Sustainable Living Center Oregon
Kayak and 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.
Siletz Bay is one of numerous estuaries located along the Pacific Coast Scenic Byway. On either side of Highway 101, starched 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.
Red tailed hawks, bald eagles, and other raptors can often be seen roosting at the top of these snags; and a variety of estuarine-dependent birds including great blue heron, great egret 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.
Trips are limited in size and scheduled on a first-come first-serve basis; therefore, advanced reservations are required.
Kayak rentals include kayak, paddle, seatback, life jacket, invasive species permit and parking for one vehicle.
Waring: During the summer, the area of Siletz River nearest the mouth of the bay often has unpredictable high winds and waves.
Wearing a personal flotation device (PFD) is mandatory.
When making your reservation please indicate the number of boats in your party. Additional information will be sent out to all registered persons.