildlife

Black bear, cougar, elk, osprey, bald eagle and peregrine falcon, five species of salmon, grey and humpback whales, as well as four federally listed endangered species: The spotted owl, marbled murrelet, coho salmon, and Oregon silverspot butterfly.

Visit the Cascade Head Biosphere Reserve website to learn more.

More to Explore

The Beach Sunsets, surf and seven miles of soft, sandy beach are yours to explore in Lincoln City, where coastal adventure awaits.

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Aerial shot of Devils Lake | Lincoln City, OR

Devils Lake Devils Lake is 685 acres of serene water on the east side of Lincoln City, connected to the Pacific by the “World’s Shortest River.”

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Siletz Bay Siletz Bay is perfect for crabbing, clamming, enjoying a cozy beach bonfire and, especially, for catching a radiant Lincoln City sunset.

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