|The Siuslaw National Forest is a very diverse and productive region extending from Tillamook to Coos Bay along the Oregon coast. The forest encompasses over 630,000 acres of unique and varying ecosystems.The Forest is situated within the Oregon Coast Range, a mountain range that runs north to south from the Columbia River to north central California. The Siuslaw National Forest is bordered on the east by the Willamette Valley and the west by the Pacific Ocean and is one of only two national forests located in the lower 48 states to claim oceanfront property. Marys Peak, the highest peak in the Coast Range at elevation 4,097, is a prominent view west of Corvallis.Pacific Coast Scenic Byway Highway 101 runs parallel along the west side of the Forest and the Pacific Ocean, while Highways 26, 6, 18, 22, 20, 34, 126 and 38 provide access from the Portland metro area and central and southern Willamette Valley.Four major rivers flow out of the Siuslaw National Forest into the Pacific Ocean: the Nestucca, Alsea, Siuslaw, and Umpqua providing excellent habitat for anadromous fish. Many other smaller streams and tributaries add to the annual route salmon and steelhead take to their ancestral spawning ground.Abundant rainfall and mild winters provide growing conditions for a variety of vegetation species. The Siuslaw's temperate rain forest, coastal influence, ocean-forest interface, relatively young Douglas-fir forest, and cultural history make it unique among all other national forests.The Siuslaw has two distinct vegetation zones, Sitka spruce and western hemlock. The hardy Sitka spruce zone grows where the coast influence of mild temperatures, winds, and dense fog discourage other types of vegetation. Western hemlock grows well in shade beneath the dense Douglas-fire canopy. As Douglas fir matures, western hemlock takes over. Both zones contain freshwater, upland, offshore, and estuarine habitats that support a wide variety of vegetation, fish, and wildlife.The climate of the Siuslaw National Forest is best described as a Pacific maritime with recorded rainfall of up to100 inches per year in some parts of the Forest. Temperatures are moderate, averaging in the 30's to 40's during the winter with a very occasional snowfall. Summers are warm and dry, with cooler temperatures along the coast, warming up towards inland. A typical summer day at the Oregon Coast ranges in the 60's with fog as a very common occurrence.Stretching from the lush forests of the coastal mountains to the unique Oregon Dunes and on into the beaches of the Pacific Ocean, visitors have a wide variety of recreational opportunities to choose from. One can find activities to suit every taste, from hiking up to mountain views to beach combing, from whale watching to exploring the forest or dunes, the Siuslaw National Forest offers something for everyone.The Siuslaw National Forest has close to 40 developed campgrounds. Campsites generally include a table, a fire grate, and a tent or trailer space. Electric hookups are not available, although most campgrounds have water and a vault or flush toilets.The Siuslaw National Forest has about 230 miles of trails. Many of the trails are low-elevation, easy-access trails located in a moderate climate for year-round hiking. These trails offer a chance to explore a variety of settings, from coastal forests to sand dunes. The Forest offers trails for hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, and off road vehicles. Some trail are can even be accessed in a wheelchair.Recreational fishing opportunities abound on the Siuslaw National Forest. Rivers, streams, lakes and the Pacific Ocean provide anglers the chance to catch salmon, steelhead, and trout, as well as a variety of warm water species. Estuaries and off-shore species including salmon, crab, mussels, and a vast array of rock fish are also available.The Siuslaw National Forest is home to two popular Off-Highway Vehicle Riding areas: Sand Lake Recreation Area and the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area. Some campgrounds are especially designed for Off Highway Vehicle use. Dispersed Sand Camping is also allowed in some OHV riding areas.|
|Facilities: Siuslaw National Forest provides close to 40 developed campgrounds. Campsites generally include a table, a fire grate, and a tent or trailer space. Electric hookups are not available, although most campgrounds have water and a vault or flush toilets.|
Best Time To Visit: Siuslaw National Forest is open year round.
Fees: Parking, camping, and/or entrance fees may be charged at some of the recreation sites within Siuslaw National Forest.
Accessibility: Several of the campgrounds within the forest provide access for the physically challenged. Some trail in the Forest can be accessed by wheelchairs.
Rules: Check the local fishing, hunting, and fire regulations. Do not leave campfires unattended. Pets must always be restrained or on a leash while in developed recreation sites. Alcohol is prohibited in OHV areas.
Directions: The Siuslaw National Forest is located along the central Oregon Coast and extends into the Coast Range Mountains. The forest encompasses over 630,000 acres of unique and varying ecosystems. The Forest is bordered on the east by the Willamette Valley and the west by the Pacific Ocean and is one of only two national forests located in the lower 48 states to claim oceanfront property.
Map: Click here for a map to Siuslaw National Forest
Reservations: Reservations are not needed or accepted to visit the Siuslaw National Forest. Reservations may be accepted or required for campgrounds and other recreation sites within the forest.
|Siuslaw National Forest|
|4077 S.W. Research Way|
|P.O. Box 1148|
|Corvallis, Oregon 97339|
|General: (541) 750-7000|
|Fax: (541) 750-7234|
|TTY: (541) 750-7006|