Sitka Sedge State Natural Area

Major Features & Activities

  • Blue Indicates that some, but not all, facilities are accessible according to Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards
Major Features & Activities:
  • Hiking Trails (ADA)
  • Picnicking (ADA)
  • Beach Access
  • Open Year Round (ADA)
  • Wildlife (ADA)

Work is underway for 2018 opening

Fall is always a great time at the Oregon Coast and we're making the most of the great weather and preparing for the park opening in mid-2018. We'll add updates in the coming months, but here's what we're working on now.

  • Fall 2017
    • Create a new trail loop near the estuary, improve existing trails and viewing areas.
    • Plant trees and shrubs on the north boundary of the proposed day-use access area.
    • Build a park host site. 
  • Spring 2018
    • Day-use access construction, including building the parking area and installing the vault toilet, when weather conditions allow.
    • Install the park entry sign and day-use area sign kiosk, and add wayfinding along trails.

Sitka Sedge State Natural Area is all about the views--of open water, tidal flats, saltwater marshes and forested wetlands of Sand Lake estuary; of the estuary animals, birds and plants; and for those willing to hike, beach views stretching from Haystack Rock to the south and north to Cape Lookout. The park's name comes from a beautiful native grass-like plant found in pockets throughout the property. Sitka Sedge (Carex aquatilis v. dives) reflects several of the unique characteristics of this new park. Graceful. Ecologically important. Natural. 

When the park opens, hike the 3.5 miles of trail, including the 1/2-mile-long Beltz Dike path leading from the parking area west through the estuary to loop trails in the coniferous forested dunes, or continue through the dunes to the beach.