Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we ask that you recreate responsibly.

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    Harriers fly low, miss little

    Strafing the salt marshes at Nestucca Bay is a specialized hunter, hawk-eyed with the ears and countenance of an owl.

    Meet these so-called "marsh hawks"

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    A Predator Nonpareil

    Speed. Power. Fearlessness. The Peregrine Falcon has it all. Perched atop wind-bowed conifers, these hunters rule the coast with impunity.

    Meet the world's fastest animal

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    Wildlife Gallery

    Flora and fauna abound in the mosaic of habitats at Nestucca Bay NWR—all that's required is patient observation to suss them out.

    Browse images of refuge wildlife

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    A Variegated Landscape

    Nestucca Bay NWR boasts some seven different habitat types. Ever heard of forested lagg? Or sphagnum bog, or shrub carr? They're all here.

    Get the lay of the land and its inhabitants


New Bank Fishing Opportunities

Bank Fishing at Nestucca Bay

The refuge now offers anglers two areas to fish along the river bank.

Bank Fishing Access at Nestucca Bay

Humbling, Bumbling Bumblebees

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As tireless pollinators of plants both wild and cultivated, native bumblebees play an essential ecological role on the Oregon coast. Comprising nearly 30 species, Pacific Coast bumblebees are threatened by maladies introduced by non-native bees; some varieties have all but disappeared.

Get the buzz on these remarkable insects

A Variegated Landscape

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Nestucca Bay NWR boasts no less than seven different habitat types. Ever heard of forested lagg? Or sphagnum bog, or shrub carr? These, plus pastures, prairies, woodlands and estuarine mudflats, round out the variegated landscape at Nestucca.

Get the lay of the land and its inhabitants
Featured Stories

Two Rivers Peninsula Nature Trail

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This 102-acre forested headland within the Nestucca Bay Refuge protects a dramatic coastal vista near Pacific City, and offers hiking, birding, and wildlife viewing opportunities.

Learn more about hiking and the peninsula's history

About the Complex

Oregon Coastal Refuge Complex

Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Oregon Coastal Refuge Complex.

Read more about the complex
About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America's fish, wildlife, and plants.

Learn more about the NWRS