Siuslaw National Forest

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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.

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.

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A reminder that the UTV Takeover, a special permitted event, will begin today and take place June 23 – 27. Some recreati...
06/23/2021

A reminder that the UTV Takeover, a special permitted event, will begin today and take place June 23 – 27. Some recreation sites may be congested and a few will be reserved for event-goers and organizers. Contact event organizers for details and please plan accordingly.

The access points at Horsfall Campground, Old Bark Road OHV Staging Area, and Hauser Access Point will be closed to entry without the purchase of an event wristband.

Other nearby sites that remain accessible outside of the event area include Bluebill campground and trailhead, Horsfall Beach Day Use, and Wild Mare campground.

For more information on where to ride call the Oregon Dunes Visitor Center at 541-271-6000.

A reminder that the UTV Takeover, a special permitted event, will begin today and take place June 23 – 27. Some recreation sites may be congested and a few will be reserved for event-goers and organizers. Contact event organizers for details and please plan accordingly.

The access points at Horsfall Campground, Old Bark Road OHV Staging Area, and Hauser Access Point will be closed to entry without the purchase of an event wristband.

Other nearby sites that remain accessible outside of the event area include Bluebill campground and trailhead, Horsfall Beach Day Use, and Wild Mare campground.

For more information on where to ride call the Oregon Dunes Visitor Center at 541-271-6000.

06/22/2021

Here's a refreshing moment of Zen to celebrate #WorldRainforestDay in our favorite temperate rainforest on the Oregon Coast. Ahhh...

Heads up if you’re headed to the Oregon Dunes South Riding Area this week – the UTV Takeover, a special permitted event,...
06/21/2021

Heads up if you’re headed to the Oregon Dunes South Riding Area this week – the UTV Takeover, a special permitted event, will take place June 23 – 27 and means some recreation sites may be congested and a few will be reserved for event-goers and organizers. Contact event organizers for details and please plan accordingly.

The access points at Horsfall Campground, Old Bark Road OHV Staging Area, and Hauser Access Point will be closed to entry without the purchase of an event wristband.

Other nearby sites that remain accessible outside of the event area include Bluebill Campground and trailhead, Wild Mare Campground, Bull Run Staging Area, and any areas north of Hauser.

For more information on where to ride call the Oregon Dunes Visitor Center at 541-271-6000.

*Edit: A previous version of this post said that Horsfall Beach Day Use would be in the event area. It is not and will remain accessible without an event wristband.

Heads up if you’re headed to the Oregon Dunes South Riding Area this week – the UTV Takeover, a special permitted event, will take place June 23 – 27 and means some recreation sites may be congested and a few will be reserved for event-goers and organizers. Contact event organizers for details and please plan accordingly.

The access points at Horsfall Campground, Old Bark Road OHV Staging Area, and Hauser Access Point will be closed to entry without the purchase of an event wristband.

Other nearby sites that remain accessible outside of the event area include Bluebill Campground and trailhead, Wild Mare Campground, Bull Run Staging Area, and any areas north of Hauser.

For more information on where to ride call the Oregon Dunes Visitor Center at 541-271-6000.

*Edit: A previous version of this post said that Horsfall Beach Day Use would be in the event area. It is not and will remain accessible without an event wristband.

Offices on the Siuslaw National Forest will be closed on June 18, 2021 in honor of Juneteenth. "This Juneteenth I’m goin...
06/17/2021

Offices on the Siuslaw National Forest will be closed on June 18, 2021 in honor of Juneteenth.

"This Juneteenth I’m going to reflect on the resolve and resilience of the 250,000 people in Texas freed from slavery that June 19th in 1865. I’m also going to think about what freedom means to me through the lens of people who have been tested in the quest for meaningful change and equality, and from those who have fought for every person’s right to be treated with respect and dignity and to be able to live without fear, violence, and discrimination. "

Glenn Casamassa, Pacific Northwest Regional Forester

Juneteenth, Freedom Day or Jubilee Day: No matter what you call it, today marks the day in June 1865 when Major General Gordon Granger and a unit of Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas, to announce that all enslaved people were free

This year, our partner Outdoor Afro is asking everyone to spend 2.5 hours outdoors to reflect on what it means to be free in America and share their thoughts using: #JuneteenthWithOutdoorAfro

Saturday, June 12 is National Get Outdoors Day! Looking for a fun way to get outdoors this weekend? Check out this scave...
06/11/2021

Saturday, June 12 is National Get Outdoors Day! Looking for a fun way to get outdoors this weekend? Check out this scavenger hunt as an opportunity for you and your family to explore and enjoy nature! Day-use fees at recreation sites will be waived on Get Outdoors Day in honor of the celebration. So please get outside and enjoy all our forest has to offer! ¡Tú y tu familia pueden participar en español también!

Check out these fishing tips and tricks from our Fisheries Biologist Chris and his buddy Badger. 🎣
06/10/2021

Check out these fishing tips and tricks from our Fisheries Biologist Chris and his buddy Badger. 🎣

Do you know how to catch cutthroat trout?

Often the top predator in rivers and streams, the coastal cutthroat’s eagerness to bite and its acrobatic displays when hooked make it a highly sought-after catch.

Practice safe fish handling by keeping the fish in the water as much as possible while you remove the hook and release the fish. If the fish is removed from the water, keep time brief and ensure your hands are wet to protect the fish’s slime coat from damage.

https://www.fs.usda.gov/features/fisheries-biologist-offers-tips #NationalFishingAndBoatingWeek

📷 Chris Mayes poses with his best friend, Badger, and two sea-run cutthroat trout caught while on a fishing the tidewaters of a Siuslaw National Forest river last July.

The information window located at the Devils Churn Day Use Site will be closed on Thursday June 10, 2021 for a volunteer...
06/08/2021

The information window located at the Devils Churn Day Use Site will be closed on Thursday June 10, 2021 for a volunteer training event. Normal operation hours will resume again at 10am on Friday June 11, 2021.

While we are still here, a huge shoot out to all of our Cape Perpetua volunteers! Whether it is Mary and Carol at the information window or any of the others behind the scenes, we couldn't do it without you.

The information window located at the Devils Churn Day Use Site will be closed on Thursday June 10, 2021 for a volunteer training event. Normal operation hours will resume again at 10am on Friday June 11, 2021.

While we are still here, a huge shoot out to all of our Cape Perpetua volunteers! Whether it is Mary and Carol at the information window or any of the others behind the scenes, we couldn't do it without you.

Sutton Lake Boat Ramp will be temporarily closed starting June 7, 2021 to motorized watercraft and trailers while Siusla...
06/07/2021

Sutton Lake Boat Ramp will be temporarily closed starting June 7, 2021 to motorized watercraft and trailers while Siuslaw National Forest officials and partners work on short-term and long-term repair plans.

For more information, visit https://go.usa.gov/x6ZE9.

Sutton Lake Boat Ramp will be temporarily closed starting June 7, 2021 to motorized watercraft and trailers while Siuslaw National Forest officials and partners work on short-term and long-term repair plans.

For more information, visit https://go.usa.gov/x6ZE9.

A draft decision and Final Environmental Assessment has been released for the Sand Lake Restoration Project. The project...
06/01/2021

A draft decision and Final Environmental Assessment has been released for the Sand Lake Restoration Project. The project includes a range of activities to improve the quality and diversity of important habitats in the area. Read more about the project at https://go.usa.gov/x6gS9.

[Image: A forest service employee inspects a culvert. Installing appropriately sized culverts can improve aquatic habitat and promote stream health. ]

A draft decision and Final Environmental Assessment has been released for the Sand Lake Restoration Project. The project includes a range of activities to improve the quality and diversity of important habitats in the area. Read more about the project at https://go.usa.gov/x6gS9.

[Image: A forest service employee inspects a culvert. Installing appropriately sized culverts can improve aquatic habitat and promote stream health. ]

05/28/2021
Regional Wildlife Biologist

Meet Anne. Anne is the Regional Threatened and Endangered Species Wildlife Biologist and is currently the acting Regional Wildlife Ecologist. With the Siuslaw National Forest's extremely diverse and unique landscapes, we get a lot of help from Anne whether it’s for an Oregon silverspot butterfly survey, a marten habitat evaluation, or a report on the ecosystem services of pollinators. She also works on fire recovery teams and is a member of the Forest Service Asian Pacific American Employee Association. Read more about Anne’s story as she recounts her experience in her own words.

I joined the U.S. Forest Service in 1997 while pursuing an advanced degree in Wildlife Biology. Growing up, I was fortunate enough to have parents who took us to national parks to be outside and hike and see nature. They also took us to places like the San Diego Zoo and the Monterey Bay Aquarium which started my love of wild animals and being around them. I didn’t have my eyes set on working for the Forest Service. I just wanted to be outside and with animals, and somehow it all came together.

In the early 2000s, while working for the U.S. Forest Service - San Bernardino National Forest, I helped start the first captive breeding program for a highly endangered frog at the San Diego Zoo. I represented the Agency at meetings and helped developed what would become the critical habitat and recovery plan for the species. We started with tadpoles rescued from drought conditions and those became the founders of the population we were able to reintroduce. My direct actions kept this endangered species from disappearing in perpetuity. It may seem like a small action, but that action resulted in real wildlife conservation.

The biggest challenges I’ve had to face, in my career and outside of it, are the unconscious biases that some people have towards women and diverse individuals. Questions from “do you only eat with chopsticks” to “are you a US citizen” and “where do you come from”. These types of uneducated or unaware questions really do have an effect on a person emotionally, and I have had to become really aware of my own mental resiliency.

If I had any words of advice for my younger self, they would be - be brave, curious, and never give up. There will be times that you will be frustrated about the slow turning of government and these times will pass. Always be brave to advocate for yourself. Always be curious about the norms and challenge them if your gut is telling you that they are wrong. And never give up on your dreams. They are yours and yours alone to fulfill.”

The Forest Service Asian Pacific American Employee Association (APAEA) is a place where people can connect to learn more about Asian Americans in the agency and how we can be more inclusive in everything we do. https://sites.google.com/site/usdafsapaea/
#AsianAmericanPacificIslanderMonth

On Tuesday June 1, 2021, parking and portions of trails (Trail of the Restless Waters and Cape Cove Trail) at the Devils...
05/28/2021

On Tuesday June 1, 2021, parking and portions of trails (Trail of the Restless Waters and Cape Cove Trail) at the Devils Churn Day Use Area will be closed for one day of repairs. Work is expected to finish by Tuesday evening.

Visitors are welcome to use the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center parking lot and other area trails, while the visitor center and day use area is closed. Passes can be purchased online at https://www.discovernw.org/.

Go to https://go.usa.gov/x6ata for more information.

On Tuesday June 1, 2021, parking and portions of trails (Trail of the Restless Waters and Cape Cove Trail) at the Devils Churn Day Use Area will be closed for one day of repairs. Work is expected to finish by Tuesday evening.

Visitors are welcome to use the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center parking lot and other area trails, while the visitor center and day use area is closed. Passes can be purchased online at https://www.discovernw.org/.

Go to https://go.usa.gov/x6ata for more information.

The Siuslaw National Forest is seeking public input on potential changes to decibel (noise) limits for motorized vehicle...
05/25/2021

The Siuslaw National Forest is seeking public input on potential changes to decibel (noise) limits for motorized vehicles at the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area. More information about the proposal and ways to comment can be found at https://go.usa.gov/x6c9V

The Siuslaw National Forest is seeking public input on potential changes to decibel (noise) limits for motorized vehicles at the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area. More information about the proposal and ways to comment can be found at https://go.usa.gov/x6c9V

The information window at the Devil's Churn day use area is now open 7 days a week from 10am - 4pm. Visitors can purchas...
05/24/2021

The information window at the Devil's Churn day use area is now open 7 days a week from 10am - 4pm.

Visitors can purchase passes, maps, books, and other items from our partners Discover Your Northwest.

The information window at Devils Churn is open for business! Stop by and say hi to our great volunteers from a safe distance.

The Devils Churn window is open from Thursday through Sunday from 10am – 4pm. Merchandise and passes, from our partners Discover Your Northwest, are available for purchase with debit/credit card only. Visitors can use the self service fee station for cash day pass purchases.

Today is #EndangeredSpeciesDay. Can you name any of these  threatened and endangered species found on the Siuslaw Nation...
05/21/2021

Today is #EndangeredSpeciesDay. Can you name any of these threatened and endangered species found on the Siuslaw National Forest?

⚠ Road Construction ⚠The Hall Lake area, off of Highway 101, will be inaccessible May 24 -26 due to road maintenance. Cr...
05/21/2021

⚠ Road Construction ⚠
The Hall Lake area, off of Highway 101, will be inaccessible May 24 -26 due to road maintenance.

Crews will be rocking and grading the road to the lake. For alternative hiking opportunities during this road closure, people can visit the John Dellenback Dunes trail system, which is located a few miles south of Hall Lake.

https://go.usa.gov/xHSKz

⚠ Road Construction ⚠
The Hall Lake area, off of Highway 101, will be inaccessible May 24 -26 due to road maintenance.

Crews will be rocking and grading the road to the lake. For alternative hiking opportunities during this road closure, people can visit the John Dellenback Dunes trail system, which is located a few miles south of Hall Lake.

https://go.usa.gov/xHSKz

Is it a snake about to strike or a pitcher plant just starting to bloom? 🐍Darlingtonia californica, also called a cobra ...
05/21/2021

Is it a snake about to strike or a pitcher plant just starting to bloom? 🐍

Darlingtonia californica, also called a cobra lily, is a rare, strangely-shaped plant and the only member of the pitcher plant family (Sarraceniaceae) found in Oregon. It can be seen on the Siuslaw National Forest along the Darlingtonia Trail at Sutton Campground, or at the Neighboring Darlingtonia Natural site. #DidYouKnow

05/20/2021

In honor of #AsianAmericanPacificIslanderHeritageMonth, we recognize the outdoor leadership and skill of the Chinese American transcontinental railroad workers whose stories were once erased from our history. The incalculable efforts of the 15,000 - 50,000 workers to complete the transcontinental railroad changed everything about the American west, including the integration of international markets and travel.

https://go.usa.gov/xHJpF

And a special thanks to 1882 Foundation.

In honor of #AsianAmericanPacificIslanderHeritageMonth, join us as we reflect upon the contributions and rich history of...
05/13/2021

In honor of #AsianAmericanPacificIslanderHeritageMonth, join us as we reflect upon the contributions and rich history of Asian American and Pacific Islanders, whose influence and stories are an essential part of our past, present, and future.

⚠ Road Maintenance ⚠An alternate route will be required to access Horse Creek Camp from Highway 101. Forest Road 58, als...
04/30/2021

⚠ Road Maintenance ⚠

An alternate route will be required to access Horse Creek Camp from Highway 101. Forest Road 58, also known as Herman Cape Road, will be blocked for road maintenance during the first two weeks of May. Please use Forest Road 5800-789, towards Dry Lake Horse Camp, for access to Horse Creek Camp.

https://go.usa.gov/xHmTk

⚠ Road Maintenance ⚠

An alternate route will be required to access Horse Creek Camp from Highway 101. Forest Road 58, also known as Herman Cape Road, will be blocked for road maintenance during the first two weeks of May. Please use Forest Road 5800-789, towards Dry Lake Horse Camp, for access to Horse Creek Camp.

https://go.usa.gov/xHmTk

"The Earth is what we all have in common" Wendell Berry#HappyEarthDay today and everyday 🌎https://vimeo.com/539893217
04/22/2021
Earth Day with Woodsy Owl

"The Earth is what we all have in common"
Wendell Berry

#HappyEarthDay today and everyday 🌎

https://vimeo.com/539893217

Celebrate Earth Day by doing our part to protect our beautiful natural lands. Be sure to follow these five guidelines: 1. Pack it in, pack it out, 2. Keep our waterways…

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Question: The Siuslaw Nation Forest doesn't seem to have any of those big "Welcome to Siuslaw Nation Forest"/ "You are leaving Siuslaw Nation Forest" signs like all the other national forests in the state have. Why is that? Or am I wrong? I have been taking pictures next to the other ones in the state and I can't seem to find one for Siuslaw.
Why is the gate still up at Bob Creek? This was reported in June 2020 and yet the gate is still there, just north of the bridge at mile post 170.
I had no luck calling, so I'll try FB. I hope to hike Marys Peak from Connors Camp on Tuesday. I know that we must stick to the road for the final push to the top. My question: is the trailhead open for the East Trail? Thanks!
no info on website, any idea when some trails might re-open after the rain friday?
Any update on when Siuslaw National Forest campgrounds might be opening?
When will Oregon Dunes Loop Trail #1334 be open for day use?
Just wondering if florence dunes are open yet
How about boat ramps?
When are you going to open boat ramps between Florence and Coos Bay?
Open our dunes if they can golf go to wine tasting rooms and eat in restaurants we should be able to ride. Open our dunes
Why do you still have these closure signs and rope up. They are like trash to me and you are scaring people.