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Welcome to South Slough NERR
Where fresh and salt water mix
The mission of South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve is to improve the understanding and stewardship of Pacific Northwest estuaries and coastal watersheds. The 4,800 acre Reserve encompasses a mixture of open water channels, tidal and freshwater wetlands, riparian areas, and forested uplands. SSNERR actively supports and coordinates research, education, and stewardship programs which serve to enhance a scientific and public understanding of estuaries and contribute to improved estuarine management.
We welcome you to explore the estuary through our interpretive center, trails and waterways, programs, and online resources.  On this page, links in the Activities section details on opportunities for visitors to the reserve while the In Depth section contains information related to administration, reserve management, and ecology.

Visit the Estuary!
At the main entrance to the Reserve, you can find the Interpretive Center and several trails. We are located four miles south of Charleston, Oregon, on Seven Devils Road.  Just follow the binoculars on the road signs!  Located one mile south of the South Slough Interpretive Center, the south entrance to the Reserve provides access to additional trails and historical sites. Stop in the Interpretive Center for maps and more information.

Directions and maps are available for travel to the Reserve.
Photo by Tom Gaskill  
Activities at South Slough
Located south of Charleston, Oregon, the interpretive center provides fun and educational resources for all.
Join South Slough staff and volunteers for a variety of events held at South Slough and in the surrounding communities.
South Slough has several miles of hiking and paddling trails. Get Outside and explore!
A special invitation for teachers and students.

Contact the Staff
Nate and Joy prepare for a paddle trip.  
South Slough Reserve staff

South Slough Reserve
Learn more about South Slough NERR and the estuary...
Our mission and vision statements guide the management of the South Slough NERR
Background information is available concerning the historical and legislative history of the Reserve
Details about the mission of the South Slough NERR can be found in our core principles
The function and operation of the Reserve are outlined here
More information is available about our parent agencies, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Oregon Department of State Lands
Learn more about the natural history, ecology, and species found at the estuary
Visit our online resource library for an in-depth look at the ecology, natural, and cultural history of South Slough