Whale Watching: Each winter, more than 20,000 gray whales make their way south from Alaska to their winter breeding grounds of Baja California. Mid-December through early January is typically the peak of the migration with as many as 30 whales per hour passing the coast. Whales are spotted by watching for their spout as they surface. When a whale surfaces, it exhales a burst of water and vapor up to 12 feet in the air. Once a spout is spotted, focus with binoculars slightly ahead to watch them surface again. Gray whales typically exhale three to five times, less than a minute apart, before diving for five to ten minutes. Mothers with calves are often easiest to spot because they move more slowly and stay closer to shore. Once you've got the hang of it, it becomes easier to spot the giant 35 ton creatures. If you miss the winter migration, you won't have to wait long for another opportunity. Upon reaching their wintering grounds in the warm waters off Mexico, the gray whales breed or give birth, and by March they begin their return to the north along with their newborn calves, just a few months old. Note: text is an edited excerpt from an article in the winter issue of the Pelican Post Newsmagazine.
Bird Watching: We are home to a multitude of species including Bald Eagles, Puffins, Sea Gulls, Crows and Ravens, Pelicans, Herons, and migrating Canadian Geese (thousands fly just overhead all season honking their way along. The Nestucca Wildlife Refuge is less than a mile away from the house. http://www.fws.gov/oregoncoast/nestuccabay/
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Fishing charters:www.Fish-Oregon.comhttp://www.pacificcity.org/fishing/home.html Pacific City is renown for it's fishing. We have an abundant spring and fall run of Salmon in the Big Nestucca right in the middle of town. The river also serves a nice winter steelhead run. Town Lake (on the northern edge of town) is stocked very heavily during spring and summer with nice trout. Huge Ling Cod and other bottom fish are an easy catch in our surf. The third week-end in July is "Dory Days" Festival in Pacific City
Elevation: Trailhead – 911 feet, At the bridge – 630 feet, River’s edge – 532 feet.
The bridge and falls are very dramatic – absolutely well worth the hike!
Directions: Turn right (South) Hwy 101 Travel through Lincoln City. Turn east on Drift Creek Road, right on South Drift Creek Road for ¼ mile. Turn left onto Forest Service Road 17. Stay on Forest Service Road 17 to trailhead, approximately 10 miles.
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