Rock Creek Wilderness

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Rock Creek Wilderness
IUCN category Ib (wilderness area)
Map showing the location of Rock Creek Wilderness
Map showing the location of Rock Creek Wilderness
Location Lane County, Oregon, USA
Nearest city Yachats, Oregon
Coordinates 44°10′49″N 124°03′21″W / 44.18028°N 124.05583°W / 44.18028; -124.05583Coordinates: 44°10′49″N 124°03′21″W / 44.18028°N 124.05583°W / 44.18028; -124.05583
Area 7,486 acres (3,029 ha)
Established 1984
Governing body United States Forest Service

The Rock Creek Wilderness is a wilderness area comprising 7,486 acres (3,029 ha) within the Siuslaw National Forest on the Oregon Coast. It was created in 1984, along with the Drift Creek Wilderness and Cummins Creek Wilderness.[1]

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Rock Creek Wilderness is characterized by steep slopes, dense forest, and thick brush. Two streams (Rock Creek and Big Creek), separated by a broad ridge, traverse the area and flow westward to the Pacific Ocean.[1][2]

Vegetation[edit]

Rock Creek Wilderness is primarily coniferous rainforest with dense ground cover. Bigleaf Maple and Red Alder trees line both creeks. Old-growth Douglas-fir can be found in the eastern portion of this area, giving away to old-growth Sitka Spruce closer to the ocean. Other vegetation include Salal, Salmonberry, Western Swordfern, and rhododendron.[1]

Wildlife[edit]

One unique inhabitant of this area is the Oregon silverspot butterfly. These endangered orange-and-brown butterflies can be found on the ridge between the creeks. Salmon, steelhead, and coastal cutthroat trout migrate upstream along both creeks each year to spawn.[1]

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