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Kerwin Creek Crossing

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

Kerwin Creek on the Oregon Coast Trail (Steve Hart)


Kerwin Creek is a small creek in Oswald West State Park. It runs into Smugglers Cove. Visitors in spring are treated to beautiful displays of skunk-cabbage.

Kerwin Creek is named after State Parks ranger John "Jack" Kerwin, who was critically wounded during a murderous attack in the Oswald West campground area in April, 1999. He survived two bullets to the head to continue to work for Oregon State Parks. Tragically, his partner Dan Blumenthal was also shot at point blank range, but did not survive - he was the first Oregon State Parks ranger to be killed in the line of duty.

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