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Netarts Bay, Netarts

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Netarts Bay is an estuarine bay on the northern Oregon Coast of the U.S. state of Oregon, located about 5 miles (8.0 km) southwest of Tillamook. The unincorporated community of Netarts is located on the north end of the bay and Netarts Bay Shellfish Preserve, managed by Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, is located on the south side of the bay. The sand spit on the west side of Netarts bay is part of Cape Lookout State Park.

The bay is approximately 5 by 1.5 miles (8.0 by 2.4 km) and totals 2,325 acres (9.41 km2) in area, making it Oregon's seventh largest bay. Of that, 812 acres (3.29 km2) are permanently submerged—the balance of 1,513 acres (6.12 km2) is intertidal land. It experiences a maximum tidal range of 9 feet (3 m).

The bay is part of a watershed of 13 square miles (34 km2) that is fed by at least 16 small creeks. From north to south, there is Fall Creek, Hodgdon Creek, O'Hara Creek, Rice Creek, two unnamed creeks, Yager Creek, three unnamed creeks, Whiskey Creek, an unnamed creek, Austin Creek, two unnamed creeks, and Jackson Creek.
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  • Come if you’re looking for solitude or a throwback to years gone by. There’s limited lodging and amenities but nearby communities service the area well. Oregon is blessed with the vision of former.....  more »
  • There are a few options to stay - a hotel/motel or home rental. We rented a home for a few days to sleep 6, and it was a memorable trip. The beach feels secluded, and the views are gorgeous. It is....  more »
  • So picturesque! None of these edited or taken on hdr phone . $50 phone pics, my golly!! Look how vivid this place is!!
  • Beautiful, often seals and sea lions resting just off shore. But it's hard to find a spot to park, beachfront is filled with RV parks, marinas, docks etc

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