Kayaking on the Oregon Coast
The north fork of the Nehalem River converges with Nehalem Bay near Nehalem. You can start at either the Nehalem or Wheeler Marina. It is a great paddle for beginners and intermediate paddlers who want to explore the scenic coastal waterways. As you paddle along the Nehalem River watch cormorants and harbor seals fishing, Chinook salmon jumping, and sea birds flying by. The bay is close enough to the Pacific Ocean to give you a little push up the river’s north fork during some incoming tides. Riding the tide is one of the benefits of coastal paddling.
A paddle in Rockaway Beach or Garibaldi offer views of a sheltered cove, perfect for beginners, and nestled at the foothills. The Three Graces are large stoned outcroppings between Rockaway Beach and Garibaldi that offer fantastic views as you glide by. There is also a small stream off Rockaway Beach that joins the two bodies of water of Lake Lytle and Crescent Lake.
The Tillamook Bay watershed links five distinctive rivers together: the Miami River, The Kilchis River, The Wilson River, The Trask River and the Tillamook River. Put in at either Tillamook or Bay City to experience a low impact way of viewing this amazing waterway system.
Other places to kayak in Tillamook County include:
Netarts Bay and Cape Meares Lake; which are near Netarts, Oceanside, and Cape Meares. Sand Lake, Nestucca Bay, Little Nestucca River, Nestucca River and Salmon River are near Pacific City and Neskowin. With its seven estuary system featuring six bays and over 800 miles of tidally influenced river systems it is sure to delight any paddler. You will also paddle upon clandestine sloughs and backwater channels to further enhance your flat-water experience.
Don’t have your own kayak and want some help getting started? Kayak Tillamook is an authentic guide service with strong environmental ethics that offers service in Tillamook County, providing year-round flat-water tours on lakes, bays, rivers and sloughs throughout the region.