Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Pacific City

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Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge is a U.S. National Wildlife Refuge on Oregon's coast. It lies in southern Tillamook County, on the state's northern coast. It is one of six National Wildlife Refuges comprising the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex and supports one tenth of the world's dusky Canada goose population. The refuge contains at least seven types of habitat, including tidal marsh, tidal mudflats, grassland, woodland, pasture, forested lagg—a transition between raised peat bog and mineral soil—and freshwater bogs, including the southernmost coastal Sphagnum bog habitat on the Pacific Coast.The Sphagnum bog provides habitat for many interesting and unusual species, such as the insect-eating sundew plant and the bog cranberry. Scientists have discovered many layers of sand and peat under Neskowin Marsh indicating a long history of tsunami activity which carries sand from the coastal sand dunes. These might be the best record of tsunami activity within the Cascadia subduction zone.Chinook and coho salmon, coastal cutthroat trout and steelhead are all native to the Nestucca Bay and River system. November through April, the refuge’s short grass pastures provide winter habitats for the previously mentioned dusky Canada goose and the Aleutian cackling goose. Notable winged residents include a variety of migrating shorebirds, peregrine falcons and bald eagles. Put Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge into our Pacific City sightseeing app to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Pacific City.
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  • Small rare butterfly that must have a very specific plant to survive. Also wintering habitat for several races of both Canada and Cackling Geese. Beautiful spot well worth a visit on a sunny day...  more »
  • We went first thing in the morning and even though it was labor day weekend there was practically no one there. We parked at the bottom lot to get some extra walking in, but the upper lot can...  more »
  • Sadly we chose a rare day that the road to access trails was closed for maintenance. The helpful, friendly worker assured me it was for one day only and wanted us to be sure to return. The parking area at the front was well maintained, very accessible, clean facilities. Informational kiosk, nice overlook with informative displays, picnic table. We plan on returning.
  • Restoration of natural habitat is well underway for coastal prairie areas. Lovely views of the coast and inland valley. Paved walk is wheelchair accessible; trail hike had bald eagle nesting area off limits.

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