Siletz Bay near Lincoln City on Highway 101 is a great family friendly beach option.
It’s right next to Mo’s Seafood, a restaurant that has got their operations locked down, I mean they get you in and out – fast- and the food is reliably good. Get the clam chowder in a bread bowl. Of course if you have kiddos be warned that even though the wait is only ever 10 minutes at peak holiday times, you will be forced to go through their gift shop to get to your table. Brilliant business.
There’s parking near the restaurant with public bathrooms. The lot does get filled up early, but it was pretty easy to find street parking near there. My definition of easy street parking is a ginormous amount of space that you can pull straight into. No backing up or parallel parking.
And the beach is not windy. I will post about these other beaches on the Oregon Coast where I felt like I was lost in a wild sandstorm, and then had the brilliant idea to lose my iphone. But anyways Siletz Bay is relatively more protected from the beach, and while I usually would strongly recommend bringing some kind of umbrella/tent/ shade, this beach is fine for lounging about with just a towel.
One thing that is very interesting about Siletz Bay is how much it changes from low tide to high tide. Here we are just hanging out on this enormous stretch of sand with no neighbors as typical of the OR coast.
It almost looks like we could just wade across to that peninsula/sand bar that is in the distance. But come high tide, and then the beach becomes a bay.
I was shocked how far inland the water comes in. What was a fun splash through some puddles to get to where we were sunbathing earlier in the day, would have been a full on potential Darwin Award ordeal to ford the bay during high tide.
These changes make Siletz Bay a very interesting place to explore, with these cool pools and ripples that form during low tide.
And speaking of Darwin Awards, my favorite part of Siletz Bay are the three rock formations that are near the road.
During low tide, you can simply walk from the parking lot near Mo’s all the way to this area.
There’s actually another parking lot on 101 that is directly adjacent to this area. But I guess they don’t really want people to hike down this part, because the path is pretty steep and they actually have completely blocked off the entrance with a wooden fence.
I had an awesome time climbing these rocks and perching along side these trees to get a spectacular view of the bay.
But climbing down from there was a bit more precarious than I would have liked.