Tips, tools, and special treats on tap this summer

With the warm weather we’ve been having and summer adventure season kicking off this weekend, we’re not the only ones thinking about getting outside and enjoying all the national forest has to offer. In order to have the best experience, visitors should be aware of the following tools available to help plan their trips, and plan to join us for any of the events and opportunities scheduled through June and beyond.

Know before you go: Between March 15 and September 15 we’re sharing some beaches with nesting western snowy plover, a threatened shorebird that is easily disturbed by people and pets. The wet, packed sand on all beaches is open to walking, but if you want to throw a Frisbee, ride your fat tire bike, or bring Fido, find out where your best options are before heading out the door.

Recreation in your back pocket: For up-to-date recreation information that fits on your iPhone or iPad (Android coming soon), download the new free Forest Service recreation app that provides maps, important alerts, and information about your favorite trails and campgrounds.

Susan makes us proud: We were thrilled to learn recently that our very own Susan Fox, Cape Perpetua Volunteer Coordinator, was recognized by the US Forest Service for the 2017 National Volunteer and Service Award for her outstanding efforts managing a very busy volunteer program. Want to see what the buzz is about? Sign up to volunteer for Susan at Cape Perpetua or at locations around the forest as a campground host, interpreter, visitor center assistant, trail worker, or maintenance assistant by contacting any of our offices.

Get out your calendars: There’s lots to do up and down the coast. From Hebo Lake to the Oregon dunes there’s a lot on tap through June (and stay tuned for more events to be added as the summer progresses).

Sunday, May 27: “Alsea tribal life at Cape Perpetua prior to European contact” presentation at the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center; 1pm.

Mondays beginning May 28: “Walk with a Ranger” series invites visitors on guided approx. hour-long hikes on easy to moderate trails starting from the visitor center. Learn secrets of the cape and local flora and fauna from a retired chief park ranger; through summer; 12pm.

Saturday and Sunday, June 2 - 3: Lots to choose from this weekend!

  • Get out your fishing gear or borrow ours and learn to fish at free fishing events at Hebo Lake (6/2) and Lake Marie (6/3);
  • Help remove invasive species (6/2) to restore the Oregon dunes with other volunteers in Florence;
  • or help us celebrate National Trails Day with the Yachats Trails Committee as they tend to special trails around Cape Perpetua.

Friday, June 8: Join rangers at the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center to celebrate World Oceans Day with a presentation and guided beach excursion; 10am.

Saturday, June 9: Another opportunity to try your hand at fishing (no gear or experience needed) at our free family fishing day at Cleawox Lake; 9am (call 541-997-3851 for details).

Weekends beginning June 9: Each Saturday and Sunday through summer join us for ranger programs and guided hikes at Cape Perpetua and the Oregon Dunes; 11am, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm (call visitor center for details).

Fridays and Saturdays beginning June 15: Going camping with the family? Kids will be excited about Junior Ranger evening programs being offered at various campgrounds along the Central Coast (call visitor center for times and locations; throughout summer).

Saturday, June 16: Celebrate migratory birds and explore the ocean with rangers on birding walks, tidepool programs, and other guided activities starting at the visitor center; 10am.

Saturdays beginning June 23: Join rangers most evenings for campfire programs at Honeyman State Park. Learn about a variety of topics related to the Oregon dunes and the wildlife that live there. 

Saturday and Sunday, June 23 – 24: Another busy weekend!

  • Learn all about local trails and pick your next hike with “Trails Locals Love” presented by Forest Service and local trails experts at Siuslaw Public Library; 1pm (6/23);
  • Or come to the visitor center to try your hand at soundmapping, the art of recording the sounds of nature, with digital natural sound artist Shane Davis; 10am (6/23);
  • On Sunday, “Walk Among Giants” on a self-guided old-growth forest hike where naturalists will be stationed to share secrets of this magical place; 1pm.

All events are free and open to the public, but a Northwest Forest Pass, Oregon Coast Passport, Federal Recreation Pass or $5 day-use fee is required within the Cape Perpetua Scenic Area and at many Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area recreation sites. For more information on any of these events, contact the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center at 541-547-3289. For information related to passes and permits, visit our website or call any office.