South Slough Interpretive Center

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61907 Seven Devils Road

Charleston, OR 97420

Contact Info:

Phone: 541-888-5558 
Fax: 541-888-5559


The Interpretive Center is open Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10:00 am to 4:30 pm.
Exceptions include state furlough days and holidays; and scheduling shifts to accomodate these required closures for our education staff. Visit the website to view schedule closures.

Place Description:

Where fresh and salt water mix...

The mission of South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve is to improve the understanding and stewardship of Pacific Northwest estuaries and coastal watersheds. The 4,800 acre Reserve encompasses a mixture of open water channels, tidal and freshwater wetlands, riparian areas, and forested uplands.

SSNERR actively supports and coordinates research, education, and stewardship programs which serve to enhance a scientific and public understanding of estuaries and contribute to improved estuarine management.

Visitors can find answers to all of their natural resource and conservation questions and satiate their estuarine curiosities at our Interpretive Center. A variety of maps and brochures are available at no charge, detailing South Slough hiking and water trails, local flora and fauna, and tide charts, just in case you wanted to go tidepooling later. Staff and volunteers are on hand to provide detailed local information, and knowledge about the National Estuarine Research Reserve System as well. We will do our best to help make your visit fun  and educational! You are welcome to explore the estuary through the interpretive center, trails and waterways, programs, and online resources

South Slough sign
South Slough water view