Salishan Spit, Lincoln City

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Salishan Spit, Lincoln City

by | Jan 7, 2020

Salishan Spit separates the Pacific Ocean from Siletz Bay and is located 2.5 miles (4 km) south of Lincoln City and 3 miles (4.8 km) north of Gleneden Beach, Oregon. The spit is privately owned and most of it is currently the property of the Salishan Spa and Golf Resort. Visitors can walk the beach from the Gleneden Beach State Recreation Site. The name is from the native Salishan languages of the Pacific Northwest.

Siletz Bay is a large estuary located at the mouth of the Siletz River. Like many areas along the Oregon Coast, the estuary wetlands were diked and drained by early settlers to make cattle pasture. A large-scale reclamation program began in the early 1990s to remove the levees and tide gates, and restore the bay and estuary to its natural state. The establishment of the Siletz Bay National Wildlife Refuge was part of this process and now encompasses over 100 acres (40.5 ha) of tidal marshes in Siletz Bay.

Beach combers occasionally find glass floats on Salishan Spit and other Oregon beaches. These were originally used by the Japanese fishing fleets, and are still used by fishermen in many parts of the world to keep their fishing nets, as well as longlines or droplines afloat. Read more here and here. Explore more of Salishan Spit here:

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