News Release

June 14, 2012

Explore Siletz Bay National Wildlife Refuge by Canoe or Kayak

Media Contacts:
Octavia Sola, (541) 961-2212

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service invites you to explore Siletz Bay National Wildlife 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.

Thursday, July 26: 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Sunday, June 24: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Saturday, July 28: 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Tuesday, June 26: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Thursday, August 9: 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Friday, June 29: 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Saturday, August 11: 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Sunday, July 8: 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Thursday, August 23: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Tuesday, July 10: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Sunday, August 26: 9:00 am - 11:00 am

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.