Ecola Creek Watershed Council
Ecola Creek Watershed is located in the Southwest corner of
Clatsop County on the northern coast of Oregon about 75 mile
northwest of Portland. Land elevations around Cannon Beach
vary from approximately 10 feet near the pacific coastline
and Ecola Creek (Elk Creek) to as high as 2,500 feet. Cannon
Beach is one of the most visited coastal towns in Oregon.
The breathtaking views and charming downtown area puts Cannon
Beach on many weekend itineraries.
full-time residential population of Cannon Beach is 1,424.
dominant land use zoning in the City of Cannon Beach is comprised
primarily of residential uses. In Ecola Creek Watershed the
predominant land use is commercial forestry. Ecola Creek Watershed
consists of approximately 14,000 acres of which 13,237 acres
are forestlands. The most significant landowner is Weyerhaeuser
Company., which owns 12,255 acres. The Oregon Department of
Forestry owns 957 acres, The City of Cannon Beach owns 763
acres (mostly urban), and Longview Fibre Company owns 25 acres.
Creek Watershed is an important resource providing municipal
water to the City of Cannon Beach, while also providing recreational
opportunities like fishing, and hiking. The Department of
Fish and Wildlife consider Ecola Creek West Fork a core area
for coho salmon.
Ecola Creek Watershed Assessment is the outcome of countless
hours of community involvement. It's the only assessment in
Oregon completed without hiring an independent consulting
firm. Rather, the council decided to hire local knowledgeable
personnel and stay closely tied to the project. The results
are a very usable manual directing the council to fulfill
it's mission of watershed restoration.
the assessment here.