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Coyote Rock RV Resort & Marina LLC is located on the banks of the beautiful Siletz River just outside the central Oregon coastal town of Lincoln City. Nestled in a canyon where the river meets the bay, the historical landmark of Coyote Rock sits looking out on the natural loveliness of wooded hills where deer and other forest creatures abound. It sits there looking down on the river otters playing and sees the blue heron fishing in the early mornings with the rising mist. It sits covered with trees, a giant sentinel, and waits for Coyote….
Coyote Rock was first opened in 1939, thirty some years before the movie “Sometimes a Great Notion” with Paul Newman and Henry Fonda was made. The film chronicled the lives and tribulations of a family of loggers in the Pacific Northwest. In the early 70’s, when the film was shot, the “movie house” on the other side of the river was built solely as a set, without water or electricity. Many owners over the years have added the necessities for living. The Siletz river played a large part in the plot of the movie and, if you look carefully, you’ll be able to recognize Coyote Rock’s place on the river although it is not mentioned specifically in the film. It was around that same time that Robin Reed, Oregon’s first Olympic gold medalist, further developed Coyote Rock as a “fish camp”.
Today, Coyote Rock RV Resort & Marina is home to some of the finest fishing in the country, and the spring and fall chinook runs on the beautiful Siletz river are well known. The Siletz River, originally Silis meaning “black bear”, is approximately 90 miles long, winding its way from the Coast Range down the Gorge and its rugged canyons, past the rapids and boulders, through the shallows with pebbled bottoms, down through pretty valleys with timbered hills into the ebb and flow of tidewater and finally to the Siletz Bay and the sea.
In the old days, there was a boat building yard and a fish cannery operating on the Siletz as well as commercial fishing boats. The dock at Mo’s restaurant was kept busy by the river and bay traffic, and in the river you can still see the pilings where commercial places plied their trades. Nowadays, the only things that are left from those days are the pilings and the names of the spots where you can almost always catch a big one. The “Boat works”, “Cannery”, “Movie House” and “Duck Point” are all deep holes
where salmon can be found. Coyote Rock itself has a very deep hole where not only salmon but sturgeon are found waiting to be caught.