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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.
Logsden is a small unincorporated community in Lincoln County, Oregon. It is approximately 21 road-miles northeast of Newport, 8 miles east of Siletz, and 4 miles southeast of Lincoln County Moonshine Park. The Logsden population was 150 in June of 2014.
Tidewater is an unincorporated community located approximated eleven river-miles east of the Pacific Ocean on the Alsea River. It is not part of any municipality. It gets its name from the fact that ocean water pushes all the way up to that part of the river at high tide. Even so, the river there is much less salty than seawater, because seawater from incoming tides is diluted by fresh water flowing down the river.
The upper Alsea River is a well known destination for steelhead fishing, salmon fishing is popular in the lower river, sea run cutthroat trout can be found throughout, and fishing is a common interest of many Tidewater community residents. Many homes there have private fishing piers, boat docks, and/or boat ramps on the river. However, fishing is not the only interest. It is an area of outstanding natural beauty with a rich variety of wildlife. The past twenty years Lois Tulleners has operated a rescue facility for Arctic wolves at Tidewater called the White Wolf Sanctuary and Educational Facility.
Tidewater can be reached from the Oregon Coast by driving approximately 10-miles east from Waldport on State Route 34 or from the Willamette Valley by driving 47-miles southwest from Philomath on State Route 34 via the community of Alsea. The entire route from Waldport to Philomath is beautiful going either direction, but is especially so between the Coast and Alsea. There are multiple day-use areas and campgrounds and plenty of things of interest for anyone who enjoys interfacing with nature.