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September 30, 2014
Service Opens Waterfowl Hunting at Siletz Bay NWR
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is providing an opportunity for hunters to harvest waterfowl on a portion of Siletz Bay National Wildlife Refuge (Refuge). "Waterfowl hunting has been not been offered on any part of Siletz Bay Refuge since it was established in 1991, but now we are opening 199 acres to this wildlife-dependent opportunity which helps fulfill refuge objectives developed as part of the Siletz Bay Refuge Comprehensive Conservation Plan," stated Roy Lowe, Project Leader for the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

Specifically, the Service will begin allowing hunting of ducks, geese and coots October seven days per week on refuge-owned lands that are west of Highway 101. These lands consist of 80 acres of salt marsh where the Siletz River empties into the bay. All waterfowl hunting will follow state seasons, with duck and coot season beginning October 11 and goose hunting on October 18. A previous version of the news release stated an incorrect opening date for waterfowl hunting seasons. Waterfowl hunting has occurred on the state-owned tidelands of Siletz Bay west of U.S Highway 101 for many decades. The tidelands are managed by the Oregon Division of State Lands and are legally open to hunting so long as the hunter remains 200 yards or more from the shoreline/road. The Service has established a 100-yard safety zone to prohibit hunting on refuge property that extends westward from the refuge property line on the west side of the housing development of Siletz Keys.

The Service will allow the hunting of waterfowl three days per week on 119 acres of refuge lands that are east of Highway 101 and south of Millport Slough. Specifically, hunters will be allowed to hunt ducks, geese, and coots on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday. Hunters accessing lands east of U.S. Highway 101 and south of Millport Slough will access the site by using a small parking area and trail located on South Millport Slough Road or by boat. In the future, the existing parking area and trail will be improved by the Service to support waterfowl hunting. To minimize potential conflict between refuge users and reduce associated safety issues, lands south of Millport Slough that are open to waterfowl hunting will remain closed to wildlife observation, photography, and interpretation. Hunters accessing lands west of U.S. Highway 101 via foot will be directed to use caution since no parking or official access point will be provided by the Refuge.

State hunting license requirements apply to waterfowl and coot hunting on the Refuge. Refuge regulations prohibit the construction of permanent blinds on any portion of the Refuge; however, hunters may use portable blinds or build temporary blinds from on-site dead vegetation or driftwood. Temporary blinds and decoys must be removed from the Refuge following each day's hunt, and only federally approved non-toxic shot may be transported and used on the Refuge. Hunters can access refuge lands two hours before sunrise and up to one hour after sunset. The 2014-2015 Oregon Game Bird Regulations can be reviewed at www.dfw.state.or.us/resources/hunting/waterfowl. For more information or to view a map of the areas open to hunting visit the Siletz Bay Refuge website (www.fws.gov/oregoncoast/siletzbay/index.htm) or call the Refuge Manager at (541) 867-4550.

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals, and commitment to public service. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit www.fws.gov.
Posted by the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex Staff at 11:16 AM
May 20, 2014
Paddle Siletz Bay Wildlife Refuge
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service invites you to explore Siletz Bay National Wildlife Refuge with a series of twelve guided canoe and kayak trips during June, July, and August 2014. During these trips visitors will spend about two hours paddling through the heart of Siletz Bay Refuge while learning about its wildlife and natural history.

Participants must provide their own canoe or kayak for each trip. If you don't have one available, they can be rented from the Siletz Moorage or other venues in the Lincoln City area. During the summer, the area of Siletz River nearest the mouth of the bay 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 PFD’s 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 e-mail 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 information regarding the trips. All trips will launch within 15 minutes of the time listed. Visit our website for updates and space availability www.fws.gov/oregoncoast/calendar.
Paddle trips will take place on the following dates:



Saturday, June 7th : 8:00-10:00 AM
Sunday, June 8th : 9:00-11:00 AM
Tuesday, June 17th : 5:00-7:00 PM
Wednesday, June 18th : 5:45-7:45 PM
Friday, June 20th : 7:00-9:00 AM
Thursday, July 3rd : 5:30-7:30 PM
Monday, July 7th : 8:45-10:45 AM
Friday, July 18th : 6:00-8:00 PM
Monday, August 4th : 7:00-9:00 AM
Tuesday, August 5th : 8:00-10:00 AM
Wednesday, August 6th : 9:30-11:30 AM
Saturday, August 16th : 5:30-7:30 PM



Siletz Bay is one of the estuaries located 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 some 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. Don’t miss your chance to participate in our interpretive paddle tour of Siletz Bay Refuge!

To make a reservation contact Meagan Campbell at 541-270-0610 or Meagan_Campbell@fws.gov.

Posted by the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex Staff at 9:14 AM
April 10, 2013
Explore Siletz Bay 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 ten guided canoe and kayak trips during June, July, and August 2013. During these trips visitors will spend about two hours paddling through the heart of Siletz Bay Refuge while learning about its wildlife and natural history.

Participants must provide their own canoe or kayak for each trip. If you don't have one available, single person kayaks can be rented from the Siletz Moorage or other venues in the Lincoln City area. For your safety please dress appropriately for paddling in all weather conditions and wearing a personal floatation device (PFD) is mandatory.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service can provide binoculars, field guides, and PFD’s to use during the trip if needed. Trips are limited in size, therefore, you must call ahead to make a reservation. Reservations are taken on a first-come first-served basis. Once you are registered we will send out additional information regarding the trips. All trips will launch within 15 minutes of the time listed. Please check our website for updates and space availability www.fws.gov/oregoncoast/calendar.

Siletz Bay is one of the estuaries located 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 some 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. Don’t miss your chance to participate in our interpretive paddle tour of Siletz Bay Refuge! To make a reservation contact Julia Ledbetter at 541-270-0610 or julia_ledbetter@fws.gov.

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals, and commitment to public service. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit www.fws.gov. Connect with our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/oregoncoast.
Posted by the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex Staff at 11:33 AM
May 24, 2012
Explore Siletz Bay 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 twelve guided canoe and kayak trips during June, July, and August 2012. During these paddle trips visitors will spend about two hours paddling through the heart of Siletz Bay Refuge while learning about its wildlife and natural history.

Participants must provide their own canoe or kayak for each trip. If you don't have one available, single person kayaks can be rented from the Siletz Moorage or other venues in the Lincoln City area. For your safety please dress appropriately for paddling in all weather conditions and wearing a personal floatation device (PFD) is mandatory.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service can provide binoculars, field guides, and PFD’s to use during the trip if needed. Space & parking is limited; therefore you must call ahead to make a reservation. Once you are registered we will send out additional information regarding the trips. All trips will launch within 15 minutes of the time listed. The tours will take place on the following dates so call and register today.

Wednesday, June 13: 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Sunday, June 24: 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, June 26: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Friday, June 29: 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Sunday, July 8: 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, July 10: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, July 26: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 28: 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Thursday, August 9: 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, August 11: 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Thursday, August 23: 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 26: 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.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 some 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. Don't miss your chance to participate in our interpretive paddle tour of Siletz Bay Refuge!

To make a reservation contact Octavia Sola at 541-961-2212 or octavia_sola@fws.gov. For more information visit www.fws.gov/oregoncoast.
Posted by the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex Staff at 1:10 PM
December 7, 2011
Review Compatibility Determination for Siletz Bay NWR
The Service is soliciting public review and comment on a Compatibility Determination to allow the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) to construct a temporary traffic diversion road ("highway widening") on Siletz Bay NWR lands east of U.S. Highway 101 at milepost 119. This temporary traffic diversion road will allow ODOT to replace an existing small concrete culvert under US 101 with a much larger culvert without interrupting fish passage or stopping traffic along a busy highway during construction. In order to construct the new culvert, remove the old culvert, maintain fish passage throughout the replacement, and maintain two lanes of traffic on US 101 throughout construction, ODOT needs to construct the temporary highway diversion road around the construction site. Traffic volumes are too high to flag one lane through the work zone without causing extreme traffic delays. Siletz Bay NWR is located immediately adjacent to the eastern highway right-of-way (ROW), approximately 30 feet from the edge of the pavement, so this temporary two- lane road diversion would be constructed on refuge lands. The primary purpose of the culvert replacement project is to remove a severe impediment to tidal flows and to improve fish passage and hydrology through replacement of the undersized and failing culvert underneath US 101 adjacent to refuge lands. The primary purpose of the proposed use is to allow the culvert replacement to be completed in a safe, efficient and timely manner through temporarily diverting traffic away from the culvert replacement site.

Download the Compatibility Determination (167 KB PDF)
Posted by the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex Staff at 4:11 PM

Paddle Siletz Bay: TRIPS FULL - - NO Spaces Left!!
Our guided interpretive canoe and kayak trips are full for the 2011 summer season, but if you would like to add your name to a wait list for a specific trip, please contact Lindsay Raber directly by phone at 541-961-8715 or via email at lindsay_raber@fws.gov.

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!

Posted by the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex Staff at 4:07 PM
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