Sixes River Estuary



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About the Sixes River Estuary

The Sixes River estuary is located on the Oregon coast at Sixes. The estuary is approximately 330 acres in area and has a watershed of approximately 129 square miles.

The Sixes River estuary is designated as a Natural estuary under the Oregon Estuary Classification system. The geomorphology of the area is that of a Blind estuary.

The Sixes River estuary is located in Curry County. The formerly mining centered economy of Curry County has largely reoriented to agriculture and timber. Port Orford cedar (Lawson Cypress) and myrtlewood are important export products. Port districts were established at Port Orford in 1919 and Gold Beach in 1955. The county has excellent grazing areas for raising cattle and sheep. The county also produces blueberries, horticultural nursery stock, and ninety percent of all Easter lilies raised in the United States. Vacation and recreational possibilities in the county draw tourists to the area and provide additional economic diversity. The first county census in 1860 showed a population of 393 in Curry County. There has been a steady increase in population with the 1997 population given at 22,200, a 14.9% increase over 1990.

Just south of the Sixes River Estuary, Cape Blanco's plateau juts more than a mile to sea. The historic day-use area there includes a lighthouse and sweeping views, with a nearby state park campground. The Oregon Coast Trail provides hiking opportunities, and sea birds and a variety of migratory birds stop by the prominent headland.


Data for the Sixes River Estuary
[36 Records Listed]

Sixes River Estuary GIS Data
Data Layer
Source
Scale
Year
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USGS
24,000
1994
USGS
24,000
1999
ODFW
24,000
2003
ODFW
24,000
2003
REO
24,000
2002
REO
24,000
2002
PSMFC
100,000
2001
Ecotrust
3,000,000
1985
ODFW
100,000
2002
OSUCLAMS
24,000
2000
USGS
2,000,000
1980
ODF
24,000
2000
USGS
24,000
1996
ODFW
100,000
1997
ONHP
100,000
1851-1909
OWRD
100,000
2001
USFS
126,720
1993
FEMAT
100,000
1994
FEMAT
24,000
1993
FEMAT
100,000
1993
BLM
24,000
2002
FEMAT
126,720
1993
USGS
100,000
1990
EPA
100,000
1996
ODOT
24,000
2003
ODFW
100,000
1996
OWRD
24,000
1998
ODFW
100,000
2002
ONHP
250,000
2003
USGS
500,000
1996
USGS
2,000,000
1997
OCMP
0.25 m
2005
OCMP
50,000
2014
OCMP
50,000
2014
OCMP
50,000
2014
OCMP
50,000
2014

[36 Records Listed]


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