More Fun for Oregon Coast Kayak Adventurers
(Newport, Oregon) - Ona Beach B&B and The Bunkhouse is offering a new opportunity for the coastal adventurer. They’ve recently acquired an inflatable kayak that is available for guests to borrow for a little nautical jaunt up and down nearby Beaver Creek. This eco-friendly trip allows you to visit some local areas not possible to get to by any other means, and spot some truly remarkable wildlife.
The Sea Eagle inflatable kayak (Sport 370) is a two-person, paddle-propelled craft. B&B owners Don and Cynthia Weller will drive you and the craft down to Ona Beach State Park, where the creek ends, and then set you loose.
“Some folks will want to put in there, paddle upstream awhile and turn around and come back,” said Don Weller. “Others will want us to drop them off several miles up the road so they can mostly float down. Either way we'll take them and pick them up at an appointed time.”
Along the way, you may see eagles, hawks, otters, rabbits, deer – and maybe even a black bear, which have been spotted in that area.
Weller said it’s a typical low land creek, with a level flow, but it’s pretty steady due to the proximity to the ocean. Beaver Creek does pick up the pace during spring rains, however. It goes on for many miles, but the final five miles are quite mild.
Weller said there are some wetlands the creek wanders into, which are largely hidden from entry in any other way. The kayak is not for the general public, but is usable free of charge for guests. They must sign a liability waiver and agree to cover any damage.
14389 S. Coast Hwy. South Beach, Oregon (Between Newport and Waldport). (541) 867-2923. www.onabeachb-b.com.
Upcoming Newport Events
June 19 Sea Squirts: Pond Pals, 2 &3 yr. olds with parents. Explore what lives behind the log, sneaks through the grass and swims under the water of your friendly neighborhood pond. Discover why frogs, bugs, and fish call this wet wonderland their home. Oregon Coast Aquarium. 2820 SE Ferry Slip Rd. Newport, Oregon. 541.867.3474. www.aquarium.org.
June 22 - 25. HMSC Summer Day Camp: Animal Adaptations. Explore marine organisms from plankton to whales and discover the amazing adaptations they have for surviving in their environment. Campers will investigate life in the estuary, on sandy beaches, and rocky shores through fieldtrips and hands on activities. 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Ages 7-9. Hatfield Marine Science Center. 2030 SE Marine Science Drive, Newport, Oregon. 541-867-0159. http://hmsc.oregonstate.edu.
June 22 - 26 Oceans of Fun, Ages 4 & 5. The ocean is filled with some of the tiniest to the most enormous animals on this planet. Find out how humans size up to critters while exploring the aquarium, singing songs, playing games and making aquatic works of art. Oregon Coast Aquarium. 2820 SE Ferry Slip Rd. Newport, Oregon. 541.867.3474. www.aquarium.org.
June 27. Hatfield Marine Science Center’s SeaFest. It's a fun-filled day of hands-on learning about the natural world. Go behind the scenes to see the labs and meet the scientists who track whales, explore the ocean depths, and shed new light on our understanding of the marine environment. Ocean-going research vessels are on display, along with dozens of hands-on exhibits, activities, and demonstrations of what marine biologists and other scientists do in their daily work. Hatfield Marine Science Center. 2030 SE Marine Science Drive, Newport, Oregon. 541-867-0159. http://hmsc.oregonstate.edu.
June 29 – July 2. HMSC Summer Day Camp: Bayfront Quest Camp. Investigate local fisheries as you go on a seafood quest. Campers will explore the bayfront, interview local fisheries experts, and even do some crabbing as they collect information. Participants will then use what they discover to create a clever, clue-directed hunt called a "Quest" to share with the public. Campers will also receive an Oregon Coast Quests Book. 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Hatfield Marine Science Center. 2030 SE Marine Science Drive, Newport, Oregon. 541-867-0159. http://hmsc.oregonstate.edu.
June 29 - July 3 Water Worlds, Grades 1 & 2 (entering these grades fall 2009). Through bay and estuary exploration, water investigations, arts and crafts, and behind-the-scenes encounters with aquarium animals, campers will learn what it is like to live in a world where they can move in any direction. Oregon Coast Aquarium. 2820 SE Ferry Slip Rd. Newport, Oregon. 541.867.3474. www.aquarium.org.
July 3 Family Adventure Travel Camp, Ages 6 and up. Families explore the best the Pacific Northwest has to offer. Go beach seining, take a wildlife-boat trip, come up close and personal with Aquarium animals, go on a scavenger hunt and sleep with the sharks. Oregon Coast Aquarium. 2820 SE Ferry Slip Rd. Newport, Oregon. 541.867.3474. www.aquarium.org.
July 3 Family Sleepover, Ages 7 and up. Fall asleep to the sights of the sharks and fish swimming overhead in the Passages of the Deep tunnels. Educators take campers on a scavenger hunt and provide a fun and hands-on experience. Dinner, snack, and light breakfast are included. Oregon Coast Aquarium. 2820 SE Ferry Slip Rd. Newport, Oregon. 541.867.3474. www.aquarium.org.
July 6-10 Eco-Explorers, Grades 3 - 4 (entering these grades fall of 2009). Campers learn about their relationship with the ocean as they explore the bay, estuary, and open ocean, go behind the scenes at the Aquarium for close encounters with animals and participate in hands-on-activities. Oregon Coast Aquarium. 2820 SE Ferry Slip Rd. Newport, Oregon. 541.867.3474. www.aquarium.org.
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