The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service invites you to paddle one of two coastal National Wildlife Refuges with a guide between June and August. These roughly two-hour trips will take you through the heart of the Refuge, while learning about wildlife and natural history from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Interpreters.
Tours occur at both Siletz Bay National Wildlife Refuge and Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge. A paddle alongside the Nestucca Bay Refuge in Cloverdale will treat paddlers to beautiful vistas and estuarine wildlife. From the Little Nestucca River to the bay, expansive mudflats surrounding the Refuge’s Two Rivers Peninsula offer plenty to see from the water.
At Siletz Bay, just south of Lincoln City, paddlers loop around the Refuge, through tidal marsh, riparian forest, and along the Siletz River. Both paddles provide opportunities to view wildlife like bald eagles, kingfisher, songbirds, harbor seals, and more.
Registration is required and participants must supply their own boat. During the summer, unpredictable winds and waves are common. For this reason, the trip is not recommended for beginners. Dress appropriately for paddling in all weather conditions. Wearing a personal flotation device (PFD) is mandatory.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service can provide binoculars and field guides to use during the trip if requested. Trips are limited in size and scheduled on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Call or email to make a reservation. Include your preferred date, the number of boats in your party, and contact information. Trips fill up quickly, so have a back-up date in mind. Once you are registered, additional details will be provided. Contact the registrar for updates and availability. No registration within 24 hours of the paddle.
Siletz Bay NWR Paddle Dates:
Thursday, June 6 from 4-6 p.m.
Thursday, June 13 from 10-12 p.m.
Saturday, July 6 from 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, July 10 from 7:30-9:30 a.m.
Tuesday, August 6 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Saturday, August 10 from 10-12 p.m.
Nestucca Bay NWR Paddle Dates:
Wednesday, June 12 from 8:30-10:30 a.m.
Saturday, June 29 from 10-12 p.m.
Sunday, July 7 from 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Thursday, July 11 from 8:30-10:30 a.m.
Wednesday, August 7 from 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Sunday, August 11 from 10-12 p.m.
For more information or to register for a trip, contact Lila Bowen, USFWS at Lilamarie_Bowen@fws.gov or (541) 867-4550.