Clay Creek

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Clay Creek

Oregon

(541) 683-6600

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Overview

The Clay Creek Recreation Site is nestled in the Coast Range of Oregon between Eugene and the Oregon coast, and is a great wilderness getaway. Located at the confluence of Clay Creek and the Siuslaw River, this recreation site offers a wealth of activities including forest hiking, fishing, wildlife viewing, picnicking and camping. In addition, Clay Creek offers a summer swimming area with dressing rooms nearby, individual picnic sites, a children's play area, horseshoe pits, potable water, volleyball area (bring your net and ball) and a ball field.

Clay Creek campground and the surrounding area are home to large canopy trees such as Douglas fir, western hemlock, red cedar, red alder and big leaf maple. The forest understory features a host of native plants like rhododendron, salal, various fern species, salmonberry and vine maple. On the forest floor, oxalis, Calypso orchids and mosses compliment the scenery. A diverse variety of bird life, from the seldom seen pileated woodpecker, northern spotted owl and marbled murrelet, to the ubiquitous Oregon junco, frequent this area. Signs of larger animals, such as raccoon, mink, bear, elk, deer and beaver are also evident. The Siuslaw River is a salmon watch site that runs fast and cold during the winter months, providing exceptional habitat for coho and Chinook salmon that can be observed spawning during the fall and winter.

Map of Clay Creek

Latitude, Longitude: 43.890130, -123.569049

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Activities

  • Camping

    This quiet recreation site offers family camping, as well as large group picnicking in a wooded riverside location.

  • Fishing

    Fishing is allowed in the creek.

  • Hiking

    The Clay Creek Trail, created in 1991 for hiking, provides access to a stand of Douglas fir high above the campground and the Siuslaw River. An interpretive trail is also available.

  • Picnicking

    Picnic areas are scattered throughout the area. The recreation site also boasts large group shelters available by reservation for group outings, weddings, or other events.

  • Water Sports

    Swimming is allowed seasonally in Clay Creek.

Directions

Driving

From Eugene, OR follow Highway 126 about 30 miles to Siuslaw River Road just west of Walton. Turn left on Siuslaw River Road and follow the road 16 miles to the intersection of BLM Road 19-7-20.1. Turn right and the entrance will be immediately on the right.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(541) 683-6600

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