Even when we are stuck in a weather pattern with persistent northerly winds you can still find a place to paddle on the southern Oregon coast. On Wednesday SCT and local Coos Bay kayaker John Schlesinger guided 8 happy paddlers from Charleston to the upper reaches of the South Slough of Coos Bay.
It was an easy ride as the northerly breeze was at our backs and we had the incoming tide to aid us in the 4.5 mile paddle. The South Slough is oriented north to south so it is a great place to ride the north winds as you explore a protected land a sea scape. The South Slough Estuarine Research Reserve was the first national estuarine research reserve and is home to many different types of wildlife. Ont his tour we saw Belted Kingfishers, Osprey, Great Blue Herons, Egrets, Brown Pelicans and a few curious Harbor Seals followed us on our paddle.