Salishan Spit, Lincoln City

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The Salishan Spit is located between the communities of Lincoln City and Gleneden Beach, and separates the Pacific Ocean from Siletz Bay, Oregon. The spit is privately owned and mostly the property of the Salishan Spa and Golf Resort. Visitors can walk the beach from the Gleneden Beach State Recreation Site. The name is from the native Salishan languages of the Pacific Northwest.

Siletz Bay is a large bay and estuary located at the mouth of the Siletz River. During previous decades, and like many areas along the Oregon Coast, the bay had been diked and drained to make cattle pasture. A large-scale reclamation program began in the early 1990s to remove the levees and tide gates, and restore the bay and estuary to its natural state. The establishment of the Siletz Bay National Wildlife Refuge was part of this process and now encompasses over 100 acres (40.5 ha) of tidal marshes in Siletz Bay.

Glass floats, or Japanese glass fishing floats, are popular collectors' items and have been found on Salishan Spit and other Oregon beaches. They were once used by fishermen in many parts of the world to keep their fishing nets, as well as longlines or droplines afloat. Read more here and here. Click here to download the CoastView app and explore Salishan Spit.


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