Two Rivers Peninsula

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In the summer of 2013, the Nature Conservancy, along with several other partners, helped the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service acquire two new parcels of land known as the Two Rivers Peninsula. As a result, the entire Cannery Hill peninsula on Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge is protected for future generations of people and wildlife. 

Hiking the Two Rivers Nature Trail

The Two Rivers nature trail is open to visitors from sunrise to sunset.  The 2.2-mile trail offers hikers several loop trail options. The trail surface is a combination of gravel or natural soils and is rated as moderately difficult based on elevation changes and uneven terrain.

The trail winds through alder forest, coastal prairie, and small wildflower meadows with a stop to view the confluence of the Nestucca and Little Nestucca Rivers. The family-friendly trail offers birdwatching along the way and plenty of opportunity to take photographs of the preserved forestlands.  There is also a picnic table available for those who want to enjoy views of the bay while taking a break.

History of the Two Rivers Peninsula

In 2013, through a series of partnerships, almost 200 acres of wildlife habitat gained protection as part of Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge.  This addition now fully protects an entire peninsula for wildlife and outdoor recreation.      

 “I’m nearly speechless that this stunning piece of coastal landscape will be protected in perpetuity for the public as part of the National Wildlife Refuge System,” said Roy W. Lowe, then the Project Leader for the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex, now retired. “The success of this acquisition was only possible due to the herculean efforts of our valued partners at The Nature Conservancy, Federal Highway Administration, the Oregon Department of Transportation, and the Oregon congressional delegation,” added Lowe.

 The property, located at the confluence of the Nestucca and Little Nestucca rivers, contains upland forest, shoreline, and tideland habitats at the northern tip of Cannery Hill. Wildlife using this area includes migratory songbirds, bald eagles, peregrine falcons, bobcat, black-tailed deer, and many other species. Shoreline and tideland habitats are used by a variety of estuarine fish including Coho and Chinook Salmon.

 “The Nature Conservancy is thrilled to be part of the effort to conserve such an iconic part of Tillamook County for people to enjoy for years to come. This headland is a treasure,” said Russ Hoeflich, Oregon state director for The Nature Conservancy.

 In addition to providing hiking, birding, wildlife viewing and photography opportunities for the public, the inclusion of this forested headland within the Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge will protect the dramatic view of the Little Nestucca watershed, Haystack Rock in Pacific City and the Pacific Ocean. 

About 100 acres of the peninsula was owned by the Jesuits and used as a retreat for over 50 years.

“The sale of the Nestucca Sanctuary is the culmination of several years of hard work,” said the Very Reverend Patrick J. Lee, SJ, Provincial Superior of the Society of Jesus, Oregon Province. “The Nestucca Sanctuary is beautiful and will be a wonderful place for the public to enjoy the natural beauty and wildlife of the peninsula.  Its value will live on in the Province through the financial support the sale provides to the Formation of future generations of Jesuits.”