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At the north end of beach in Manzanita, Peregrine Point’s lush green forest rises from the sand. Lower Nehalem Community Trust manages this parcel which extends the protected lands of Oswald West State Park, the gateway to the newly established Cape Falcon Marine Reserve, creating a conservation corridor across land and sea.

Join the Lower Nehalem Community Trust (LNCT) and Friends of Cape Falcon Marine Reserve for an easy 1 mile beach walk and explore the intersection of these protected areas. A nice morning low tide will allow the group to explore tidepools at the north end of the beach. Bright purple seastars, yellow sea slugs, crabs, and an array of algae thrive at the intersection of the new ocean reserve site and Peregrine Point.

Come discover how Oregon’s coastline weaves with the land around it. Our coastal zone welcomes the return of ocean dwelling salmon to local rivers, seasonal migrating whales, and countless birds living within our watershed. Join us as we explore this piece of the coastline and share about our efforts to conserve the coastal margin!

Hosted by Friends of Cape Falcon MR and Lower Nehalem Community Trust, this event is part of the Explore Nature series of hikes, walks, paddles and outdoor adventures. Explore Nature events are hosted by a consortium of volunteer community and non-profit organizations, and are meaningful nature-based experiences highlight the unique beauty of Tillamook County and the work being done to preserve and conserve the area’s natural resources and natural resource-based economy. Learn more at www.explorenaturetillamook

Questions? Contact or call 541-231-8041.

Cost: FREE! Tax-deductible donations to Lower Nehalem Community Trust and the Friends of Cape Falcon Marine Reserve are encouraged but not required.

Oh My Gosh What a Summer!


The Gang!


Cruising by the Eland


Nice Smile!

Time for a Swim


SUP PADDLE     —–            JULY 5TH

The launch site for Nehalem.

The launch site for Nehalem.











This is going to be a paddle designed for those that are somewhat athletic but have never paddled before.
More information available upon sign up!
call 503 368-4777 or email


Hello Plungers and want to be plungers:
Its that time of year again, anticipation is growing, but its best not think about it too much unless you are considering what they will wear to the Annual New Years Day Polar Plunge.
Costumes are getting popular and very in.

Here is the jist of the event:
11am Plunge Time but 10:30 start to gather time.
Neahkahnie Beach just north of the intersection of Reed Rd and Nehalem Rd, look for the fire.
Oh, New Years Day!

More info: We have created a couple of “rules”, not really but kind of:
Everyone strips down to the plunge attire prior to the photo opps and there are many!
We gather together for long enough that all the exciting energy reaches an explosive level, then together we run like the crazies we are into the great waiting Pacific Ocean. Then the suggestion is you plunge which looks much like the photo below. If you have a person with that is about the same age as your shoe size, hold their hand. And if anyone sees someone that could use a hand hold then go ahead, we are in this together. Another piece of advice that we like to strongly offer: no one stays out in the water more then 240 seconds. That’s about it, dress warm and hang out by the fire and high five, hug and laugh!
One more thing whoever it was that brought me a toilet plunger from the house they were staying in thinking it would be cool for me to hold it – don’t!
This does go on no matter what the weather and this is our Tenth Year!
Any questions? yea contact me.
Suggestions? nah!
Why do this? see below!
Janice Gaines spa manzanita 503 368-4777
oh one more thing, this is a non-organized event that is a fun raiser and not anything more. — in Neahkahnie Beach, OR.


Gift Certificates

A Gift of Stand Up Paddling!

A Gift of Stand Up Paddling!

What a great gift idea, a stand up paddle lesson or tour with Janice Gaines of SUP Manzanita.

Contact us with any questions:

503 368.4777


Mornings on the Nehalem River


We have had some perfect morning SUP sessions. Yesterday I went up to the eagle nest 3 miles up the NF of Nehalem and was treated to the visuals of the two baby eagles out on a tree across the river from their nest. I think they are just now getting out on their own. Wish I had a shot of this but it happened too fast and I was taking it in all to myself.

Glassy conditions!

The Sky from the Water or the World is Up Side Down

Nehalem River Mouth

Mike and I did a great paddle June 16th out to the mouth of the Nehalem River.

It was perfect conditions. Light wind, easy going tides and plenty of sunshine.

What a beautiful morning for a SUP paddle!

Mike cruising the shore.


White Sand Beaches Of Nehalem River

Janice at the mouth of the Nehalem River.