Booking one of Al’s beach house rentals is your ticket to a world of marine life in and around Lincoln City, Oregon. From whale-watching along the coast to hiking river trails in search of otters, there are countless ways to appreciate this marine life without disturbing the beauty of the local landscape. The even better news is that many of the best spots for enjoying Lincoln City’s marine wildlife are in close proximity to our most popular beach vacation rentals. Oregon coastal wildlife will be here when you’re ready to explore. Following are a few of the most beloved marine wildlife that calls this part of the Oregon coast home:
Harbor Seals. If you find yourself in Lincoln City at the Southwest 51st Street bay access point or on the Salishan Spit at Siletz Bay, you might be lucky enough to catch a colony of harbor seals that call this area home. Harbor seals are elegant in the water and adept at hunting offshore, but weighing in at about 300 lbs., they can be a bit clumsy on the land. That just adds to their cuteness. It’s inadvisable to walk up to a harbor seal and try to touch it, though, especially if it’s a baby whose mother might be nearby. Marine wildlife is best appreciated from afar.
Otters. While it’s rare to spot a sea otter on the Oregon coast, local hikers often spot river otters in the tributaries that lead to the ocean. If you book one of our beach house rentals you can easily get to Schooner Creek in south Lincoln City, the Salmon River in north Lincoln City, or the Siletz River that leads to Siletz Bay. These cute marine creatures are also sometimes spotted at the Devil’s Lake State Recreation Center.
Sea Lions. The California Sea Lion does not only live in California but all along the Pacific Coastline in the United States and Canada. While they can be cute from afar, male sea lions can be as long as seven feet and weigh as much as 850 pounds! If you’re around in summer, you might even be lucky enough to spot a sea lion pup, as this is when they are typically born.
Sea Stars. Many of our vacation homes and beach condo rentals are within walking distance of local beaches that are great for tide-pooling. Sea stars, also known as starfish, are one of the most wondrous creatures you can find in the tide-pools with their many legs that make them look like a bit like a celestial body. They love this area because they can feed on their favorite foods including clams, fish, and oysters.
Whales. One of the most popular activities for visitors along the Oregon coast is whale-watching. Whether on a boat, on the beach, atop a bluff, or in the comfort of a beach house rental offering stunning ocean views, there are many ways to watch for whales in Lincoln City. Pacific gray whales migrate to the Oregon coast all the way from Baja, Mexico and enjoy jumping above the water into the air when they stop to rest along various areas of the Pacific coast. Your best bet for spotting gray whales is to visit in the winter (December and January) or the spring (February to May) and make your way to an elevated area with a view in the early morning.
Whenever you find yourself in Lincoln City, the marine wildlife will be there in the great outdoors. A beach house rental is a perfect home base to explore these natural wonders. So, book your stay today and start planning the adventure.