Go by Kayak
To find the best water trails, pick up a free Tillamook County Water Trail Guidebook, courtesy of the Tillamook Estuaries Partnership. Find kayak launches, directions and kayaking tips for Tillamook Bay, Netarst, Nehalema and Nestucca/Sandlake. And the maps are water proof so you can take them with you. You can order yours online, or find copies at several local merchants including the Tillamook Chamber of Commerce HQ.
Know before you go
To ensure that time spent kayaking is enjoyable for everyone, follow a few simple rules: dress for the weather and avoid wearing cotton (swimwear is ideal); sun screen, hats and sun glasses are always a good idea – even on a cloudy day; wear gloves to avoid blistering, and pack plenty of water and insect repellant. Don’t forget your water trail guide! Cape Meares Lake and Lake Lytle in Rockaway Beach are both great options for beginners. Spring Lake in Rockaway Beach is another easy body of water to get your kayaking legs underneath you. Kayak Tillamook offers regular kayaking classes for all levels of skill, and depending on the time of year, you can even find free kayaking tours offered through the Explore Nature Series.