Clay Creek Picnic Area
Fees: Camping - $10 per day, $5 per extra vehicle (maximum 3 vehicles per campsite)
The Clay Creek Recreation Site is nestled in the Coast Range of Oregon between Eugene and the Oregon coast. Located at the confluence of Clay Creek and the Siuslaw River, this recreation site offers a wealth of activities including forest hiking, fishing, wildlife viewing, picnicking and camping.
Clay Creek campground and the surrounding area are home to large canopy trees such as Douglas fir, western hemlock, red cedar, red alder and big leaf maple. The forest understory features a host of native plants like rhododendron, salal, various fern species, salmonberry and vine maple. On the forest floor, oxalis, Calypso orchids and mosses compliment the scenery. A diverse variety of bird life, from the seldom seen pileated woodpecker, northern spotted owl and marbled murrelet, to the ubiquitous Oregon junco, frequent this area. Signs of larger animals, such as raccoon, mink, bear, elk, deer and beaver are evident.
Clay Creek is part of the Siuslaw River watershed that drains water from the Coast Range to the Pacific Ocean. This quiet recreation site offers family camping, as well as large group picnicking in a wooded riverside location. The Clay Creek Trail, created in 1991 for hiking, provides access to a stand of Douglas fir high above the campground and the Siuslaw River.
In addition, Clay Creek offers a summer swimming area with dressing rooms nearby, individual picnic sites, a children’s play area, horseshoe pits, potable water, volleyball area (bring your net and ball) and a ball field.