4 Perfect Places To Paddle The Oregon Coast Near Lincoln City

Need a new place to kayak or stand up paddleboard on the Oregon Coast? We've got you covered with four of our favorite spots.

Nestucca Bay Nataional Wildlife Refuge. Photo by USFWS - Pacific Region via Flickr CC2.

Some weekends are meant for relaxing, and others are meant for adventure.  Whether you’re a seasoned paddler or just interested in getting out to explore, it can be fun to find new places to kayak or stand-up paddleboard.  Luckily the Oregon coast has an abundance of scenic rivers, lakes, and waterways to discover.  Here are 4 of the best places to paddle near Lincoln City and Gleneden Beach on the scenic Oregon coast.

1. Salmon River Estuary / Cascade Head

Cascade Head is a favorite hike for many Oregon coast visitors, but not many realize that the mouth of the Salmon River flowing below is an amazing place to kayak.

Mouth of the Salmon River. Photo by Sam Beebe via Flickr CC2.

Be sure to know when the tides are coming and going, and be careful where you choose to get out of your boat.  I watched someone step out in a muddy spot at low tide once and they sank nearly to their knees.  To launch, head to Knight Park on Three Rocks Road west of Highway 101 near Lincoln City.

2. Siletz Bay

 

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The Siletz Bay at Gleneden Beach is a magical place to explore.  The best time to paddle into the refuge is an hour before high tide in the morning so you can take advantage of the wind.  There’s a boat launch adjacent to the small parking area for the Siletz Bay Wildlife Refuge that is free to the public and open from sunrise to sunset.

Sunset on the Siletz Bay. Photo by USFWS – Pacific Region via Flickr CC2.

The Wildlife Refuge sometimes offers paddling tours.  Be aware of when the tide comes and goes and of the winds.  Strong winds can make launching or coming back difficult.

3. Devil’s Lake in Lincoln City

 

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Devil’s Lake is a great sheltered place to paddle.  This is not a remote lake and can get busy at times.  You can launch from Regatta Grounds, Holmes Road Park, and East Devil’s Lake State Park.

4. Little Nestucca River And Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge

 

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The Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge is quite the place to explore, and wildlife viewing is a popular activity here.  While the Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge doesn’t provide boating access, you can access the waterways via public lands and the Little Nestucca Boat Ramp on Meda Loop Road a quarter mile east of Highway 101 in Pacific City. 

Experienced paddlers will find something to enjoy at all of these destinations.  If you’re new to paddling, we recommend going with a friend that knows how, taking lessons, or taking a guided tour with those who can show you the ropes.  One great place to get guided tours is Safari Town Surf Shop in Lincoln City.

Kayak Lincoln City Oregon Coast where to paddle

If you need a great place to stay after a long day of paddling and adventure on the Oregon Coast, Salishan Coastal Lodge is one of our favorites!

Love paddling and want to discover more new places?  Check out 7 more of our favorite places to paddle in Oregon here.

Sunset at Siletz Bay. Photo by USFWS – Pacific Region via Flickr CC2.

Please note: Kayaking, boating, and stand up paddleboarding are at-your-own-risk activities.  Always wear an approved life jacket, and be sure you know the rules and regulations for the destination you plan on paddling.  Be certain you have the correct permits for your boats, and research your destination thoroughly before going.

What’s your favorite place to paddle on the Oregon coast?  Let us know in a comment and tag the friends you want to take on an Oregon coast adventure!

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