How fitting that Oregon's newest state park opened June 2, State Parks Day. Sitka Sedge State Natural Area on the north coast is just south of Clay Meyers State Natural Area at Whalen Island. The 375-acre park features a day-use area, hiking trails and six wildlife viewing areas that overlook the Sand Lake Estuary, forested dunes and ocean.
Three miles of trails run through the Sand Lake Estuary, and two loop trails—Estuary Views and Kinnikinnik Woods—traverse the forested dunes. Two beach access points stem from the loop trails. Two wildlife viewing areas along the Beltz Dike Trail are ADA accessible.
Sitka Sedge’s day-use parking area has 26 parking spots-- two are ADA accessible. If you decide to visit tomorrow (and any other day) and the parking area is full, consider a trip north to visit Clay Meyers State Natural Area or make the short drive south to Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area first before coming back to Sitka Sedge. Please respect nature (and the neighbors) by not parking along the shoulder of SandLake Road.
“State Natural Area” is a designation for protecting outstanding or important portions of Oregon’s ecosystems. The property will remain a low-impact, low-development area. OPRD purchased the area in 2014 using voter-dedicated Oregon Lottery funds and a grant from the U.S. Forest Service.
Visit the Sitka Sedge State Natural Area web page.