Sustainable Living Center Oregon
Interested in getting on the water this summer? The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service invites you to explore Siletz Bay National Wildlife Refuge with a U.S. Fish & Wildlife guide.
Siletz Bay Refuge Free Guided FREE Paddle Tour Dates:
Sun. July 1 @ 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Mon. July 9 @ 9:45 – 11:45 am
Tues. July 17 @ 3:45 – 6:45 pm
Fri. July 20 @ 7:00 – 9:00 am
Tue July 31 @ 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Thur. August 2 @ 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Wed. August 15 @ 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Sat. August 18 @ 7:00 – 9:00 am
Sun. August 19 @ 8:00 – 10:00 am
These roughly two-hour trips will take visitors through the heart of Siletz Bay, all the while learning about the Refuge’s wildlife and natural history. These number of crafts invited for the paddle trip is limited.
If you would like to register for a Guided Paddle Tour at Siletz Bay National Wildlife Refuge, contact: Lila Bowen …. (541) 867-4550 ext 100 … Lilamarie_Bowen@fws.gov
No experience necessary
It’s the microclimate at the Siletz Bay Wildlife Refuge
A lot of people now are so insulated from weather, they haven’t learned its habits. Going from house to car to work indoors to car to house means people don’t experience weather like fishermen, landscapers, utility linemen or Kayak Rental Operators.
They don’t notice it can foggy at one place on the Oregon Coast and Sunny two (2) miles away. That is case at the Siletz Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Due to the massive amount of water in the Refuge, the weather is normally clear and sunny.
The Refuge creates its own MicroClimate
They don’t notice it can foggy at one place on the Oregon Coast and Sunny two (2) miles away. That is case at the Siletz Bay National Wildlife Refuge
Kayak\Canoe Rentals and Guided Tours is Location directly across the Siletz River from the heart of Siletz Bay National Wildlife Refuge. It is a easy paddle for a family.
The channels and tidal sloughs at Siletz Bay National Wildlife Refuge are a great place to experience nature, but three other options are available:
Siletz Bay is one of numerous estuaries located along the Pacific Coast Scenic Byway. On either side of Highway 101, scorched skeleton trees jut forth from the estuary and are reminiscent of a time when the salt marsh was diked for pasture.
You may see Great Egret -It is a large, white bird that looks like a heron, but slightly smaller. It has a “S” shaped neck and a long, sharp bill. You can observe it standing still in marshy water, waiting and watching for prey. If you get too close, a great egret will fly away. It winters along the central-to-southern Oregon coast and South America.
A variety of estuarine-dependent birds including great blue heron, Red tailed hawks, bald eagles, and other raptors can often be seen roosting at the top of these snags; and many species of waterfowl can be seen foraging in the tidally influenced waters.
Wildlife counted last year were: 100 Brown Pelicans, 5,000 waterfowl, 1,000 shorebirds, and 50 Caspian Terns. Occasionally, usually due to large schools of anchovy entering the bay, huge pulses of gulls, pelicans, and other species swarm into the bay to make use of the bountiful resources.
Other wading birds use the bay and there is a small heron rookery on the refuge. Virginia Rail and Sora make use of the freshwater / brackish wetlands and tidal marsh / meadow-nesting species such as Savannah Sparrow, Marsh Wren and Common Yellowthroat are abundant.
A diversity of raptors such as Osprey, Northern Harrier, Bald Eagle, and Red-tailed Hawk are commonly observed hunting prey within the marshes and mudflats.
The Siletz Bay and River system supports large runs of anadromous fish including Chinook and Coho salmon, cutthroat trout, and steelhead. Juvenile salmonids will benefit from several planned tidal marsh restoration.
Wildlife using the refuge include brown pelicans (endangered species), bald eagles (threatened species), peregrine falcons, Aleutian and dusky Canada geese, waterfowl, wading birds, shorebirds, and neotropical migrants.
No cost or obligation to make a Reservation
Tours are limited in size and scheduled on a first-come first-serve basis; therefore, advanced reservations are required. Learn about the Siletz Bay National Wildlife Refuge and how it was established to return this salt marsh to its natural state. Living nearby is abundant bird life such as the Great Egret and lucky paddlers will see Red-tailed Hawks and Bald Eagles watchfully perched on sun bleached snags. You might enjoy a sighting of the Great Blue Heron stalking its prey by patiently standing still and then swiftly nabbing a passing fish with speed and grace.
$40/hour 15 ft 4 -7 person Siletz Cat (1150 lbs weight limit) …. Details of Siletz Cat Chick Here
We only rent at the certain times since our location is where the Siletz River meets the Pacific Ocean at the Siletz Bay; therefore, the tides directly affect the water level.
July Launch Schedule
|7/1||Sun||3:00 PM||4:49 PM||4.75|
|7/2||Mon||3:30 PM||5:26 PM||4.78|
|7/3||Tue||4:00 PM||6:05 PM||4.83|
|7/4||Wed||4:45 PM||6:45 PM||4.94|
|7/5||Thu||5:30 PM||7:26 PM||5.11|
|7/6||Fri||6:00 AM||7:11 AM||3.96|
|7/7||Sat||7:30 AM||8:33 AM||3.82|
|7/8||Sun||9:00 AM||9:54 AM||3.9|
|7/9||Mon||10:00 AM||11:06 AM||4.15|
|7/10||Tue||10:30 AM||12:08 PM||4.48|
|7/11||Wed||11:00 AM||1:02 PM||4.81|
|7/12||Thu||12:00 PM||1:52 PM||5.1|
|7/13||Fri||12:30 PM||2:39 PM||5.33|
|7/14||Sat||1:30 AM||3:26 PM||5.51|
|7/15||Sun||2:00 PM||4:13 PM||5.63|
|7/16||Mon||3:00 PM||5:01 PM||5.71|
|7/17||Tue||4:00 PM||5:49 PM||5.76|
|7/18||Wed||4:30 PM||6:39 PM||5.79|
|7/19||Thu||5:30 PM||7:30 PM||5.8|
|7/20||Fri||7:00 AM||8:00 AM||4.18|
|7/21||Sat||8:30 AM||9:25 AM||3.99|
|7/22||Sun||9:30 AM||10:45 AM||4.04|
|7/23||Mon||10:30 AM||11:50 AM||4.22|
|7/24||Tue||11:00 AM||12:41 PM||4.42|
|7/25||Wed||12:00 PM||1:23 PM||4.58|
|7/26||Thu||12:00 PM||1:59 PM||4.72|
|7/27||Fri||12:30 PM||2:32 PM||4.82|
|7/28||Sat||1:00 PM||3:04 PM||4.9|
|7/29||Sun||1:30 PM||3:35 PM||4.98|
|7/30||Mon||2:00 PM||4:07 PM||5.04|
|7/31||Tue||2:30 PM||4:39 PM||5.11|
Reservation Office Hours …. 10 am – 9 pm …. Everyday … 541-765-2109
Launch Site Hours – see above for times….. 82 Siletz Hwy