An Oregon Coast Wildlife Refuge Trail
Siletz Bay National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon consists of some of the most scenic estuarine habitat 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 to provide pasture for dairy cows. Red-tailed hawks, bald eagles, and other raptors can often be seen roosting at the top of these snags and a variety of estuarine dependant birds including great blue heron, great egret and many species of waterfowl can be seen foraging in the tidally influenced waters.
Siletz Bay National Wildlife Refuge was established to protect salt marsh, brackish marsh, tidal sloughs, mudflats, and coniferous and deciduous forestland. The refuge provides nursery grounds for coho and chinook salmon, steelhead and cutthroat trout. The primary ecological goal for the refuge is to allow the salt marsh to return to its natural tidally influenced state.
A 100-acre tidal marsh restoration project was completed on Millport Slough through a partnership between the USFWS, Ducks Unlimited and the Confederated Tribes of the Siletz Indians. The restoration involved breaching 220 feet of dike, removing two dikes totaling 9,300 feet and filling 1,200 feet of artificial ditches. Large woody debris was placed in the marsh to improve habitat for anadromous fish.
This summer the US Fish and Wildlife Service will offer guided paddling trips in the Siletz Bay National Wildlife Refuge. On these outings visitors will spend about two hours paddling through the heart of Siletz Bay NWR as they learn about the natural history of some of the plants, wading birds, waterfowl, and other wildlife that inhabit the estuary. Participants must provide their own canoe or kayak for each trip and must dress appropriately for paddling in all weather conditions. Water and snacks are encouraged. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service can provide binoculars and field guides to use during the trip if needed. Space & parking is limited and you must call ahead to make a reservation. The tours will take place at the following dates and times:
Wednesday, June 16, 4:30 – 6:30 PM
Thursday, July 1, 4:30 – 6:30 PM
Friday, July 2, 5:00 – 7:00 PM
Friday, July 16, 4:30 – 6:30 PM
Saturday, July 17, 5:30 – 7:30 PM
Sunday, July 18, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Sunday, August 1, 4:30 – 6:30 PM
Monday, August 2, 5:30 – 7:30 PM
Tuesday, August 3, 7:00 – 9:00 AM
Sunday, August 15, 4:40 – 6:40 PM
Monday, August 16, 5:30 – 7:30 PM
Participants will meet at the Siletz Moorage (82 Siletz Hwy, Lincoln City, OR 97367) at the time listed for the date (note: launching is included in the times above). From Lincoln City go south on Highway 101, just before crossing the Siletz River bridge, turn left (east) onto the Siletz hwy and follow until reaching the Siletz Moorage on the right (south). From Newport go north on Highway 101, cross the Siletz River bridge and make the first right (east) onto the Siletz hwy and follow until reaching the Siletz Moorage on the right (south).
For further information or to make a reservation please see the Oregon Coast NWR Complex website: www.fws.gov/oregoncoast or contact Cheryl Horton directly by phone at 541-270-5606 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Christopher Cunningham
Melissa has attended a few kayaking skills sessions and has been practicing wet exits. During one class she got hung up by a spray skirt that didn’t release. Read about her experience on the blog. You should count on glitches like that happening and practice until you feel confident you can deal with any departure from the usual routine.
I don’t like doing wet exits but I do them in every season of the year and in every kind of kayak. They’re sometimes awkward and sometimes cold. Sometimes the spray skirt gets stuck and sometimes I have to sort my knees out to get through a keyhole cockpit opening. After years of doing wet exits they now have one thing in common: they’re all boring. That’s the way I’d like to keep them. If there comes a time when I capsize unexpectedly, getting knocked over may come as a surprise, but being upside down in the water will be quite familiar. I know I’ve got more than enough time and air to get out of the boat if that's what I have to do. Time tends to expand when you take the sense of urgency out of it.
To catch up on Melissa’s progress and for some tips on sea kayaking basics check out our Getting Started blog.
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June ’10 Issue
Equipment reviews, adventure and education all in one!
- Crossing the Tasman Sea: An interview with James Castrission
- Newfoundland: Among the islands and inlets of the island’s northeast coast you’ll find history, geology and an opportunity to wander among drifting icebergs.
- The Gulf of Alaska: An Alaskan couple paddles an overlooked stretch of coast that lies between two popular kayaking destinations.
- Safety: A group of guides exploring new routes along the coast of Costa Rica get caught up in a sudden and powerful north wind.
- Gear review: A look at the Ultralight, a new electric motor from Torqeedo designed specifically for kayaks.
- Kayak Reviews:
- Oceanspirit by Tahe Kayaks
- Looksha Elite by Necky Kayaks
August ’10 Issue coming your way soon!
- Greenland rolling for touring kayaks
- Safety: A solo kayaker capsizes on an ice-covered Mississippi River
- Paddling Ontario’s Prince Edward County
- “Rite of Passage” A mother’s recollection of kayaking with teens at Lake Superior’s Isle Royale
- Homemade charts from online resources
- Kayak reviews:
NEW DVD – Kayak Fishing, The Ultimate Guide
By Ann Eastwood
When I was a child, my dad and I fished with hand lines off the side of a boat owned by the Heath brothers, a pair of Gloucester fisherman. Dad and I leisurely jigged for fish while the brothers hauled in a seine net off Egg Rock filled with Atlantic mackerel. I remember the net's contents—beautiful blue, black mackerel spilling onto the deck of the boat.
The Heath brothers don't go out anymore, but Egg Rock is still a good place for fishing. Kayak anglers launch from the beach about a mile away and head toward the rock. I enjoy seeing them launch in the surf, their boats rigged with rods, tackle and nets. If the weather is rough they may stay close to the rocky shore or venturing off to the next cove, but when conditions allow they are always drawn to Egg Rock to drop their lines in the water there, just as I did when I was standing at my father’s side.
Kayak Fishing, the Ultimate Guide DVD directed by Ken Whiting $19.95
Back issues available with fishing articles include:
Articles available as photo copies:
“Halibut on a Handline” by Nilsen and Petersen
“The One that Didn’t Get Away” by Nathan Burnham
, “The First Fish” by Joseph Kaftan and “A-Fishing I Will Go: Catching Supper From Your Kayak” by Paul Lebowitz and John Upchurch
Spring 86 “Going Fishing” with Wayward Watson
Winter 86 “The Great Halibut” by Jamie Alley
Winter 91 “On Becoming a Fisher of Fish” by Eric Holle
August ‘02 “Fishing with a Handline” by Steve Nagode
Fathers Day is June 20th - Remember when your dad took you kayaking? Return the favor and take him paddling (and visit the online store for great gift ideas!)
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One of a Kind
By Jack Jacoby
Bamboo is amazing stuff. Renewable in 5 years, it's used for everything from scaffolding to my granddaughter’s diapers. I built this Eric Schade designed Shearwater 17 Hybrid using the stitch-and-glue process for the hull, and strip-built the deck with 7/8" x 1/8" bamboo strips. I found the bamboo to be much stronger and only slightly harder to work with than western red cedar (which renews in about 25 years).
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From the Advertising Department
Introducing the NW Adventure Sports Exposition
A New Venue for the Pacific Northwest
By Paul R. Riek
Advertising and Promotions Manager
Over the course of the past year, the Pacific Northwest has said goodbye to two significant paddlesports venues. The West Coast Sea Kayak Symposium held in Port Townsend, WA celebrated its 26th and final year this past September and the Puget Sound Sea Kayak Symposium pulled the plug after its 5th year. The loss of both of these venues left the region with a void to fill.
On May 8th and 9th three of us from Sea Kayaker magazine attended a new venue that could provide the region with an event where kayakers could gather. The NW Outdoor Adventure Sports Exposition hosted by the Olympic Outdoor Center made its inaugural appearance in the beautiful town of Port Gamble, WA.
This venue has all the makings of a wonderful destination event. Port Gamble is truly the jewel of the Kitsap peninsula. This little town, just a short ferry ride and drive from Seattle, is a meeting and conference center located just at the mouth of Hood Canal. With a rustic campground a mile or so down the road, and rental houses available on site, the venue can certainly be host to an increased attendance in years to come. The beach area offers a protected bay and the registration and exhibition area boasts a fully equipped catering area. It’s a great location for a weekend getaway.
We wish the Olympic Outdoor Center luck and hope to see this exposition grow to its full potential.
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