Explore Siletz Bay National Wildlife Refuge by Canoe or Kayak

Posted by OCVA / May 10, 2011

Explore Siletz Bay National Wildlife Refuge by Canoe or Kayak

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service invites you to explore Siletz Bay National Wildlife Refuge (Refuge) during a series of fifteen guided canoe and kayak trips during June, July, and August 2011. During these outings visitors will spend about two hours paddling through the heart of Siletz Bay Refuge and learn about wading birds, waterfowl, the natural history of some of the plants, and habitat management techniques used by the Refuge.

Participants must provide their own canoe or kayak for each trip. For your safety please dress appropriately for paddling in all weather conditions. Water and snacks are encouraged. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service can provide binoculars and field guides to use during the trip if needed. Space & parking is limited; therefore you must call ahead to make a reservation.

The tours will take place at the following dates and times and we will launch promptly at the times listed:

Monday June 20: 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday June 21: 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday June 22: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. .

Wednesday July 6: 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Thursday July 7: 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Friday July 8: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Sunday July 10: 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Wednesday July 20: 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Thursday July 21: 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m

Friday July 22: 5:45 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.

Siletz Bay Refuge includes some of the most scenic estuarine habitat along the Pacific Coast Scenic Byway. On either side of Highway 101, starched skeleton trees jut forth from the estuary and are reminiscent of a time when the salt marsh was diked for pasture. Osprey, Red-tailed Hawk, and occasionally Bald Eagle can be seen roosting at the top of these snags. A variety of estuarine dependent birds including Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, and many species of waterfowl can be seen foraging in the tidally influenced waters. The refuge also provides nursery grounds for Coho and Chinook salmon, steelhead, and cutthroat trout. Siletz Bay Refuge was established to protect salt marsh, brackish marsh, tidal sloughs, mudflats, coniferous and deciduous forestland, and the wildlife that depends on these unique habitats. Don’t miss your chance to participate in our interpretive tour of Siletz Bay Refuge!

Participants will meet at the Siletz Moorage (82 Siletz Hwy., Lincoln City, OR 97367) at the time listed for the date (note: launching is included in the times above). From Lincoln City go south on Highway 101, just before crossing the Siletz River bridge, turn left (east) onto the Siletz Hwy. and follow until reaching the Siletz Moorage on the right (south). From Newport go north on Highway 101, cross the Siletz River bridge and make the first right (east) onto the Siletz and follow until reaching the Siletz Moorage on the right (south).

For further information or to make a reservation please click here . You may also contact Lindsay Raber at 541-961-8715 or via email at lindsay_raber@fws.gov.

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