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  • South Slough Reserve

    Explore an Estuary 

     Trail Map Brochure

     Rack Card

  • South Slough Internship Program Sponsors
    Thank you to… 
    • Farr's True Value in Coos Bay for being our $250 “Great Blue Heron” Sponsor!   
    • Coos Bay Honda World for being our $125 “Salty” Sponsor!  
    • Empire Mercantile for being our 75 “Fresh” Sponsor!
    • Umpqua Bank

    Please share your appreciation with them for supporting the South Slough Reserve Internship Program when you shop local.
    Sponsorship funds are collected and managed in support of the South Slough Internship Program by the Friends of South Slough Reserve, Inc. a 501 C3 Non-Profit Organization. 
    For more information, contact Deborah Rudd, SSNERR Public Involvement Coordinator  (541)-888-5558 ext. 158   
  • Art Exhibition Opening
    July - August, 2016

    South Slough Reserve Interpretive Center auditorium

    Dale Karstetter became a self-taught artist specializing in wildlife carvings.  His show features wood carvings of owls, ravens, falcons and other wildfowl interacting in their natural environment.  Each bird is painted to achieve the look of a living bird.  

  • South Slough Trail & Treat
    Trail and Treat 2016​

    5k trail run/walk
    Saturday, October 15, 2016

    Kids' run/walk: 9:45 am (Costumes encouraged!)

    5k run/walk: 9:45 am
Coastal Training Program Estuaries Day

Where does the rain go when it drains from your roof?


If you live in the city, your storm water probably flows down your driveway or across your sidewalk and into a storm water sewer drain. Depending on where in the city you live, it might flow directly to a river or bay. Eventually it all ends up in the river or bay, carrying oil and gas, trash, household and industrial chemicals, bacteria, heavy metals, mineral salts, plastic particles and other pollutants with it. Heavy rains can produce abnormally heavy runoff that erodes channels and banks, floods urban streams, damages habitat, property and infrastructure, and threatens lives.


Storm water runoff can alter the natural flow of a river, channel or bay. Changing the flow can drastically affect water quality and the ability of stream or bay to support fish and other aquatic life. Fish and other aquatic organisms may respond to changes in flow in unexpected ways. Higher than natural flows can erode and scour a stream or channel. Lower than natural flows can concentrate pollutants and raise water temperatures, reduce the availability of oxygen and harm or kill fish, or prompt invasions of exotic plants and animals.


The U.S. Clean Water Act protects aquatic life by setting standards for local governments to protect water quality, but that might not be enough. Water quality managers are beginning to realize that to protect aquatic life and habitat they need to better understand how the natural flow of a stream or bay varies in space and over time. Communities, and even individuals, can provide a great deal of protection for aquatic habitat relatively easily by taking simple steps to reduce the amount of storm water runoff that flows from their property. You might be one of a growing number of Oregonians who are using some form of green infrastructure to keep your rainwater closer to home.


Green infrastructure is a set of cost-effective practices to reduce storm water runoff. It includes features such as rain gardens, green roofs, permeable pavements, bioswales, green streets and green parking, and techniques such as rainwater harvesting, planting urban trees, and open space to hold storm water in place long enough for it to seep into the ground.


Oregon’s Coastal Training Program at South Slough Reserve is building partnerships on the south Oregon coast to provide green infrastructure training. For more information about green infrastructure training, call John Bragg (541) 888-5558 ext. 129, or email john.bragg@state.or.us.


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Interpretive Center


Visit the South Slough Reserve Interpretive Center


The Interpretive Center is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 am until 4:30 pm. The Center is closed on state holidays.

 Trails and waterways are open from dawn through dusk.







  Nina Rudd


Stand Up for the Bay

September 24, 2016

Coos Bay Boardwalk

Join South Slough Reserve on the downtown Coos Bay Boardwalk to celebrate your estuary!  Celebrate the bay with a community paddle event, some birding at Millicoma Marsh Trail at 9 am and 11 am, as well as food, music, a shoreline cleanup, jousting and educational activities for all ages.  Come enjoy some great views of the bay and one of the best birding spots in Coos County.  An interpreter, binoculars and spotting scopes will be provided for the birding.  Please dress for the weather.  We will caravan over from the Coos Bay Boardwalk to the parking lot directly behind Millicoma Middle School on 4th Avenue.  Sign up on site at the South Slough Reserve table or call 541-888-5558 ext. 121 in advance to reserve your place. (free)  To participate in the paddle event sign up​ here.

Recruiting for Fall Interns

​South Slough Reserve is recruiting for two Fall Internships​.

 Fall Internships Flyer​

 What's Happening


Local community events and activities

Octoberfish Festival

Saturday, October 1, 2016
Noon - 6 pm
Old Charleston School in Charleston, Oregon

Don't miss the annual Octoberfish festival.  The day will be filled with events for the whole family, including dinner from the Tuna Guys! Proceeds from the event will benefit the Charleston Food Bank and the Blue Water Taskforce community student scholarship fund. Octoberfish is organized by a variety of community partners including the Surfrider Foundation, South Slough Reserve, Charleston Food Bank, Sol Coast, ORCO Arts, the Tuna Guys, and many more! Admission is $1/person or 3 cans of food and the Tuna Guys will be offering a special $25 dinner deal for families, $10/person.

South Slough Reserve
encompasses a mixture of open water channels, tidal and freshwater wetlands, riparian areas, and forested uplands.  The Reserve 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.  South Slough Reserve is part of the National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS), a network of 28 reserves dedicated to research, education and stewardship.                                                         
 White Egrets on the South Slough - John Bragg