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From the tiny town of Dunes City, explore two of Oregon's amazing natural wonders: the Oregon Dunes and Siltcoos Lake.
Included within the Siuslaw National Forest, the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area stretches for 40 miles (64 km), the largest coastal sand dunes in North America. Dunes City is a convenient point of entry into the dunes with many sand parks, campgrounds and trail heads. The sandy terrain is popular for off-road vehicles (we recommend a dune buggy ride!), hiking, photography, stargazing and camping. Jessie M. Honeyman State Park is nearby, a great place to camp right on the edge of the sand dunes.
Siltcoos Lake is Oregon's largest coastal lake, covering 3,200 acres (1,295 ha) and supporting trophy-size bass, perch, salmon and trout. Several state fishing records have been set here! Launch a boat, kayak or canoe into the lake's tranquil waters and paddle the Siltcoos River Canoe Trail. Encircling the lake and crossing its tributaries is a network of nature trails encompassed by cool evergreen forests popular with birders and mushroom hunters. A sparkling collection of jewel-like lakes in the vicinity include Woahink and Cleawox.
All along the Dunes City coastline, freshwater creeks empty into the Pacific Ocean, supporting intricate silty ecosystems. Discover mixed water marshes and peer into coastal tidepools. Bring a bucket for clamming and join locals harvesting the ocean for shellfish.
Around Dunes City, motels, RV parks and campgrounds offer convenient lodging. A few restaurants and retail shops make up the crux of the community. Located just six miles south of Florence, visitors enjoy easy access to shopping and conveniences while relaxing in nature. For additional local assistance contact Dunes City visitor information.