Nehalem River at Henry Rierson Spruce Run Campground - map
Nearest town is Seaside, OR
The Nehalem River runs from its headwaters in the Tillamook State Forest to Nehalem Bay before entering the Pacific Ocean. The river offers old native forests, stunning trails, scenic waterfalls, and fish and wildlife habitat. The Nehalem is the largest “wild fish only” river on the Oregon Coast and is home to an unusually rich diversity of salmonids: three races of Chinook, some of the last chum on the coast, cutthroat trout, coho, and a race of extra large winter-run steelhead. Older forests along this stretch are also important habitat for endangered marbled murrelets, which nest on the limbs of big, old trees.
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About this State Scenic Waterway
The Nehalem River is a designated State Scenic Waterway between Henry Rierson Spruce Run Campground and its confluence with Cook Creek (17.5 miles).
Oregon's diversity of river systems contributes richly to our quality of life. Oregonians decided to protect special waterways in 1970 when they voted two-to-one to establish the Oregon Scenic Waterways Program. The program seeks to balance protection and use through cooperation between federal, state, and local agencies as well as individual property owners and those who recreate along a waterway. The program goals include:
- Protect the free-flowing character of designated rivers;
- Protect and enhance scenic and natural values, recreation, and fish and wildlife
- Protect private property rights;
- Encourage other agencies to act consistently with the goals of scenic waterways
This river stretch was nominated by Celeste Lebo, State Scenic Waterways Program, 541-272-9008