Recreational Opportunities

BEACH COMBING & TIDE POOLING

The rocks at the south end of the ocean beach provide spectacular tide pooling opportunities during low tide. Consult tide chart for low tide times during visit. Please leave all living creatures in the tide pools for all to see. Tread lightly and avoid damaging barnacles and rock habitats. Do not enter caves, climb on rock cliffs or stand near unstable cliffs.

Beach Safety Guidelines:

  • Never turn your back on the ocean.
  • Watch out for “sneaker” waves.
  • Stay alert for logs being washed in by large waves.
  • Never climb on driftwood to avoid incoming tidal waters.
  • Westwind strongly recommends no ocean or river swimming: the water is dangerously cold, subject to strong rip currents and can be very unpredictable.
  • Westwind strongly recommends a certified lifeguard on duty for aquatic activities.
  • We encourage everyone to follow these safety guidelines but oceans and rivers in Oregon are public.

HIKING

High Meadow Trail: A one-mile trail that originates at the top of the Highlands Unit leads along the cliffs to Lost Lake, High Meadow and Agate Cove. This trail provides spectacular views of the ocean, and High Meadow is particularly suited for whale and sunset watching. The trail is very steep in places and can be slick. Moderate difficulty.

Rainforest Trail: A two-mile trail (graveled emergency roadway) begins at the NE corner of the lodge, featuring spectacular views of the estuary and some of the biggest trees at Westwind. If you explore far enough, you reach a pasture and two houses (occupied by Site Managers). The trail is a beginner’s trail – gradual slopes.

Wysong Corridor: This trail links the High Meadow and Rainforest trails and travels through a unique patch of Douglas Fir.

Estuary Trail:  The estuary trail travels along the northern Westwind boundary parallel to the Salmon River. This trail is often muddy due to tides. It is not unusual to see bald eagles, blue herons, and killdeer. In the early morning or evening you may also spot raccoons or deer.

CANOES AND KAYAKS:

Boats are available for rent from Westwind. Groups also may bring their own boats and gear. Use of Westwind equipment or personal use of equipment while at Westwind is entirely at your own risk (and state laws must be followed with regards to small craft safety and use of Personal Floatation Devices). Westwind strongly recommends a certified lifeguard on duty for aquatic activities and encourages everyone to follow these safety guidelines but oceans and rivers in Oregon are public. Westwind also strongly recommends a certified instructor for watercraft activities.

OTHER ACTIVITIES:

    • Guided hikes
    • Archery
    • Glass fusing
    • Challenge course & tree climbing

Additional rates may apply and not all activities may be available at all times of the year. Please coordinate with Westwind’s Guest Services Coordinator to organize extra activities for your group during your stay.

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