Beaver Creek, Ona Beach

Beaver Creek, Ona Beach

by | Sep 17, 2019

Ona Beach is at the mouth of Beaver Creek, about 9 miles (14.5 km) south of Newport, 2 miles (3.2 km) north of Seal Rock and 7 miles (11.3 km) north of Waldport, Oregon. Ona Beach is named after the Chinook word for razor clams. In 2013, Beaver Creek and Ona Beach were made part of Brian Booth State Park to honor the first Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission chairperson.

Beaver Creek State Natural Area opened to the public on October 1, 2010. Natural Areas like Beaver Creek are part of a worldwide program to set aside areas within existing parks that have unique scenic, geologic, or ecological value and will be maintained in a natural condition by allowing physical and biological processes to operate usually without direct human intervention. These areas are set aside to provide locations for scientific observation of natural systems, protect examples of typical and unique plant and animal communities, and protect outstanding examples of natural interest and beauty. These areas are specifically reserved from development and may include trails and signs to educate and guide visitors.

The land for Ona Beach State Park was purchased between 1938 and 1968 from private owners, and includes one gift of 10 acres from Lincoln County made in 1963. Before the Coast Highway was established in 1926, the beach between Newport and Seal Rock was used as an access road. Motorists would travel at low tide, following the mail carrier who knew the best way to cross Beaver Creek. Today, Ona Beach is well known for long walks, fossils, and agates. Read more here and here. Explore more of Beaver Creek and Ona Beach here:

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