Paddle along Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge - Oregon Coast Visitors Association

Paddle along Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge

Posted by OCVA / May 26, 2016


Interested in getting on the water this summer? The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service invites you to explore Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge with a series of five guided canoe and kayak trips from June to August. From the Little Nestucca River to the bay, expansive mudflats surrounding the refuge’s Two Rivers Peninsula offer plenty to see from a kayak or canoe.

These roughly two-hour trips are free and will take visitors through the heart of Nestucca Bay, all the while learning about its wildlife and natural history.  Specifically the trip takes you through refuge wetlands into Nestucca Bay, passing alongside the spruce- and alder-covered Two Rivers Peninsula. As the Little Nestucca winds toward the bay, Cape Kiwanda and Haystack Rock materialize in the distance.

Participants must provide their own canoe or kayak for each trip. During the summer, this area often has unpredictable winds and waves. For this reason we do not recommend this paddle trip for beginners; experience is strongly recommended. For your safety, please dress appropriately for paddling in all weather conditions. Wearing a personal flotation device (PFD) is mandatory.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service can provide binoculars, field guides, and PFDs to use during the trip if needed. Trips are limited in size, and scheduled on a first-come first-serve basis; therefore, you must call or email ahead to make a reservation. Please include the amount of boats in your party when making the reservation. Once you are registered, we will send out additional details via email. All trips will launch within 15 minutes of the time listed. Visit our website for updates and space availability. For more information or to register for a trip contact Elena Smith: [email protected], 541-270-0610

Wed. June 1     9-11 AM
Sun. June 26    5:30-7:30 PM

Tues. July 26   5:30-7:30 PM
Sat. July 30      9:30-11:30 AM

Thurs. Aug 11  6-8 PM

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