Kayaking

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Locations near Yachats for independent kayaking | paddling include the following:

Alsea River Water Trail – Waldport
Beaver Creek – Ona Beach, Seal Rock
Yaquina Bay – Newport | -and- | Yaquina River – Newport/Toledo
Siuslaw River and Siuslaw Estuary Water Trails – Florence

Watercraft rentals are available at paddle shops in Waldport, Newport, Florence, and at Honeyman State Park just south of Florence.

NORTH OF YACHATS:

PORT OF ALSEA / ALSEA RIVER WATER TRAIL – WALDPORT
The Alsea River Water Trail offers 10 river-miles, including the Alsea River, Drift Creek, and Lint Slough. Dockage and moorage is provided by Port of Alsea. Where/Directions: Port of Alsea is 8 miles N of Yachats; 16 mi S of Newport. At Waldport’s only stoplight (at the base of the Waldport Bridge on Hwy 101), turn E onto Hwy 34; continue 1.9 mi to Broadway; turn left on Broadway and proceed to the Port of Alsea docks. 

BEAVER CREEK STATE NATURAL AREA / BRIAN BOOTH STATE PARK – ONA BEACH, SEAL ROCK
This is a 3-miles paddle that meanders up the Beaver Creek valley with views of the surrounding Sitka spruce and alder forested hills. Look for beaver, river otter, muskrat and nutria, Roosevelt elk, or black-tailed deer. Where/Directions: Beaver Creek is a 15-20 minute drive (16 miles) north of Yachats, with a launch area at Beaver Creek Rd and Hwy 101, across from Ona Beach.

YAQUINA BAY – NEWPORT | YAQUINA RIVER – NEWPORT/TOLEDO 
Newport Bay is a 30-40 minute drive north of Yachats on Hwy 101. Toledo is east of Newport about 10 miles on Hwy 20. For launch sites, visit portofnewport.com and paddling.com.

SOUTH OF YACHATS:

SIUSLAW RIVER & ESTUARY WATER TRAILS – FLORENCE 
The Siuslaw River Water Trail offers more than 30 river-miles of paddling opportunities, and there are dozens of coastal lakes and rivers to paddle and explore on the Siuslaw Estuary Water Trail. Florence is a 30-40 minute drive south of Yachats. For launch sites, see www.siuslaw.org/kayaking-canoeing/.

Kayaking Tours – Beaver Creek Natural Area | Brian Booth State Park
Tour groups meet at the
Beaver Creek Welcome Center
On Beaver Creek Road
1.2 miles east of Ona Beach
Seal Rock, OR 97376
Reservations Required

Rangers at Brian Booth State Park lead 4-hour guided kayak tours (kayaks and equipment provided) at Beaver Creek State Natural Area between July 1 and Labor Day, with sign-up beginning June 1. Tours are from 8:00 am to 12:00 noon. The hours listed include check-in, instruction, 2.5 hours of paddling, and check out. To make a reservation visit the Beaver Creek website, linked below, or call 541-563-6413. 

The Beaver Creek Welcome Center is a 15-20 minute drive north of Yachats. Travel 15 miles north on Hwy 101; at Ona Beach and Hwy 101, turn east onto Beaver Creek Rd. and continue east 1.2 miles to the Welcome Center.

BEAVER CREEK STATE NATURAL AREA | BRIAN BOOTH STATE PARK
This is a 3-miles paddle that meanders up the lush Beaver Creek valley with views of the surrounding Sitka spruce and alder forested hills. Look for beaver, river otter, muskrat and nutria, Roosevelt elk, or black-tailed deer.

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