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Bring your binoculars, boots or small boat to Beaver Creek. This new park offers paddling, bird watching, walks in the marshland and hiking in upland meadows.
Put in your kayak or canoe at the Ona Beach launch. The two-mile paddle 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. If you're lucky, you may see a Roosevelt elk or black-tailed deer.
Beaver Creek State Natural Area has nearly 375 acres of freshwater wetlands, upland Sitka spruce and alder forest and open, grassy meadows. The new park is south of Newport and just east of Ona Beach State Park. Although the new park officially opens Oct. 1, 2010, you can get a sneak preview now of the Beaver Creek wetland.
Follow the trail from the Visitor Center parking area (opening Oct. 1, 2010) across the marsh. Several miles of trails take off from the small bridge that crosses Beaver Creek.
The upland trails are open when the water is low and hikers can cross on the marsh trail. Beaver Creek paddling is open year-round.
Kayak Tours starting at Ona Beach
Kayak tours are offered starting July 4 Thru September. No experience necessary. South Beach State Park supplies the kayaks, paddles, lifejackets, and interpretive host guides. Minimum age is 6. Paddlers under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. $15 per person (subject to change). All trips start at the Hospitality Center at South Beach State Park. All trips include about 2 hours of paddling. Reservations strongly recommended. Reservations can be made beginning June 1, 2010 by calling the Hospitality Center at 541-867-6590 or by visiting in person. Watch a video on the South Beach web page...
Most of this relatively new addition to the Oregon state parks system is only accessible by kayak or canoe.
Photo by Julie Hubbard, Oregon State Parks Trust.
For Update and a bunch of great photos go to: http://oregonstateparks.wordpress.com/opening-fall-2010-beaver-creek/