A beautiful section of the Oregon North Coast’s longest river, the Nehalem, is a candidate to be designated as a State Scenic Waterway. The designation would help protect the many values that the Nehalem provides to Oregonians: hiking, fishing, kayaking, rafting, and camping, all of which are critical to our lifestyle and local jobs. Tillamook County has recently made a big push to further tourism. A protected Nehalem would certainly help that economy.
As if that weren’t enough, the river’s unique ecological values warrant recognition. Native fish species include coastal cutthroat trout, coho salmon, chinook salmon, pacific lamprey, and steelhead. The 17 mile section under consideration (from Spruce Run Campground to Nehalem Falls) contains rushing waterfalls and beautiful old stands of Sitka Spruce. See a map of the area here.
Currently, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department are reviewing the public comments that were collected to decide whether or not to recommend this part of the Nehalem as a scenic waterway. Stay tuned for updates on the potential designation of the Nehalem River as a State Scenic Waterway.