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Swimming and hiking near Newport

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Swimming and hiking near Newport

Hi. We will be in Newport in July and are looking for some good hikes and swimming holes. Please advise!

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1. Re: Swimming and hiking near Newport

Best hikes on beach. Can't swim in ocean

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2. Re: Swimming and hiking near Newport

The ocean is generally too cold for "real" swimming, although people do splash around in the shallows. I don't know if people swim in Olalla Lake or not.

Hiking - you can hike some at Yaquina Head, Mike Miller park just south of town, Drift Creek falls area up by Lincoln City, Cape Perpetua near Yachats, and just east of Waldport is Drift Creek Wilderness that has a number of trails (not the same place as Drift Creek by Lincoln City).

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Yeah, you can swin=m in the ocean but it would not be comfortable. The ocean at this part of the coast stays very cold year around.

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4. Re: Swimming and hiking near Newport

That would be "swim" not "swin=m". Hee hee!

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Thanks! Any river swimming? What about the bay?

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Try Moonshine Lincoln County Parks towards Logsden from Siletz great little park with swimming hole. Blackberry campground approx mp.18 hwy 34 out of Waldport also pulloff at mp 16 hwy 34 used to be called Hootnany by locals sand beach and rapids to run. All places this far inland will be 10 to 20 degrees warmer than beach. Oceans and bays are very cold year round and tides and currents are dangerous.

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7. Re: Swimming and hiking near Newport

There are swimming places in the Alsea River (Waldport) about 10+ miles inland. I think there also may be some swimming spots inland on the Yaquina River and those would be on the east side of Toledo, near Elk City. There are two county parks on the river.

People also swim in the Siletz River, about 25 minutes inland. Moonshine Park is quite popular... www.co.lincoln.or.us/lcparks/moonshine.html

You may be getting the idea that for the most part, outside swimming right at the beach is too cold. Once you go inland a few miles, the air temp is much, much warmer - it may be upper 80's to even low 90's in Siletz :-)

I don't think I've ever seen anybody swimming in Yaquina Bay. Too cold!

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8. Re: Swimming and hiking near Newport

LOL, oregoncoasty types faster than I do ;-)

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Thanks!

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You could drive up to Lincoln City and swim in Devils Lake. There are state and county parks at a couple places around the lake. That would be safer than swimming in a river. Just an idea.