Alsea, Oregon is an unincorporated community on the Alsea River in Benton County. It is not part of any municipality. It is located on Oregon Route 34 that extends from Waldport on the Oregon Coast to the city of Lebanon in the Willamette Valley. The driving time to the Coast is usually about 50 minutes. Philomath is about a 25-minute drive to the northeast. Corvallis is about ten-minutes further and that drive therefore generally takes about 35 minutes.
If you want ‘big-city’ living, Alsea isn’t your place, but if you have had enough of big cities and want to connect with nature you may love Alsea. The total population at the 2010 Census was 164. The primary industry used to be logging, but Alsea River steelhead fishing attracts people from far away and Alsea is often thought of now primarily as a great place to go steelhead fishing.
Even though Alsea is not directly on the Coast, it is closely associated. People on the Coast often go to Alsea to fish for steelhead. People in Alsea come to the Coast to dig clams, catch crab, or fish for salmon, tuna, halibut or other fish at sea.