|Oregon Coast Notes|
|See salmon spawning along the Oregon Coast and in many inland rivers|
Salmon are spawning and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife encourages Oregonians to step outside and see this natural wonder.
Please observe spawning from a short distance without disturbing the fish or walking through spawning nests, called redds, in the river gravels. Viewing conditions can be limited following rainstorms, but water usually clears within a few days.
Salmon spawning provides an opportunity for unique photographs. First, look for redds where the gravel is scuffed up by fish. Also watch for dorsal fins breaking the surface. Make sure the sun is behind you, and use a polarizing filter if it’s a sunny day to help take away glare from the water’s surface. Overcast days may be best because there won’t be harsh shadows. If you can, face the fish to see their eyes for a more interesting photograph.
In many cases, people don't need to travel far from home to see spawning salmon.
The following locations around southwestern Oregon all offer excellent viewing.
Rogue Valley area:
Fall chinook spawning occurs in the Rogue Valley from early October through early January. Peak viewing is now through November, and easy sites include:
Douglas County area:
Right now is peak spawning for fall chinook. Good viewing is along the South Umpqua River at the Roseburg Visitor's Center, Happy Valley Boat Ramp, Felt Field, Lower Cow Creek (Douglas County road 39) and at Sun Studs along Highway 99. Salmon can be seen on the Umpqua River at Myrtle Island/Tyee.
Coho salmon spawning in Douglas County peaks in late November through early December. The following spawning sites can be seen by walking along tributaries. Walking will be moderate to difficult. Viewing areas include:
Oregon Coastal area:
Fall chinook spawning in coastal rivers occurs now through mid-December, peaking in mid-November. The best viewing areas include:
Coho salmon spawning is mid-November to early February. Spawning peaks in December in the Coos system and late December to early January in the Coquille. Coho can be seen spawning at the following locations:
High resolution photograph of an adult coho salmon migrating upriver to spawn is available on Flickr.
The mission of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is to protect and enhance Oregon's fish and wildlife and their habitats for use and enjoyment by present and future generations. The agency consists of the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission, a commission-appointed director and a statewide staff of approximately 950 permanent employees. Headquartered in Salem, ODFW has regional offices in Clackamas, Roseburg, Bend, and La Grande with ten district offices located throughout the state. For additional information, please visit www.dfw.state.or.us.
Coast – Michael Gray (541) 888-5515