Salishan Spit, Lincoln City

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 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.

Most of the upland property on the Salishan Spit is private and owned by Salishan Leaseholders, Inc. The Salishan Coastal Lodge owns the golf course that weaves through the southern portion of the neighborhood. The beaches are public lands and visitors can gain access from Gleneden Beach State Recreation Site

Beachcombers 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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