From Coos Bay, drive 24 miles south on US 101 to Bandon. Continue south past Bandon 5 miles to Croft Road. Turn right (west) on Croft Road. Continue down road until you reach a “Y” intersection in 1.5 miles (road turns to gravel). Take the right fork past the cranberry bogs, passing through a gate and around a bend to the New River BLM interpretive area/greeting center. Maps and trail information are located at the kiosk next to the site host.
Setting and Attractions:
New River is an 1100-acre Area of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC), an area that the Bureau of Land Management has determined is requires special attention for entire ecosystems, plants or animals. New River offers excellent opportunities for visitors to experience and appreciation for coastal habitats and species within them. A careful observer to the area may see a bald eagle, western lily, peregrine falcon, western pond turtle, a western snowy plover, or numerous other species.
The Old Bog Trail begins off of the Muddy Lake Trail in an open meadow. Enjoy the vistas of the Coast Range and of the Pacific Ocean as you travel through the salal and manzanita plant communities. Near the end of the trail on your left, you will see old cranberry bogs. The Westmoor Cranberry Bogs were planted around 1915 and are significant historic resources. These are some of the oldest bogs in the area and contain the stankevich variety of cranberry, developed at New River by crossing wild and domesticated vines.
For more information, trail conditions and maps contact: Coos Bay District BLM at (541)756-0100 or visit their web site at www.or.blm.gov/coosbay/