The Nestucca River flows for about 57 miles (92 km) through forests near the Pacific coast of northwest Oregon in the United States. It drains a timber-producing area of the Northern Oregon Coast Range west of Portland.

Nestucca River
Nestucca River in the Coast Range
Nestucca River is located in Oregon
Nestucca River
Location of the mouth of the Nestucca River in Oregon
Nestucca River is located in the United States
Nestucca River
Nestucca River (the United States)
EtymologyIndian word for a part of the river or a point on its banks or for a tribe living nearby[2]
CountryUnited States
Physical characteristics
SourceCentral Oregon Coast Range
 • locationnear Ball Bearing Hill, Tillamook County, Oregon
 • coordinates45°16′23″N 123°23′33″W / 45.27306°N 123.39250°W / 45.27306; -123.39250[1]
 • elevation2,249 ft (685 m)[3]
MouthNestucca Bay
 • location
near Pacific City, Tillamook County, Oregon
 • coordinates
45°11′03″N 123°57′26″W / 45.18417°N 123.95722°W / 45.18417; -123.95722[1]
 • elevation
0 ft (0 m)[1]
Length57 mi (92 km)[4]
Basin size255 sq mi (660 km2)[4]
 • average1,050 cu ft/s (30 m3/s)[4]
DesignatedMarch 12, 2019[5]

Rising in the mountains of western Yamhill County, it is impounded near its headwaters to create McGuire Reservoir, the primary water source for the city of McMinnville. The river flows generally west through Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land and the Siuslaw National Forest, past Beaver, then southwest past Hebo and Cloverdale. It enters Nestucca Bay, on the Pacific Ocean, from the north at Pacific City. The Little Nestucca River does not join the Nestucca but enters Nestucca Bay from the south.

Recreation edit

Madelynne Sheehan in Fishing in Oregon calls the Nestucca River "a real gem of an all-around stream."[6] Anglers can fish for spring chinook salmon, fall chinook, coho salmon, coastal cutthroat trout, and steelhead.[6] Winter steelhead on this river average 10 to 14 pounds (4.5 to 6.4 kg), while summer steelhead of 4 to 7 pounds (1.8 to 3.2 kg) can sometimes appear "almost nose to tail throughout a 20-mile (32 km) section of the river".[6]

Bank access to the lower river is limited because much of the land is privately owned, but the stream, which is 50 to 100 feet (15 to 30 m) wide on the lower reaches, is often fished from boats. Cloverdale, Farmer Creek, Three Rivers, and Pacific City have public boat ramps, and there are less formal put-in places upriver. Upstream of Moon Creek, more than half of the land along the river is publicly owned, is managed by the Siuslaw National Forest and the BLM, and includes five campgrounds. The upper river between Moon Creek and Elk Creek is fished mainly for winter steelhead, and no fishing is allowed upstream of Elk Creek.[6]

An 8-mile (13 km) stretch of the upper river between Rocky Bend Campground and Blaine offers whitewater canoeing and kayaking possibilities when the flow is about 1,000 cubic feet per second (28 m3/s). The first 2 miles (3 km) of the run include a class 4 rapid followed by a class 5 and another class 4. An alternate put-in is available at a log bridge downstream of the second class 4. Below the bridge, class 2 and 3 whitewater continues for the remaining 6 miles (10 km) of the run.[7]

References edit

  1. ^ a b c "Nestucca River". Geographic Names Information System (GNIS). United States Geological Survey. November 28, 1980. Retrieved August 17, 2009.
  2. ^ McArthur, Lewis A.; McArthur, Lewis L. (2003). Oregon Geographic Names (seventh ed.). Portland, Oregon: Oregon Historical Society Press. pp. 582–83 and 698–99. ISBN 0-87595-277-1.
  3. ^ Source elevation derived from Google Earth search using GNIS source coordinates.
  4. ^ a b c Palmer, Tim (2014). Field Guide to Oregon Rivers. Corvallis: Oregon State University Press. pp. 89–91. ISBN 978-0-87071-627-0.
  5. ^ "Explore Designated Rivers". Retrieved January 8, 2022.
  6. ^ a b c d Sheehan, Madelynne Diness (2005). Fishing in Oregon. Scappoose, Oregon: Flying Pencil Publications. pp. 28–30. ISBN 0-916473-15-5.
  7. ^ Giordano, Pete (2004). Soggy Sneakers: A Paddler's Guide to Oregon's Rivers. Seattle, Washington: The Mountaineers Books. pp. 50–51. ISBN 978-0-89886-815-9.

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