Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge

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Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge

Oregon

(541) 347-1470

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Overview

Bandon Marsh Refuge is located along the picturesque southern Oregon coast near the mouth of the Coquille River, and the city of Bandon. There are two units to the Bandon Marsh NWR: Bandon Marsh Unit and Ni-les'tun Unit. The Bandon Marsh Unit protects the largest remaining tract of salt marsh within the Coquille River estuary.

Major habitats include undisturbed salt marsh, mudflat, and Sitka spruce and alder river bank communities. These provide resting and feeding areas for migratory waterfowl, shorebirds, wading birds, neotropical migrants, and raptors. The lower Coquille River estuary provides important habitat for juvenile and adult forms of anadromous fish species found in the lower Coquille River estuary include Coho and Chinook salmon, steelhead, and cutthroat trout. This refuge unit is managed as a natural area with no habitat manipulation. Wildlife observation and study, photography, hunting, fishing, and clamming are permitted public uses. The Ni-les'tun Unit of the Bandon Marsh NWR was named by Coquille Indian Tribe. Ni-les'tun means "small fish dam in the river", and refers to the numerous fish weirs located on, and adjacent to the site, which were used by Coquille ancestors for capturing fish.

Most of the land in the Ni-les'tun Unit is diked lowland pasture and will eventually be restored to tidal marsh, making history as the largest tidal marsh restoration project ever attempted in Oregon. Other habitats of the Ni-les'tun Unit include intertidal marsh, forested wetlands, grasslands, and upland forest.

Map of Bandon Marsh NWR

Latitude, Longitude: 43.119029, -124.409008

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Activities

  • Boating

    Boating is permitted; please contact park services for more information.

  • Fishing

    Fishing is permitted; please contact park services for more information.

  • Hunting

    Hunting is allowed on Bandon Marsh NWR west of Highway 101 and north of Bandon city limits. Hunters must comply with all state and federal regulations. The discharge of firearms is prohibited unless authorized. The current Oregon Game Bird Regulations are published by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. The Federal Regulations may be found in Title 50, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 20 (www.gpoaccess.gov). Please view the hunt map showing the open and closed areas.

Seasonality/Weather

Open year-round

Directions

Driving

The Bandon Marsh Unit is accessible from boat launches at the Port of Bandon, and by vehicle off of Riverside Drive, which connects Highway 101 and scenic downtown Bandon. The Ni-les'tun Unit is one quarter mile upstream from the Bandon Marsh Unit, along the north bank of the Coquille River on North Bank Lane.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(541) 347-1470

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