Overview of Siuslaw River

Siuslaw River

Siuslaw River
USA West


Site Review by
 Edward J. Palumbo
Date: 11/30/2003


Site Condition
(1=worst, 5=best)

Name:  Edward J. Palumbo Entry:    5.00
Email:   Click Here Bottom:    2.00
City:   Tualatin Reef:    2.00
State:   Oregon Animal:    3.00
Country:   USA Plant:    2.00
Diving:   17 years Facilities:    3.00
 Dives:   200 Solitude   4.00
    Roads:    5.00


*Average:    2.97
Found the site with the assistance of Central Coast Watersports on Hwy 101 in Florence. Entry at high slack was facilitated by defunct fish ladder, floored with concrete by a coordinated volunteer effort. Visibility on three dives was disappointingly poor. Divers operate beneath sport fishing and crab boats; a safety flag/float is appropriate and recommended. Excellent site for crab, but the bottom is sandy/silty, without hiding places for life that often provides the foundation for a diverse marine environment. Without habitat enhancement or remediation, this site will not fully develop as an underwater park. Current is an issue. If not dived at slack, this is a drift dive. Marine life was not particularly abundant during my visits. Restroom facility was a single Port-a-potty. Parking was adequate for a dozen or more vehicles. I agree that high slack is the best time for uncomplicated entry/egress. Fine site for a family picnic while diver(s) are below. Nearest air refills and supplies at Central Coast Watersports. Initially difficult site to find, but well worth the visit. Good site for crabbing, but limited viz favors the confident or experienced diver. Exercise care with boats overhead.    

Enjoyment Level

Snorkel:    3.00
Beginner:    3.00
Intermediate:    3.00
Advanced:    4.00
Night diving:    3.00

Seasonal Information

Season:    Spring
Year:    2003
Visibility:    2.00
Current:    2.00
Surf:    4.00

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