The Rock Creek Wilderness (7,486 acres) is one of three small wilderness areas established on the Siuslaw National Forest by Act of Congress in 1984. The Rock Creek Wilderness is located in the Oregon Coast Range south of Waldport and north of Florence, Oregon. Pristine rain forest canyons run with crystalline water pouring into either Rock Creek itself in the heart of the Wilderness or Big Creek on the southern boundary. Mossy bigleaf maple and red alder hang suspended over both creeks as they make their way toward the salty waves of the Pacific Ocean. Look carefully for Oregon silverspot butterflies on the tall ridge between Rock and Big Creeks; these orange-and-brown butterflies live only here and in two other places on earth. Near the coast, tremendous old-growth Sitka spruce sometimes reach nine feet in diameter, giving way to old Douglas fir farther inland. Pink-blossomed rhododendron bloom in May, joining salal, salmonberry, and swordfern in their efforts to keep the ground perpetually shaded. Salmon, steelhead, and cutthroat trout migrate up creek to spawn in vast numbers. Fog cools the area almost all of every summer; and winters are snowless. There are no Forest Service developed or maintained trails in the Rock Creek Wilderness.
Leave No Trace
How to follow the seven standard Leave No Trace principles differs in different parts of the country (desert vs. Rocky Mountains). Click on any of the principles listed below to learn more about how they apply in the Rock Creek Wilderness.
Digital and paper maps are critical tools for wilderness visitors. Online maps can help you plan and prepare for your visit ahead of time. You can also carry digital maps with you on your GPS unit or other handheld GPS device. Having a paper map with you in the backcountry, as well as solid orienteering skills, however, ensures that you can still route-find in the event that your electronic device fails.
Motorized equipment and equipment used for mechanical transport is generally prohibited in all wilderness areas.
This includes the use of motor vehicles, motorboats, motorized equipment, bicycles, hang gliders, wagons, carts, portage wheels, and the landing of aircraft including helicopters.
Oregon Wilderness Act of 1984 - Public law 98-328 (6/26/1984) To designate certain national forest system lands in the State of Oregon for inclusion in the National Wilderness Preservation
System, and for other purposes