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Rollin’ on the River

Some tubers were floating down the river this afternoon.  They, obviously, only get to visit for a few days at a time and don’t get to watch the river as much as we do.  We overheard him saying “there were more rapids the last time I was here.”  lol – If you don’t live on this part of the Alsea River you might not notice the tide’s effect on the level.  After all, who’d think the tide had any effect 12 miles up the river?  This photo is about mid-tide.

Kayakers
Kayakers

A big willow branch broke off, drifted downriver and snagged on this rock (below).  Now it is growing!  If you enlarge the above photo you can find the same willow branch to compare the tide level to the low tide below.

Willow branch growing
Willow branch growing

Green Heron are usually pretty shy but 2 of them have been working the river pretty steady for a week or so.

Green Heron on river rocks
Green Heron on river rocks

Here’s a closeup of the Green Heron.

green heron on alsea river
Green Heron is annoyed by photographer

C’mon!  I’m not close enough to annoy you!  That’s the look my family gives me when I want to take their photo AGAIN!  LOL

The last thing to roll up the river today was Sneaky Pete (I named him for his behavior):

Harbor Seal
Harbor Seal

At high tide, in the summer, the Alsea River can look so still it looks like a lake.  The seals don’t spend a lot of time up here and most of it is spent under the surface.  We could tell by the water movement that something big was wandering around under there; although it seemed to move very slowly.

harbor seal in alsea river at tideater
Sneaky Pete in Alsea River

Like a lot of wildlife, although large, they can be very stealthy when they want to be!  And when they are fishing, they are in stealth mode.

I wonder if I could talk Sneaky Pete into goosing a tuber?  🙂

All photos were taken a few miles downriver of Blackberry Campground.

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Waldport to Newport Oregon Coast

Took a trip to Newport for some Walmart shopping yesterday.  What a beautiful day it was!

Seal Pups - Alsea Bay
No new pups yet

I had to check in on the harbor seals in the Alsea Bay.  I don’t see any new pups yet.

Alsea Bay Harbor Seal Colony
Alsea Bay Harbor Seal Colony

I think they usually give birth closer to the water but I wondered why this adult separated from the rest of the colony?  I’ll have to check on her again.

Diving Cormorant from Alsea Bay Bridge
Diving Cormorant from Alsea Bay Bridge

The Alsea Bay is so clear and pretty!  Looks like the fishermen have some competition.

Alsea Bay Bridge from north wayside
Alsea Bay Bridge from north wayside

Don likes to slow down on the bridge and push me out so I can take pix.  But I convinced him I’d walk from the north wayside this time.

Beaver Creek Boat Launch
Hwy 101 bridge at Ona Beach from Beaver Creek boat launch

Beaver Creek is popular, with our Oregon Coast campers, for canoeing and kayaking.

Beaver Creek Boat Launch
Access to the Beaver Creek State Natural Area

Check out this beautiful area: http://www.oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=parkPage.dsp_parkPage&parkId=191

Port of Alsea – Waldport

Want to go crabbing on the central Oregon coast?

Alsea Bay is a great place to go.

Port of Alsea - Waldport
Take Broadway from hwy 34 to Port Street

The Port of Alsea office is next to the bicycle stand.

public docks - port of alsea
One for moorage and one for crabbing

Launch your boat or throw your crab pots off the dock.

Motorized Boat Launch
Motorized Boat Launch

There’s a motorized boat launch.

Port of Alsea
Port of Alsea

Pay for the boat launch at the boat launch.

Non-Motorized Boat Launch - Robinson Park
Non-Motorized Boat Launch – Robinson Park

Enjoy a picnic while watching the crabbers come in with their catch.

Or walk out to the beach with your shrimp guns.

Shrimping Equipment
Shrimping Equipment

Commercial shrimping is interesting to watch.

Dock of the Bay and Kayak Launch Float
Dock of the Bay and Kayak Launch Float

The Dock of the Bay (at the end of Port Street) will set you up for crabbing off the dock or on a boat.

They’ll even cook your catch so you can eat it fresh!

Check out the Kayak Rentals and summer guided tours at the Kayak Shack.

Salty Dawg Bar & Grill
Salty Dawg Bar & Grill

Or take the spectator’s route and watch the crabbers from the Salty Dawg while eating fish ‘n chips!