Siletz Bay is a moderately sized estuary approximately 1,461 acres in area.  Its watershed covers about 373 square miles. Major modifications to the bay have come through sedimentation from human activity, mainly logging, and by changes to the shoreline. Much of the land around the bay is now part of the Siletz Bay National Wildlife Refuge. The Siletz River has a native summer steelhead trout run that is unique in Oregon, and is widely known for its excellent fishing.

This bibliography is about the Siletz Bay.  Geographic coverage occasionally ranges upriver, but the primary focus is on the estuary.  The Siletz Bay Bibliography attempts to identify research on the physical and biological aspects of the Siletz River and estuary, with an emphasis on fisheries and natural resources. The period covered extends from Theodore Talbot’s 1849 trip through the region up to the present date.   Over 50% of the references given are available online.  We continue to add to the bibliography as items are found or brought to our attention. Please send us citations you believe should be included.

Using the bibliography:

You can search a web version of the Siletz Bay Bibliography. 

Using the search box in the web version:

The search box is working for title and keyword searches. To search for an exact phrase, put it in quotes.  Ex.:  Salmon Creek picks up the many records that contain the words 'salmon' and 'creek.'  Searching by "Salmon Creek" picks up records that contain the phrase 'Salmon Creek.'

To search for authors, click on "Authors" or the left side of the page, then click on the letter of the alphabet that begins the author's last name.  You can also click on "Keywords" on the left and scroll to see the keywords used.

Keyword searches: “Historical” is used instead of history, in order not to confuse history references with life history information about organisms. “Archeology” is preferred over “archaeology.”  For the sandspit at the mouth of the bay, “Siletz Spit”  is used instead of “Salishan Spit.”

To search text versions of the bibliography, click on the links below:

The Siletz Bay Bibliography sorted by date published         

The Siletz Bay Bibliography sorted alphabetically by author

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