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Tidally-Influenced Waterways
Salmon River Estuary
Salmon River Estuary, Lincoln County, photo Jill Burnett
All tidally-influenced waterways, i.e., land subject to tidal influence (with the exception of those parcels the state may have sold since statehood) are owned by the State of Oregon.
 
When the original thirteen states took sovereignty of their land from the British after the American Revolution, those states became owners of the submerged and submersible land underlying what are termed "navigable" waters, we well as the land underlying tidal waters.
 
Under the Equal Footing Doctrine, federal courts have held that states entering the union have the same rights as did the original thirteen states.
 
Therefore, when Oregon was admitted to the Union in 1859, it became the owner of all submerged and submersible land underlying both the navigable waterways and tidal waters within its borders as a part of its sovereignty.
 
The heads of tide locations listed are based on inspection or other evidence obtained by Department staff prior to 1989. The head of tide on any particular waterway may have changed since then.
 
Some Columbia River tributaries in Clatsop, Columbia and Multnomah Counties may be tidally-influenced but have not been investigated by the Department.
 
 
 

 
County
River Name
Location of Head of Tide
Clackamas
Willamette River
RM 26.5 @ Willamette Falls
Clatsop
Logan Creek
T5N-R10W W. line of Sec. 20
Clatsop
Neacoxie Creek
T6N-R10W N. Line of Sec. 10
Clatsop
Neawanna Creek
T6N-R10W S. line of Sec. 22
Clatsop
Neawanna Creek (unnamed tributary)
T6N-R10W Sec. 22
Clatsop
Necanicum River
RM 4.0 @ T6N-R10W Sec. 28
Clatsop
Nehalem River
RM 8.9 @ T3N-R9W Sec. 31
Clatsop
Nehalem River N. Fork
RM 6.2 @ T4N-R9W Sec. 32
Clatsop
Stanley Lake Creek
T6N-R10W Sec. 15
Coos
Bear Creek
T28S-R14W Sec. 27
Coos
Beaver Slough
RM 5.0 @ T12S-R13W Secs. 15 & 17
Coos
Boone Creek
T26S-R12W Sec 32
Coos
Catching Slough
T26S-R12W Sec. 32
Coos
China Creek
T29S-R15W Sec. 11
Coos
Coalbank Slough
T26S-R13W Secs. 3 & 10
Coos
Coos River
ALL
Coos
Coos River S. Fork
RM 10.2 @ T25S-R11W Sec. 27
Coos
Coquille River
ALL
Coos
Coquille River N. Fork
RM 0.5 @ T29S-R12W, S. line of Sec. 4
Coos
Coquille River S. Fork
RM 3.0 @ T29S-R12W Sec. 20
Coos
Cox Canyon
T26S-R14W Sec. 36
Coos
Croft Lake
T30S-R15W, E. line of Sec. 10
Coos
Crooked Creek
T29S-R15W Sec. 12
Coos
Cut Creek
T27S-R14W Sec. 31
Coos
Daniels Creek
T25S-R12W, S. line of Sec. 35
Coos
Davis Slough
T26S-R13W Secs. 27 & 28
Coos
Day Creek
T26S-R14W Sec. 13
Coos
Deton Creek
T25S-R12W Sec. 13
Coos
Elliott Creek
T26S-R13W Sec. 19
Coos
Ferry Creek
T28S-R14W Sec. 29
Coos
Fivemile Creek
T27S-R14W Sec. 5
Coos
Fourmile Creek
T30S-R15W Sec. 2
Coos
Hatchet Slough
T28S-R13W Sec. 7
Coos
Haywood Creek
T26S-R14W Sec. 14
Coos
Iowa Slough
T28S-R13W Sec. 7
Coos
Isthmus Slough
T27S-R13W Secs. 2 & 3
Coos
Joe Ney Slough
T26S-R13W Secs. 6 & 7
Coos
John B. Creek
T26S-R14W Sec. 25
Coos
Johnson Creek
T29S-R15W Sec. 1
Coos
Kentuck Slough
T25S-R12W Sec. 6
Coos
Lampa Creek
T28S-R13W Sec. 30
Coos
Larson Creek
T24S-R12W Sec. 30
Coos
Lillian Creek
T25S-R12W Sec. 32
Coos
Lowe Creek
T28S-R14W Sec. 23
Coos
Mart Davis Creek
T25S-R12W Sec. 23
Coos
Millicoma River
ALL
Coos
Millicoma River E. Fork
RM 1.3 @ T25S-R11W Sec. 4
Coos
Millicoma River W. Fork
RM 1.1 @ T25S-R11W Sec. 6
Coos
New Lake
T30S-R15W, S. line of Sec. 15
Coos
New River
T30S-R15W, S. line of Sec. 15
Coos
Noble Creek
T27S-R13W Sec. 2
Coos
North Slough
T24S-R13W Sec. 12
Coos
Offield Slough
T28S-R14W Sec. 11
Coos
Paloose Creek
T24S-R12W Sec. 18
Coos
Ross Slough
T26S-R13W Sec. 12
Coos
Seelander Creek
T26S-R12W Sec. 29
Coos
Sevenmile Creek
T28S-R14W Sec. 3
Coos
Shinglehouse Slough
T26S-R13W Sec. 15
Coos
South Slough
ALL
Coos
Stock Slough
T26S-R12W Sec. 9
Coos
Talbot Creek
T26S-R13W Sec. 30
Coos
Threemile Creek
T27S-R14W Sec. 5
Coos
Twomile Creek
T27S-R14W Sec. 17
Coos
Vogle Creek
T25S-R12W Sec. 29
Coos
Wasson Creek
T26S-R14W Sec. 35
Coos
Willanch Slough
T25S-R13W Sec. 13
Coos
Wilson Creek
T26S-R12W Sec. 29
Coos
Winchester Creek
T27S-R14W Sec. 2
Coos
Whiskey Run Creek
T27S-R14W Sec. 20
Curry
Bowman Creek
T40S-R14W Sec. 3
Curry
Burnt Hill Creek
T39S-R14W Sec. 5
Curry
Chetco River
RM 3.3 @ T40S-R13W Sec. 34
Curry
China Creek
T39S-R14W Sec. 28
Curry
Coon Creek
T40S-R14W Sec. 3
Curry
Elk River
T32S-R15W Sec. 19
Curry
Euchre Creek
T35S-R14W Sec. 8
Curry
Floras Creek
T31S-R15W
Curry
Garrison Creek
T33S-R15W
Curry
Harris Creek
T40S-R14W Sec. 36
Curry
Horse Prairie Creek
T39S-R14W Sec. 21
Curry
Housetender Creek
T39S-R14W Sec. 9
Curry
Hubbard Creek
T33S-R15W Sec. 9
Curry
Hunter Creek
T37S-R14W Sec. 7
Curry
Lone Ranch Creek
T40S-R14W Sec. 22
Curry
Macklyn Creek
T41S-R13W Sec. 6
Curry
Mill Creek
T41S-R13W Sec. 6
Curry
Miller Creek
T39S-R14W Sec. 16
Curry
Miner Creek
T39S-R14W Sec. 16
Curry
Mussel Creek
T34S-R14W Sec. 19
Curry
Myers Creek
T38S-R14W Sec. 7
Curry
Pistol River
RM 1.4 @ T39S-R14W, W. line of Sec. 20
Curry
Ram Creek
T40S-R14W Sec. 22
Curry
Ransom Creek
T41S-R14W Sec. 1
Curry
Retz Creek
T33S-R15W Sec. 15
Curry
Rinehart Creek
T34S-R14W Sec. 18
Curry
Rogue River
RM 4.5 @ T36S-R14W Sec. 17
Curry
Shy Creek
T40S-R14W Sec. 26
Curry
Sixes River
RM 2 @ T31S-R15W Sec. 31
Curry
Spruce Creek
T39S-R14W Sec. 21
Curry
Taylor Creek
T40S-R14W Sec. 26
Curry
Thomas Creek
T39S-R14W Sec. 28
Curry
Whalehead Creek
T40S-R14W Sec. 3
Curry
Winchuck River
RM 1.1 @ T41S-R13W Sec. 25
Douglas
Brainard Creek
T21S-R11W Sec. 17
Douglas
Butler Creek
RM 1.1 @ T21S-R11W Sec. 30
Douglas
Eslick Creek
T20S-R11W Sec. 35
Douglas
Frantz Creek
RM 0.5 @ T21S-R12W Sec. 14
Douglas
Hudson Slough
ALL
Douglas
Joyce Creek
T21S-R11W Sec. 8
Douglas
Noel Creek
T21S-R11W Sec. 3
Douglas
Oar Creek
T22S-R11W Sec. 7
Douglas
Otter Slough
RM 1.0 @ T21S-R11W Sec. 27
Douglas
Providence Creek
T21S-R12W Sec. 28
Douglas
Scholfield Creek
RM 5.3 @ T22S-R12W Sec. 11
Douglas
Silver Creek
T22S-R12W Sec. 8
Douglas
Smith River
RM 23.1 @ T20S-R10W Sec. 34
Douglas
Smith River N. Fork
RM 3.0 @ T20S-R10W Sec. 30
Douglas
Tahkenitch Creek
T20S-R12W Sec. 19
Douglas
Threemile Creek
T21S-R12W Sec. 18
Douglas
Umpqua River
RM 29.2 @ T22S-R9W Sec. 7
Douglas
Winchester Creek
T22S-R12W Sec. 8
Lane
Agate Creek
T15S-R12W Sec. 27
Lane
Berry Creek
T17S-R12W Sec. 15
Lane
Blowout Creek
T16S-R12W Sec. 22
Lane
Bob Creek
T15S-R12W Sec. 22
Lane
Cape Creek
T16S-R12W Sec. 34
Lane
China Creek
T16S-R12W Sec. 22
Lane
Cummins Creek
T15S-R12W Sec. 10
Lane
Gwynn Creek
T15S-R12W Sec. 10
Lane
Hadsall Creek
T18S-R10W Sec. 12
Lane
Haring Creek
T18S-R11W Sec. 7
Lane
Hoffman Creek
T18S-R11W Sec. 13
Lane
Knowles Creek
T18S-R10W Sec. 1
Lane
Lawson Creek
T18S-R11W Sec. 28
Lane
Lindsley Creek
T18S-R12W Sec. 12
Lane
Morris Creek
T18S-R11W Sec. 5
Lane
Munsel Creek
T18S-R12W Sec. 26
Lane
Nancy Creek
T16S-R12W Sec. 10
Lane
Rock Creek
T16S-R12W Sec. 15
Lane
Siltcoos River
T19S-R12W Sec. 34
Lane
Siuslaw River
RM 22.8 @ T17S-R10W Sec. 34
Lane
Siuslaw River N. Fork
RM 10.5 @ T18S R11W Sec. 4
Lane
South Inlet
T18S-R11W Sec. 31; T19S-R11W Sec. 6
Lane
Squaw Creek
T16S-R12W Sec. 3
Lane
Sutton Creek
RM 0.4 @ T17S-R12W Sec. 28
Lane
Sweet Creek
T18S-R10W Secs. 16 & 21
Lincoln
King Slough
T11S-R11W Sec. 28
Lincoln
Alsea River
RM 11.5 @ T13S-R10W Sec. 34
Lincoln
Beaver Creek
T12S-R11W Sec. 20
Lincoln
S. Beaver Creek
T12S-R11W Sec. 20
Lincoln
Big Creek
T10S-R11W Sec. 32
Lincoln
Boone Slough
T11S-R11W Sec. 25
Lincoln
Buckley Creek
T13S-R12W Sec. 1
Lincoln
Cape Creek
T15S-R12W Sec. 3
Lincoln
Coal Creek
T10S-R11W Sec. 17
Lincoln
Collins Creek
T12S-R12W Sec. 36
Lincoln
D River
T17S-R11W Sec. 15 (50 yds. W of Hwy 101 bridge)
Lincoln
Deer Creek
T12S-R12W Sec. 24
Lincoln
Depot Creek Slough
RM 5.0 @ T11S-R10W Sec. 6
Lincoln
Drift Creek
RM 2.7 @ T13S-R11W Sec. 23
Lincoln
Drift Creek
T7S-R11W Sec. 36
Lincoln
Eckman Slough
T13S-R11W Sec. 28
Lincoln
Elk Creek
RM 4.5 @ T11S-R10W Sec. 25
Lincoln
Flesher Slough
T11S-R11W Sec. 35
Lincoln
Fogarty Creek
T8S-R11W Sec. 32
Lincoln
Fox Creek
T13S-R12W Sec. 1
Lincoln
Grant Creek
T11S-R11W Sec. 30
Lincoln
Henderson Creek
T11S-R11W Sec. 30
Lincoln
Hill Creek
T12S-R12W Sec. 25
Lincoln
Johnson Creek
T10S-R11W Sec. 5
Lincoln
Lint Slough
T13S-R11W Sec. 30
Lincoln
Little Creek
T10S-R11W Sec. 32
Lincoln
Little Creek
T13S-R12W Sec. 36
Lincoln
Lost Creek
T12S-R11W Sec. 7
Lincoln
McCaffery Slough
T12S-R11W Sec. 3
Lincoln
McKinney Slough
T13S-R11W Sec. 20
Lincoln
Mill Creek
T11S-R10W Sec. 27
Lincoln
Moolack Creek
T10S-R11W Sec. 17
Lincoln
Moore Creek
T11S-R11W Sec. 31
Lincoln
North Cape Creek
T15S-R12W Sec. 3
Lincoln
Nute Slough
T11S-R10W Sec. 30
Lincoln
Ollala Slough
T11S-R10W Sec. 17
Lincoln
Parker Slough
T11S-R11W Sec. 27
Lincoln
Pooles Slough
T12S-R11W Sec. 1
Lincoln
Pumphouse Creek
T12S-R11W Sec. 18
Lincoln
Rowdy Creek
T6S-R11W Sec. 25
Lincoln
Salmon Creek
Tidegate Three Rocks
Lincoln
Salmon River
T6S-R10W Sec. 29
Lincoln
Schoolhouse Creek
T8S-R11W Sec. 16
Lincoln
Schooner Creek
T10S-R11W Sec. 19
Lincoln
Sijota Creek
T8S-R11W Sec. 10
Lincoln
Siletz River
RM 22.6 @ T9S-R10W Sec. 8
Lincoln
Spencer Creek
T10S-R11W Sec. 5
Lincoln
Starr Creek
T14S-R12W Sec. 23
Lincoln
Thiel Creek
T12S-R11W Sec. 6
Lincoln
Vingie Creek
T14S-R12W Sec. 14
Lincoln
Wade Creek
T10S-R11W Sec. 8
Lincoln
Yachats River
RM 1.5 @ T14S-R12W Sec. 26
Lincoln
Yaquina River
RM 21.8 @ T11S-R10W Sec. 1
Multnomah
Columbia Slough
T2N-R1W Sec. 23 to T1N-R3E Sec. 19
(Note that the limit of state ownership in a portion of the channel in T1N-R2E Sec. 23, T1N-R2E Sec. 24, and T1N-R3E Sec. 19 is still uncertain.)
Multnomah
Columbia River
RM 145.5 @ Bonneville Dam T2N-R7E Sec. 21
Tillamook
Alder Creek
T3N R10 W Sec. 27
Tillamook
Anderson Creek
T3N-R10W Sec. 14
Tillamook
Anderson Creek
T2S-R9W Sec. 6
Tillamook
Beaver Creek
T2S-R10W Sec. 12
Tillamook
Clear Lake Creek
T1N-R10W Sec. 5
Tillamook
Coal Creek
T3N-R10W Sec. 14
Tillamook
Crescent Lake Creek
T2N-R10W Sec. 29
Tillamook
Daley Lake Creek
T5S-R11W Sec. 13
Tillamook
Dougherty Slough
T1S-R9W Sec. 20
Tillamook
Esther Creek
T1S-R10W Sec. 26
Tillamook
Fall Creek
T1S-R10W Sec. 31
Tillamook
Flower Pot Creek
T1S-R10W Sec. 8
Tillamook
Foley Creek
T3N-R10W Sec. 36
Tillamook
Gallagher Slough
T3N-R10W Sec. 35
Tillamook
Hall Slough
T1S-R10W Sec. 24
Tillamook
Hathaway Slough
T1S-R10W Sec. 12
Tillamook
Hoquarten Slough
T1S-R9W Sec. 30
Tillamook
Illingsworth Creek
T1N-R10W Sec. 23
Tillamook
Jackson Creek
T2S-R10W Sec. 30
Tillamook
Kilchis River
RM2.0 @ T1S-R9W Sec. 7
Tillamook
Little Nestucca River
RM 3.2 @ T5S-R10W Sec. 9
Tillamook
McCoys Cove
T1S-R10W Sec. 9
Tillamook
Messhouse Slough
T2N-R10W Sec. 17
Tillamook
Miami River
RM 0.8 @ T1N-R10W Sec. 14
TillamookNehalem RiverRM 8.9 T3N-R9W Sec. 31
TillamookNehalem River
North Fork
RM 6.2 T4N-R9W Sec. 32
Tillamook
Neskowin Creek
T5S-R11W Sec. 36
Tillamook
Nestucca River
RM 8.5 @ T4S-R10W Sec. 14
Tillamook
Nolan Slough
T1S-R10W Sec. 24
Tillamook
Patterson Creek
T1N-R10W Sec. 34
Tillamook
Rice Creek
T2S-R10W Sec. 5
Tillamook
Short Creek
T1S-R10W Sec. 24
Tillamook
Spring Lake Creek
T1N-R10W Sec. 6
Tillamook
Squeedunk Slough
T1S-R10W Sec. 13
Tillamook
Sutton Creek
T2S-R10W Sec. 12
Tillamook
Tillamook River
RM 6.0 @ T2S-R9W Sec. 7
Tillamook
Tomlinson Slough
T1S-R10W Sec. 26
Tillamook
Trask River
RM 4.3 @ T2S-R9W Sec. 6
Tillamook
Watseco Creek
T1N-R10W Sec. 7
Tillamook
Wilson River
RM3.1 @ T1S-R9W Sec. 20
Tillamook
Whiskey Creek
T2S-R10W Sec. 17
Tillamook
Yagar Creek
T2S-R10W Secs. 8 & 9

 
 
Tidepool, Lincoln County photo Kevin Moynahan
 
 
 
 
 
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