Open since October 2010, the Beaver Creek State Natural Area preserves 374 acres of one of Oregon’s most diverse wetland habitats. The seven-mile trail network offers several wildlife-rich hikes through the marsh. Check out the Cougar Ridge Trail for a breathtaking view of Ona Beach. Don’t forget to pack a pair of binoculars for the natural area is a bird-watching hotspot. Keep your eyes peeled for an Egret, Great Blue Heron, Osprey, Red-Tailed Hawk, or Bald Eagle. But of course, don’t miss the beavers!
An ADA accessible visitor center is open daily to park guests. Beaver Creek also has an ADA accessible 10 minute walking loop that ensures views of the wildlife are open to all visitors.
Beaver Creek meets the Pacific at Ona Beach after a 30 mile long journey from the coastal range. The 2 mile stretch of creek from Ona into the park has been a popular kayaking or canoeing route since before the establishment of Beaver Creek as a natural area. Enjoy spectacular views of birds, elk, river otter, muskrat, beaver lodges and spawning Coho Salmon, Cutthroat Trout, and Winter Steelhead from a front row seat on the water. The minimal current and calm waters make Beaver Creek a great option for the beginning paddler. Bring your own kayak and lifejacket or rent gear before you go.
State Parks gives guided kayak tours during the summer months for $15, call 541-867-6590 for reservations.
Beaver Creek State Natural Area is located about 15 miles north of Yachats. For trail guides, birding information, and more information on Beaver Creek State Natural Area, visit the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department State Parks webpage.