Smelt Sands State Rolled Canvas Prints
Smelt Sands State Recreation Site is a state park in the US state Oregon. The state park has opened an area of 3.5 hectares and is open all year. Smelt Sands State Recreation Site was established in 1972 and is administered by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. Each year, the state park attracts about 300,000 visitors. Smelt Sands State Recreation Site is a beach located on the northern edge of Yachats. At one time large numbers of smelt (a small relative of the salmon) came ashore here during annual runs. These runs have diminished in recent years. The beach can be reached by walking the historic 804 Trail, 0.75 miles (1.21 km) one way, from the parking area to the south end of the park. In January 2013 the Coastal Safety Marker was installed in Smelt Sands State Park to remind visitors about the danger of sneaker waves. The Marker tells the story of two high school seniors from Eugene, Oregon, who was hit by a sneaker wave and drowned here on February 5, 2011. At one time, the Yachats 804 Trail was part of the major "thoroughfare" running between Yachats and Alsea Bay in Waldport, 8 miles (13 km) to the north. For many centuries it was used by Native Americans traveling between the bay and the Yachats River (but only during low tide). Later it was called County Road 804 when it was used for carriage and buggy traffic from the late 19th century until U.S. Highway 101 was built in the 1930s. Today the historic trail is a footpath that provides views of crashing surf, tidal pools, and native vegetation. Part of the Oregon Coast Trail system, it is maintained by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. It extends 0.75 miles (1.21 km) north from a public parking area in Smelt Sands State Recreation Area.