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About Dunes City, Oregon

Beach Play by Maggie Frassetto Cline

Historic Westlake District

The Historic Westlake District is an unincorporated community within Dunes City.  In the 50s large swaths of land were slated for National Parks, but not all area residents were willing to accept the prices offered by the government. To skirt eminent domain laws, the coastal residents incorporated into a functioning municipality known as Dunes City. The town was formally organized in 1963, with a town council meeting hosted by Dr. E.S. Strong at his Woahink Lake residence. The first Mayor was Phil Himmel.

Dunes City Today

The Dunes City population is just over 1,300 residents. The most visible business besides the dune buggy companies is Lakeshore Myrtlewood right on Highway 101. There is also the Cleawox Market, K-G's One Stop market/Texaco and a nursery.

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.

Dunes City is also home to the Oregon Dunes Triathlon and Duathlon.

Siltcoos Lake by Terri DippelSiltcoos 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.