Bureau of Land Management National Park Service U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service U.S. Forest Service

Nestucca River, Oregon

Managing Agency:

Bureau of Land Management


Designated Reach:

March 12, 2019. From its confluence with Ginger Creek downstream until it crosses the western edge of T 4 S, R 7 W, Section 7, Willamette Meridian.


Classification/Mileage:

Recreational — 15.5 miles; Total — 15.5 miles.

Nestucca River

Photo Credit: Greg Shine, Bureau of Land Management

Nestucca River

The Nestucca River originates in the northern Oregon Coast Range and flows 50 miles, draining the western slope of range in Yamhill and Tillamook Counties. The river impounded has been near its headwaters to create McGuire Reservoir, the primary water source for the city of McMinnville. The river flows generally west through BLM and USFS administered land, past the communities of Beaver, Hebo, and Cloverdale before entering Nestucca Bay and draining into the Pacific Ocean.

This 15.5 mile section of the Nestucca River is a key feature of the larger Nestucca River Recreation Area. The Nestucca River Back Country Byway parallels the wild and scenic river and provides access to recreational activities—including 37 campsites and fishing areas—at the Alder Glen, Dovre, Fan Creek and Elk Bend Recreation Sites.