Bring your binoculars and your camera: Beaver Creek State Natural Area is a place to see nature up close. Part of Brian Booth State Park, the lush marsh and upland forest include 5-plus miles of hiking trails and tranquil, flat-water paddling. River otter, Roosevelt elk, deer, coyote and the occasional black bear and cougar are at home here, and the marsh is critical habitat for Coho salmon, cutthroat trout and winter steelhead.
Located 1 mile east of Ona Beach and Highway 101, the center offers a museum, observation deck, picnic tables, and short trail to views overlooking the marsh. The welcome center is open noon – 4 p.m. Thursday – Monday; the observation deck and grounds are open daily.
Beaver Creek is the perfect place to bring your canoe or kayak. Don’t have the gear? No problem. Park rangers lead guided kayak tours July through Labor Day. Sign up starting June 1 by clicking on “tours/events” at store.oregonstateparks.org.
The upland trail area boasts more than 5 miles of easy- to moderate-hiking trails. Visitors can park along South Beaver Creek Road. During dry weather, park at Beaver Creek Road and take the seasonal Beaver Marsh Trail. The trail map is posted here.
Beaver Creek was purchased from private owners in pieces over time, from 2007-2009. The properties were acquired with approximately $1.3 million Lottery dollars and $400,000 of federal funds through a USFWS Coastal Wetland grant. This acquisition is considered a key part of the multi-partner Beaver Creek watershed ecosystem management strategy, connecting old growth forests in the upper watershed with beach, coastal dunes, estuary, and marsh habitats downstream. The house on the property was remodeled and turned into a Visitor Center. The park opened in September 2010.