Walking Tour of the Oyhut Wildlife Recreation Area

July 16th, 2015 at 2:00pm

The seaside village of Oyhut Bay is directly adjacent to the state-owned Oyhut Wildlife Recreation Area. This 683-acre reserve is set aside for wildlife and recreation activities like hunting and birdwatching, and is one of the premier birdwatching areas in the state.

Earlier this month, the Oyhut Bay team was fortunate to take a hike out into the Oyhut with local botanist, Lou Mesmer and local history buff, Tom Quigg. We learned about how the reserve and bay have changed over the years, with the salt marshes disappearing and more water being retained by ever-shifting sand dunes. We also sampled some of the edible flora of the reserve including the aptly named pickle grass.

While some informal trails exist, there are no formal trails through the reserve at this time. We are hoping to work with the Department of Fish and Wildlife to add a regularly maintained trail directly from our community at Oyhut Bay through the reserve.

The walk was complete with blue-skies, salt marshes, soaring hawks and quiet beaches.

The Oyhut Bay crew led by local botanist Lou Mesmer
The Oyhut Bay crew led by local botanist Lou Mesmer
Beach at Oyhut Bay looking towards Damon Point
Beach at Oyhut Bay looking towards Damon Point
White paintbrush in the foreground
White paintbrush in the foreground
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