Sustainable Living Center Oregon
Kayak,\Canoe, and Guided Launch Location directly across the Siletz River from the heart of Siletz Bay National Wildlife Refuge. It is a easy paddle for a family.
The best entrance to the Siletz Bay National Wildlife Refuge is the stream on the left of the movie house, which is 1/2 mile up the river, as you face the house.
The Stamper’s movie house that was in the the movie “Sometimes a Great Notion” Starring: Paul Newman; Henry Fonda; Lee Remick
Music by: Henry Mancini
is nearly falling into the river. Like their lives in general, living there is a continual struggle against encroachment — water, the jungle of Oregon forests, the weather. It is separated from the rest of the community, situated across a river, and only accessible by boat. That house, the heart/guts of the family, is crucial to the story.
When the film crew got to Oregon to film the movie, they couldn’t find just the right existing house to place the Stampers in, so they built one. If you’ve seen the movie or read the book, you know that the house is meant to have been there for generations. In both the book and the movie, Hank and the other Stampers are constantly shoring things up, trying to keep the house/household standing.
After the filming was complete, because it was a film set, a temporary structure, the plan was to torch the house. 1970 was an unusually hot/dry summer, however, and the county wouldn’t give a permit for the fire so the film makers sold the house.
Amazingly — demonstrating what seems to be the ultimate in “shoring up” (adding a foundation, cleaning up the movie debris, painting, etc.) — the house has been owned and lived in over the past 40 years. Located about a half a mile up the Siletz River Highway, It is now available for sale or as a short-term vacation rental.
Siletz Bay Refuge encompasses coastal conifer and hardwood forest, estuarine tidelands and freshwater riparian habitats.
It is an environment of transitions: freshwater to salt, shaded canopy to exposed delta, to a turbulent river. Even the inhabitants are in constant flux, from amphibians metamorphosing in bogs and resident birds donning breeding plumage in spring to spawning salmon—born in freshwater and raised in saline depths—forming rivers of flesh that pour upstream from the sea.
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.
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 experience necessary
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.
No experience necessary
We only launch 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. This is what Siletz Bay Refuge looks like at Low Tide and it why we only launch at High Tide.
July Launch Schedule .. Launch Time ……. High Tide Time ,,,,,,,,Tides Level
|7/1||Sun||3:00 PM||4:49 PM||4.8|
|7/2||Mon||3:30 PM||5:26 PM||4.8|
|7/3||Tue||4:00 PM||6:05 PM||4.8|
|7/4||Wed||4:45 PM||6:45 PM||4.9|
|7/5||Thu||5:30 PM||7:26 PM||5.1|
|7/6||Fri||6:00 AM||7:11 AM||4.0|
|7/7||Sat||7:30 AM||8:33 AM||3.8|
|7/8||Sun||9:00 AM||9:54 AM||3.9|
|7/9||Mon||10:00 AM||11:06 AM||4.2|
|7/10||Tue||10:30 AM||12:08 PM||4.5|
|7/11||Wed||11:00 AM||1:02 PM||4.8|
|7/12||Thu||12:00 PM||1:52 PM||5.1|
|7/13||Fri||12:30 PM||2:39 PM||5.3|
|7/14||Sat||1:30 AM||3:26 PM||5.5|
|7/15||Sun||2:00 PM||4:13 PM||5.6|
|7/16||Mon||3:00 PM||5:01 PM||5.7|
|7/17||Tue||4:00 PM||5:49 PM||5.8|
|7/18||Wed||4:30 PM||6:39 PM||5.8|
|7/19||Thu||5:30 PM||7:30 PM||5.8|
|7/20||Fri||7:00 AM||8:00 AM||4.2|
|7/21||Sat||8:30 AM||9:25 AM||4.0|
|7/22||Sun||9:30 AM||10:45 AM||4.0|
|7/23||Mon||10:30 AM||11:50 AM||4.2|
|7/24||Tue||11:00 AM||12:41 PM||4.4|
|7/25||Wed||12:00 PM||1:23 PM||4.6|
|7/26||Thu||12:00 PM||1:59 PM||4.7|
|7/27||Fri||12:30 PM||2:32 PM||4.8|
|7/28||Sat||1:00 PM||3:04 PM||4.9|
|7/29||Sun||1:30 PM||3:35 PM||5.0|
|7/30||Mon||2:00 PM||4:07 PM||5.0|
|7/31||Tue||2:30 PM||4:39 PM||5.1|
Reservation Office Hours …. 10 am – 9 pm …. Everyday … 541-765-2109
Launch Site Hours – see above for times….. 82 Siletz Hwy