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Number of days
?
Motorized watercraft allowed?
Yes
Water difficulty
Easy / Class A
Distance
3.00 mi (4.83 km)
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Beaver Creek State Natural Area is an area rich in wildlife just a few miles from the Pacific Ocean, and paddling Beaver Creek is one of the best ways to see what the area has to offer. From the Ona Beach boat launch on the east side of Highway 101, the creek meanders through wide and flat bends. Heron, osprey, river otter, and beaver sightings are numerous for the quiet paddler. Smaller side channels show the tracks of birds and small animals. Red-winged blackbirds and finches fill the air with song.

As you paddle upstream, the creek narrows and the brush closes in, and if you paddle far enough, you may have to duck under a barbed wire fence to continue upstream. 

Due to the slow current, this creek can be paddled in either direction without need of a shuttle. Continuing downstream will lead to the Pacific Ocean, while heading upstream will lead to a wildlife-filled riparian habitat. The flat water makes for a family-friendly adventure, allowing kids to view wildlife close-up. Be forewarned that winds can pick up in the afternoon, making the return trip downstream a bit more challenging.

Beaver Creek State Natural Area is part of Brian Booth State Park. The park opened in 2010 after Beaver Creek was purchased from private landowners using lottery dollars and a grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The natural area serves as an important part of the Beaver Creek watershed, connecting old-growth forests, coastal areas, and marsh habitats.

You'll reach the Welcome Center by continuing a mile up North Beaver Creek Road from the boat launch. At this newly constructed building, visitors can learn more about the wildlife seen on the creek. Guided kayak tours can be arranged from July through Labor Day weekend and are offered five days a week (no tours are offered on Tuesday or Wednesday). Reservations can be arranged ahead of time by calling the Welcome Center at 541.563.6413 between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Reservations are taken starting June 1.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

Low

Parking Pass

Not Required

Pros

Wildlife viewing. Calm water. Easy access. Family friendly.

Cons

Wind on return paddle.

Address

N Beaver Creek Rd
1108
Seal Rock, OR 97376
United States

Features

Fishing
Picnic tables
Bird watching
Wildlife

Site characteristics: Water

River

Portage required

No

Location

Field Guide

Nearby Adventures

Comments

04.28.18
Watch for small “v” like shapes crossing the creek. Could be an otter!
04.28.18
Head out early to see more wildlife. We counted 22 river otters on our way upstream. Consider putting in at Nona Beach if you are paddle boarding.
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