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Nestucca River at Elk Bend Recreation Site - map

Nearest town is Beaver, OR

The Nestucca River runs from its headwaters in the Northern Oregon Coast Range to Nestucca Bay before entering the Pacific Ocean. The McGuire Reservoir, near the river's headwaters, provides drinking water for the city of McMinnville. The Nestucca River offers dozens of campsites and fishing areas along its 50 mile run.

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About this State Scenic Waterway

The Nestucca River is a designated State Scenic Waterway between McGuire Dam and Blaine (27 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 Bridget Tinsley, State Scenic Waterways Program, 541-388-6236


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