Beaver Creek State Natural Area Via Kayak is a 2.3 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Seal Rock, Oregon that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October.
Take a quiet paddle through "beaver country" in one of Oregon's newest state parks. Bring your canoe or kayak to Beaver Creek for a intimate view of an Oregon coastal stream. Put in at the Ona Beach launch, on the east side of HW101. Over the next two miles, the creek meanders up the Beaver Creek valley with views of the surrounding Sitka spruce and alder forested hills. There are plenty of beaver, river otter, muskrat and nutria, along with tons of waterfowl. If you're lucky, you may see elk or black-tailed deer as well.
We completed this kayak adventure several times while living in the Portland / McMinnville area of OR because it was one of our favorite paddles. The river starts at the ocean where you can play in the bay before venturing up river (mindful of the tides). There is a wetland area where a sojourn through grasses and cattails is great fun but careful on watching the route in as it is easy to lose your sense of direction back to the main river. The river has lots of wildlife including otters, bald eagles and osprey. There are wide areas of the river that can get quite rough with the combination of the tide and wind but this just adds to the fun. As you continue the river narrows but stays deep with steep banks so there is no problem of bottoming out. One spot requires a “limbo” under a pole used as a walkway over the river. Travelling through farmer’s field you encounter cows watering on the bank. Just keep “moooving” as not to disturb their relaxation. Overall, this is a fantastic kayak trip for a full day of paddling. Enjoy!