The Clay Myers State Natural Area at Whalen Island is a remarkable place. A virtually untouched coastal estaurine ecosystem, it is bounded by the Sand Creek estuary. This is critically valuable habitat for adult salmon moving upstream to spawn and for smolt leaving the inland fresh waters for their marine journey. The area is a ecological potpourri, including mixed woodlands, grasslands, fresh and saltwater wetlands and a rare native dune sedgeland. Species run the gamut from salmon and steelhead to shorebirds to deer, otter, and even bear and cougar. Named after Clay Myers (Oregon Secretary of State 1967-77 and State Treasurer 1977-84), the site joined Oregon�s park system in 2000, thanks to a $2.8 million dollar partnership between the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD), Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, Federal Highway Administration, National Park Service, Tillamook County Board of Commissioners, and the Trust for Public Lands. For the first time, OPRD relied on the state lottery-backed Parks & Natural Resource Fund to pay for a major addition to the state park system. The site was purchased from sisters Kathleen Craft Shaw and Karen Derungs, who worked with the Trust for Public Lands to assure permanent protection of the area in honor of their mother, Lillian Parker Craft.

5 months ago

May 3, 2017
While hiking the Three Capes section of the Oregon Coast trail I had hoped to cross the mouth of Sand Lake at low tide. No way unless it is 2 ft minus tide. Instead I found a trail around the south side of the lake, which is a beautiful estuary. Whalen Island is peninsula in the lake. When I came to sandlake road, I turned north and walked 1/2 mile to Whalen Island. Could have been a great campsite. Osprey and Blue Herons abound. There is no OHV traffic on Whalen Island or along the the south side of Sand Lake

7 months ago

Nice family friendly hike! Enjoyed the scenery and lack of other people!

10 months ago

Surprisingly great - easy - hike. Nice view of Sandlake and native Oregon coast Forestlands. Take some snacks and picnic on the sand. Only downside is the sound of off-road vehicles at the nearby Sandlake sand dunes.

Saturday, October 08, 2016

Really great, short hike. Family friendly. Take some water. Great viewpoints of Sand Lake, and the ocean beyond that. Lots of foliage, some of it edible (we picked huckleberries).

Sunday, June 12, 2016

The foliage was pretty, but the hike was more like a walk. Too easy and the loop is confusing.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

This was a great trek for all ages. With beautiful scenery all around and the sound of the ocean in the background it was a peaceful and happy hike. The bonus...In the spring there are TONS of huge rhododendrons blooming through out the entire walk

Monday, May 19, 2014

great family trail , easy and out of the wind.
great for younger children.

nature trips
Saturday, May 03, 2014

Nice trail for kids. We walked through sand lake when the tide was out . Beach access was tricky. But tons of eagles and wildlife.

Monday, July 27, 2015