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Explore the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area from Reedsport/Winchester
Bay. Reedsport is located on Highway 101 in the heart of the Dunes
recreation area, near the mouth of the Umpqua River, famous for
its fishing. Winchester Bay, a tiny town built beside Salmon Harbor,
is the home of the coast's largest sport fishing fleet. Salmon
Harbor is at the mouth of the Umpqua River, one of the largest
rivers between the Columbia River and San Francisco Bay. Small
and rustic, Winchester Bay is a good, inexpensive place to go
for charter deep sea fishing for salmon or bottom fish.
The vast dunes of the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area (ODNRA)
stretch for 40 miles from the mouth of the Siuslaw River south
to Coos Bay. There are 30 freshwater lakes, 40 miles of hiking
trails and over 40 percent of the area is open to off-road vehicles,
making it a favorite tourist destination. Reedsport is the information
hub for the ODNRA, and tips about hiking, dune buggy rental, and
local flora and fauna can be obtained at the ODNRA Visitor Center.
They can also direct you to the best places to enter the dunes
area. If you're looking for fishing, waterskiing or boating, Siltcoos,
Tahkenitch or Ten Mile Lakes are good recreation choices.
The Umpqua Discovery Center is a good place to learn about the
pioneer and logging history of the central coast, as well as about
Just south of Reedsport on Highway 101 is Winchester Bay, at
the mouth of the Umpqua River. This community is a coastal playground
in the heart of the Oregon Dunes. It attract photographers, artists,
crabbers, clam diggers, fishermen, wildlife watchers, beachcombers
and of course, dune buggies! It is also known for Salmon Harbor,
the boat marina.
The Winchester Bay area is located in the heart of the Oregon
Dunes NRA (National Recreation Area - 47 miles stretching from
Florence to North Bend).
The NRA is home to many miles of undisturbed beaches, abundant
wildlife, 30 lakes, 14 developed hiking trails, 13 campgrounds,
11 beach parking areas, and over 10,000 acres of off-highway riding
areas. For ATVers, our dunes offer some of the best riding locations
on the coast.
Fishermen will enjoy going after salmon, bottom fish, sturgeon,
bass, trout and many other varieties of fish. There are many lakes
for those who prefer freshwater fishing: bluegill, steelhead,
cutthroat trout, rainbow trout, catfish, crappie and hybrid bass
are all available. There's also clamming and crabbing - and in
August and September we have the $10,000 Crab Bounty Hunt.
Our beautiful Umpqua River Lighthouse is one of only a few that
feature both red and white beams.
To experience mountains of shifting sand, buried forests, view
rare plants and insects, or just to do some great hiking, fishing
and boating, come to the Reedsport/Winchester Bay area!