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Sitka Sedge State Natural Area opens June 2

May 29, 2018

CLOVERDALE, Ore. – Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) announced today the opening of Sitka Sedge State Natural Area on June 2. The 375-acre park features a day-use area, hiking trails and six wildlife viewing areas that overlook the Sand Lake Estuary, forested dunes and ocean.

“We’re very excited to open the area to the public,” said Kirk Barham, Sitka Sedge Park Manager. “Sitka Sedge has a unique beach ecosystem, and we want to preserve the area’s natural character for visitors.”

June 2 is also State Parks Day, and Sitka Sedge will be joining the statewide celebration. The first 100 visitors to the park can enjoy a free hot dog lunch, beginning at 11 a.m. Visitors can choose from two ranger-led hiking options: short hikes that begin at noon and 1:30 p.m., or a longer tour of the park that begins at 12:30 p.m. A hands-on activity for kids will also be available throughout the afternoon.

Sitka Sedge’s day-use parking is limited. If the lot is full, consider a trip north to visit Clay Meyers State Natural Area or make the short drive south to Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area first before coming back to Sitka Sedge. Please respect nature (and the neighbors) by not parking along the shoulder of Sand lake Road.

Three miles of trails run through the Sand Lake Estuary, and two loop trails—Estuary Views and Kinnikinnik Woods—traverse the forested dunes. Two beach access points stem from the loop trails. Two wildlife viewing areas along the Beltz Dike Trail are ADA accessible.

“State Natural Area” is a designation for protecting outstanding or important portions of Oregon’s ecosystems. The property will remain a low-impact, low-development area. OPRD purchased the area in 2014 using voter-dedicated Oregon Lottery funds and a grant from the U.S. Forest Service.

For more information about Sitka Sedge State Natural Area, visit oregonstateparks.org.