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Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex
Pacific Region


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: or contact Annie Kilby directly by phone 541-867-4550 (office), 541-270-5606 (cell), or via email at
Posted by the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex Staff at 2:52 PM in Category: Siletz Bay NWR
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