The Alsea River runs approximately 50 miles westward near the Siuslaw National Forest before emptying into the Alsea Bay near the town of Waldport. It is paralleled by Highway 34 for the majority of the time. The river features steelhead, Chinook salmon, and Coho. The Chinook are most prevalent August through October and the steelhead begin in the end of fall and run into the late winter months. The steelhead are generally smaller on this river with fish around the five to eight pound range. Because of this, light tackle is a great option on this river which is best fished with drift boats but also offers bank access at the parks and boat launches. The upper section from Mill Creek Park to Salmonberry Boat Landing is a great option in the late winter months.