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Sitka Sedge State Natural Area

  COVID-19 Alert 03/23/20
COVID-19 Alert: All state parks will close March 23 until further notice. The closure includes all state parks, including all overnight campgrounds, trails, viewpoints, restrooms, and picnic areas and all other facilities. This is part of the statewide effort to reduce transmission of COVID-19.
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Major Features & Activities

  • Blue Indicates that some, but not all, facilities are accessible.
Major Features & Activities:
  • Hiking Trails (ADA)
  • Picnicking (ADA)
  • Beach Access
  • Open Year Round (ADA)
  • Wildlife (ADA)

Sitka Sedge State Natural Area is all about the views: you’ll see tidal flats, saltwater marshes, forested wetlands, abundant marsh wildlife and beach views stretching from Haystack Rock to the south and Cape Lookout to the north.

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. 

Visitors can hike the 3.5 miles of looping trails, including the 1/2-mile-long Beltz Dike Trail that leads from the parking area west through Sand Lake Estuary and coniferous forested dunes to the beach. Note: no cell phone service is available within the park.


Seasonal Beach Restrictions March 15 - Sep. 15

Beach restrictions are in place north of the main beach access during nesting season for the western snowy plover. Foot and equestrian traffic on wet sand only; all other recreation prohibited. Information:

Taking plants, animals, or cultural resources from the park is not allowed. Please see the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife regulations for clamming and fishing information.