Siltcoos River Estuary and Siltcoos Lagoon Trail

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Seasons

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Location

Go to the Oregon Birding Trails website.  http://www.oregonbirdingtrails.org/ Choose the Oregon Coast Birding Trail. Click on the Central Coast tab and go to section 98. To access the Siltcoos River Estuary, turn west from Highway 101 onto the road leading to Siltcoos Beach.

Directions

Habitat and Birds

Stop at Lodgepole Campground on the way to the beach to see what is there. Red Crossbills are often in the area. The habitat around the campground often contains a sizeable mixed flock of passerines. Continue down the road to Lagoon Campground. There is a trail that goes all the way around the campground. It is accessible from a day use parking lot that is just past the entrance to the campground, on the right side of the road. This trail is one of the best places in Lane County to find Wrentit. At the beach parking lot at the end of the road, park and climb over the dune to the beach. This is one of the best locations in the state to find Snowy Plovers which may be found here in any season. There is a protected nesting area to the east of the beach, south of the parking lot area. Gulls and shorebirds may often be found congregating along the river mouth. There is another beach access trail from Waxmyrtle Campground, across the road from Lagoon Campground. Park along the campground access road and find the beginning of the trail on the west side of the road. It is a long hike to the beach, which reaches the ocean near the south side of the Siltcoos River mouth.

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