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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT

Recreation

Nestucca River

Salem District  |  OR

Season Dates:  10/01 - 9/30

Fees:  $10 a night campsite / $5 extra per vehicle

The Nestucca Back Country Byway takes travelers through the lush forests along this scenic waterway. Whether you're exploring the region by car, motorcycle, or mountain bike, you'll find a riverside picnic table or a camping spot at any of four BLM recreation sites located along the route.

Alder Glen campground has 11 first come first serve campsites. The site is open from Memorial Day weekend through November 30.

Dovre campground consists of 10 campsites and 1 day use shelter. The site is open from Memorial Day weekend through September 30.

Elk Bend campground has 5 walk-in first come first serve campsites and is open year round. Fan Creek campground has 11 first come first serve campsites. The site is open from Memorial Day weekend through September 30. For more information, contact Debra Drake, Outdoor Recreation Planner. Email d1drake@blm.gov or call 503-815-1134.

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Activities:

Watchable WildlifeHuntingHistoric Site InvestigationOff-Highway VehicleMotocycle TrailFly FishingCamping

Facilities:

Camp SitesPicnic SitesRestroomsDrinking Water (Accessible)

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Directions:

The Nestucca River National Back Country Byway is easily accessible and can be considered as a destination in itself, or a less hurried alternative route between the Oregon Coast and the Willamette Valley. The western access point is the town of Beaver, Oregon, about 12 miles south of Tillamook on U.S. Highway 101. The west end of the alternate loop drive begins at Bible Creek Road, approximately 16 miles east of Beaver. This loop drive may also be accessed via Gilbert Creek Road, about 12 miles from Willamina, Oregon. The eastern access point may be reached from Carlton, Oregon, by taking Meadow Lake County Road west for about 12 miles to the beginning of the Nestucca River Access Road. The eastern end of the alternative loop begins at Bald Mountain Road, approximately 17 miles west of Carlton. All but three miles of the Nestucca River National Back Country Byway is a two-lane paved road, the other being all-weather rocked road. The alternate loop route is a single-lane paved road with frequent turnouts. Much of the route is winding and meant for slow, leisurely driving. Log truck traffic may be encountered throughout the year. The Nestucca Back Country Byway is open year-round but may become hazardous or impassable for short periods of time because of snow and ice.

Contact Information

1717 Fabry Rd. SE
Salem, OR 97306
503-375-5646

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