Anyone who lives on the coast or who has
traveled to the coast of Oregon has most likely
driven through Reedsport and seen all of the
great water there.
I am aware of three paddles in the area.
I'm sure that there are more...and there
certainly are more upriver. One of these
days I am going to try to paddle in the Elk
Viewing area. If I'm able I'll post
An Out and Back. Put-in in at Winchester
Bay boat harbor and paddle upriver and return to
Winchester Bay boat harbor. This is a nice
paddle...the sound of the ocean roaring over the
spit...clean air...lots of open spaces. Be
aware of the tides and the wind. Optimum
would be to paddle upriver on an incoming tide,
and back downriver on an outgoing tide.
Paddling when there is no wind would be
convenient. I highly recommend this
An Out and Back. I've not done this yet.
Have driven the banks of the lower Smith several
times and would like to paddle one day.
Again, timing with the tides would be useful.
And Out and Back Trip. This is a pleasant
trip with lots of variety. The put-in is
about 3 miles east of Reedsport. The
launch ramp is Mother Nature. Just be
patient and use common sense. You'll be
able to launch without incident.
Paddle through the marshes, then into the
open slough, then out into the Umpqua for a bit
to the take-out at the Discovery Center.
When in the slough wind is not a significant
factor. Be aware of the tides, attempt to
launch on a high tide so that you can follow the