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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
May 26, 2011
Hillside Stabilization and Repair Proposed at Siletz Bay NWR
The Service proposes to allow the City of Lincoln City to repair and stabilize a small section of hillside on Siletz Bay NWR to prevent continued erosion from blocking the access road into Lincoln City's Wastewater Treatment Plant. Review the Compatibility Determination (796 KB PDF) and send comments to oregoncoast@fws.gov. Public review and comment period begins 5/26/11 and ends 6/8/11.
Posted by the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex Staff at 10:33 AM
May 6, 2008
Explore Siletz Bay NWR with a guided canoe and kayak tour
Back by popular demand! The US Fish and Wildlife Service invites you to explore Siletz Bay National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) during a series of ten guided canoe and kayak trips during June, July, and August 2008. On these outings visitors will spend about one and a half hours paddling through the heart of Siletz Bay NWR as they learn about the natural history of some of the plants, wading birds, waterfowl and other wildlife that inhabit the estuary. Siletz Bay NWR also consists of some of the most scenic estuarine habitat along the Pacific Coast Scenic Byway. On either side of the Highway 101, starched skeleton trees jut forth from the estuary and are reminiscent of a time when the salt marsh was diked. Osprey, Red-tailed Hawks and occasionally Bald Eagles can be seen roosting at the top of these snags. A variety of estuarine dependant 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 NWR 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 come out for a personal interpretive tour of Siletz Bay NWR!

Participants must provide their own canoe or kayak for each trip. The site allows for a primitive drop-in site with no dock therefore we ask that you dress appropriately for walking on a muddy bank and potentially inclement weather. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service can provide binoculars and field guides to use during the trip if needed. Space is limited; please call ahead to make a reservation. The tours will take place at the following dates and times:

Sunday, June 1 11:15am-1:15pm
Wednesday, June 4 2:00pm-4:00pm
Thursday, June 12 8:30am-10:30am
Sunday, June 29 10:00am-12:00pm
Tuesday, July 8 5:30pm-7:30pm
Tuesday, July 15 12:30pm-2:30pm
Thursday, July 17 1:30pm-3:30pm
Saturday, July 19 2:30pm-4:30pm
Friday, August 1 1:15pm-3:15pm
Saturday, August 9 7:45am-9:45am

Participants will meet at the end of the old highway 101 spur road on the east side of the new Highway 101 at the time listed for the date. From Lincoln City go south on Highway 101, after crossing the Siletz River make the first left (east) onto the old highway 101 and meet at the end. From Newport go north on Highway 101, cross Millport Slough and make the first right (east) onto the old highway 101. The old highway 101 turn off is directly across from the Frank Nettleship Dental Office. For further information please see the Oregon Coast NWR Complex website: www.fws.gov/oregoncoast or contact Annie Kilby directly by phone 541-867-4550 (office), 541-270-5606 (cell), or via email at anne_kilby@fws.gov.
Posted by the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex Staff at 2:52 PM
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