Plan Your Visit

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A visit late October to early April is ideal for those wanting to see thousands of wintering white-cheeked geese, including the only coastal wintering population of Dusky Canada Geese and the small population of Semidi Islands Aleutian Cackling Geese. 



Nestucca Bay NWR is located on the west side of Highway 101 approximately six miles south of Pacific City. To visit the refuge, turn west off Highway 101 onto Christensen Road and proceed a half-mile to the first refuge parking lot and goose observation deck or continue along Cristensen Road to a second parking lot at the hiking trailheads.   

Hours & Fees

There are no fees for this refuge. 

The refuge does not have a visitor center, though an interpretive kiosk is present. You may visit daily from sunrise to sunset.  The refuge is closed from dusk until dawn and no overnight parking is permitted. 


For the protection of pets, wildlife and visitors, pets are NOT permitted at Nestucca Bay NWR. (Dogs used for hunting are allowed to be off leash in Nestucca Bay NWR during waterfowl season only); Nestucca Bay is closed to dogs at all other times. For more on hunting, go to the Permits page.


Weather & Tides

Weather on the coast is a mercurial thing. You can expect to experience temperatures ranging between 45 and 75 degrees; fog and high winds are common, as well as radiant sunshine. Rain is a perennial threat, so bring proper attire. 

If you're visiting during the winter, expect rainy conditions. In summer, you may—may—experience nice and dry days. Check the forecast for current conditions. 

Incoming tides isolate rocks from headlands and the shore. Avoid the temptation of strolling to an interesting rock without knowing the tides. Free tide tables are available at state park offices, information centers, shops and motels.

There are several resources online for tracking the tides; here's one good option.

Hunting & Fishing

Sport hunting and fishing are permitted on the refuge in accordance with all state and federal regulations. Hunters should consult the Oregon state hunting regulations and visit our Permits page for more information.