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Lunch and launch, at Netarts Bay

Published on September 13, 2017 12:41PM

As summer winds down, the Friends of Netarts Bay still have several opportunities for people interested in exploring the area’s natural wonder.

On Saturday, Sept. 16, the group will lead its last Art of Growing Oysters tour of the season, offering a behind-the-scenes look at how oysters are grown in the Pacific Northwest. This final tour features a dock walk with the Community Supported Fishery, a tour of Pacific Seafood’s boats and concludes at the new oyster and wine bar, Source.

The tour will run from 10 am to 2:30 pm. Participants should be prepared to walk on uneven, wet and muddy surfaces. To register, go to EventBrite.Com and search for “Friends of Netarts Bay”

On Saturday, Sept. 23, Kayak Tillamook will lead a kayak tour of the Netarts Bay entrance, taking advantage of the last of outgoing tide toward the mouth of bay. Participants will stop on the way to see marine life such as kelp and Dungeness crab, filtering shellfish and aquatic vegetation that lives in the shallow waters of the cove. On the way back, the group will paddle the incoming tides past harbor seals lounging on the sand bar before heading back to the launch site.

The tour will run from 8 to 11:30 am, with kayaks and gear available to borrow.

And from 8 am to 1 pm the same day, Kayak Tillamook will lead adventurous kayakers on an excursion to visit sand dollar beds. The first half of this challenging trip takes advantage of an incoming tide, flushing participants far up into the inner bay. Participants should be prepared for anything, including short portages and using teamwork to carry the kayaks. On the return trip, the group will be paddling against a mild incoming tidal current and potentially a Northwest wind.

To register for either tour, email marc@kayaktillamook.com, including either “Kayak Netarts Bay: Bay Entrance” or “Kayak Netarts Bay: Sand Dollar” in the subject line.

These events are part of the Explore Nature series of hikes, walks, paddles and outdoor adventures. Learn more at www.explorenaturetillamookCoast.com.

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