Beaver Creek State Natural Area is an area rich in wildlife just a few miles from the Pacific Ocean, and paddling Beaver Creek is one of the best ways to see what the area has to offer. From the Ona Beach boat launch on the east side of Highway 101, the creek meanders through wide and flat bends. Heron, osprey, river otter, and beaver sightings are numerous for the quiet paddler. Smaller side channels show the tracks of birds and small animals. Red-winged blackbirds and finches fill the air with song. Cutthroat trout as well as an occasional salmon can be seen or even caught here with a valid fishing license.
As you paddle upstream, the creek narrows and the brush closes in, and if you paddle far enough, you may have to duck under a barbed wire fence to continue upstream.
Due to the slow current, this creek can be paddled in either direction without need of a shuttle. Continuing downstream will lead to the Pacific Ocean, while heading upstream will lead to a wildlife-filled riparian habitat. The flat water makes for a family-friendly adventure, allowing kids to view wildlife close-up. Be forewarned that winds can pick up in the afternoon, making the return trip downstream a bit more challenging.
So let OCKC introduce you to this magical and tranquil paradise. “Where the creek meets the sea!”
Spring, Summer, Fall
Wildlife viewing. Calm water. Easy access. Family friendly.
Can be windy on return paddle.
Fishing, Picnic tables, Bird watching, Wildlife, Restrooms