(Tillamook County, OR ) – Tillamook Estuaries Partnership (TEP) is raising awareness about our local bays as we approach National Estuaries Week, September 18-25. Each week, a different estuary is profiled on social media and here on the Pioneer.
Netarts Bay is highlighted this week. Did you know:
•Netarts Bay is relatively small, at just under four square miles. There are 14 streams and tributaries that encompass the entire 19-mile watershed.
•A paddle around Netarts Bay offers more than meets the eye. The clarity of the water allows viewing of underwater life from the dry seat of your craft. Seals are often perched beachside in several locations inside the bay.
•People come from all around to seek out the flavorful dungeness crab and the broad assortment of bay clams including cockles, gapers, little necks, butters and soft-shells.

Maps can be found online if you’re targeting a specific species! Be sure to have your shellfish license, know your bag limits, and check the tides before you go.
Follow TEP’s estuary profiles on Facebook and Instagram. Tag two friends and you will automatically be entered to win a free raffle ticket. which may be used during TEP’s upcoming “Celebrate the Bounty of the Bays” fundraising event.
Tillamook Estuaries Partnership is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the conservation and restoration of Tillamook County’s watersheds through active stewardship, scientific inquiry, community engagement, and education.