Salmon River Estuary-Cascade Head, COA 019

Cascade Head
Photo Credit: Doug Cottam, ODFW

This conservation opportunity area provides a unique combination of habitat types, from the rocky shoreline inland and includes the Cascade Head Scenic Research Area. At least 3 threatened and endangered species exist here including the Oregon Silverspot butterfly.

COA ID: 019

Local Conservation Actions and Plans

Potential Partners

  • Oregon Department of Forestry
  • Oregon Department of State Lands
  • Oregon Parks and Recreation Department
  • Salmon/Drift Watershed Council
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • U.S. Forest Service

Special Features


  • Elephant seals molt in the mouth of Salmon River and Cascade Head
  • Peregrine Falcon and Bald Eagle nest within the COA
  • Restoration of salt marsh in the Salmon River estuary
  • Silverspot butterfly habitat located on the grassy headlands of Cascade Head

Previously Associated With

  • 2006 COA ID CR-14 (Salmon River Estuary - Cascade Head)


Strategy Habitats

Specialized Local Habitats

  • Aquatic vegetation beds
  • Balds and buttes
  • Bays
  • Off-channel habitat
  • Off-shore rocks
  • Rock habitat
  • Rocky shore and tidepools
  • Sand spit

Strategy Species