Beaver Creek State Natural Area
Some getaways offer peace of mind with each stroke of a paddle and all you needs is a paddle, a life vest and a spirit of adventure at the new Beaver Creek State Park Natural Area near Newport. It is unlike any state park you’ve ever visited before!
Beaver Creek is a relatively small 30-mile long coastal stream that is born in the Oregon coat range mountains and enters the ocean at another parkland called Ona Beach State Park, just south of Newport, Oregon. We paddled stable, flat-bottomed kayaks through a stretch of the creek where the freshwater mixes with the salt.
The new State Park Natural Area is nearly 400 acres of freshwater marsh and uplands and a place where the creek’s namesake animal – also the Oregon state animal – has made a remarkable comeback over the past forty years. Their signs were everywhere, from chewed up alder sticks scattered on shore to large semi-submerged logs where beaver teeth appeared like double chisel-type marks on the wood to several large lodges.
At the top of a nearby knoll, the new Beaver Creek Visitor Center – accessible by land or water – will offer maps, photos and information about the wildlife in the area when the park officially opens to the public on October 1. For folks who wish to make their visit a longer stay, South Beach State Park Campground is just six miles away.
You can also learn more about Beaver Creek guided tours through the private tour operator, Northwest EcoExcursions in Depoe Bay, Ossies Surf Shop in Newport and Central Coast Rental Watersports in Florence.
Editor’s Note: Grant’s Getaways is a production of Travel Oregon brought to you in association with Oregon State Parks, Oregon Dept. of Fish & Wildlife and Oregon State Marine Board. Episodes air Thursdays and Saturdays on KGW Newschannel 8 and Saturdays on Northwest Cable News Network.
About the Author: Grant McOmie
Grant McOmie is a Pacific Northwest broadcast journalist, teacher and author who writes and produces stories and special programs about the people, places, outdoor activities and environmental issues of the Pacific Northwest. A fifth generation Oregon native, Grant’s roots run deepest in the central Oregon region near Prineville and Redmond where his family continues to live.