Siletz Bay National Wildlife Refuge is in coastal Oregon. There are six refuges that collectively form Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex. The refuge is south of Lincoln City where the Siletz River enters the Bay. The refuge is one of the most popular places to see in Lincoln City, OR. There are plenty of things to do in Lincoln City OR near the refuge and special events to attend at the refuge.
About Siletz Bay National Wildlife Refuge
Siletz Bay Refuge dates back to 1991 when 46 acres of tracts north and south of the Siletz River was donated to ensure its preservation. Much of the area was used as pasture for cattle. The degradation of the tidal salt marsh, the risks posed to wildlife and estuarine fish, their habitats and resources called for serious measures. The refuge presently spans 568 acres and has tidal salt marsh, tidal sloughs, brackish marsh, mudflats, and deciduous and coniferous forestland. The refuge serves as the nursery grounds for Chinook Salmon, Coho, Cutthroat Trout and Steelhead among other species. Over the years several restoration projects have been undertaken and completed to ensure the marshes are well inundated by tides, twice every day.
At the refuge you can embark on a hike along the Alder Island Nature Trail. You can try paddling at the bay and at the tidal sloughs. You can try your luck at bank fishing and you may catch a few salmons. You can also hunt for waterfowl but only in designated zones. These are seasonal activities though. You can observe shorebirds, waterfowl, songbirds, various birds of prey, reptiles and amphibians. Many migratory birds and animals will grace different parts of the refuge almost throughout the year.
Entry to the refuge is free. The refuge is open from sunrise to sunset and overnight parking is not permitted. You should have tidal information at all times so you can be safe. The refuge doesn’t allow visitors with pets. It should be noted that hunting or fishing and any kind of activity involving lighting a fire or littering is not permitted within the refuge. You should know exactly which zones are hunting and fishing grounds. Learn more here: https://www.fws.gov/refuge/siletz_bay/
Stay at Inn at Lincoln City
Inn at Lincoln City is just nine miles from Siletz Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Our hotel offers well-appointed rooms with free Wi-Fi, cable television, coffee maker, microwave, refrigerator, hot tub and spa. Book your stay directly on Inn at Lincoln City to get the best rates: http://www.innatlincolncity.com/