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541.484.5307 · 800.547.5445 · EugeneCascadesCoast.org
Adventure Center/Visitor Information: 3312 Gateway St · Springfield OR (Open daily 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.)
Downtown Eugene Visitor Center: 754 Olive St · Eugene OR (Open Monday-Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.)
Mailing Address: PO Box 10286 · Eugene OR 97440 s


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Summer

Fountain Biker by Traci WilliamsonSummertime in the Eugene, Cascades & Coast region is a glorious time of year. From Oregon's sun-streaked beaches to the cool Cascades, nature invites you outside. The weather ranges from hot and balmy to comfortably cool. Daylight stretches out, starting early with rosy hues in the east and concluding with vibrant after dinner sunsets over the ocean.

SMALL TOWN FESTIVALS

Oregon is dotted with tiny towns that rally around classic cars, historic covered bridges, flowers and art. Join the locals for live music, entertainment, crafts and food.

Creswell is known for their patriotic parade on Independence Day, Lowell gets sweet around blackberries, the McKenzie River communities host a chainsaw carving festival, the All America City of Cottage Grove celebrates their gold rush history, Junction City showcases their Scandinavian heritage and Coburg honors its golden years.

ROARING RAPIDS & CALM LAKES

McKenzie River Rafting with TnTMake a splash in your summer routine - navigate the pristine waters of the McKenzie River on a white-water rafting excursion or guided fishing trip. There are plenty of opportunities for fun for all ages, beginners and experts alike. Remember to be safe and wear a life jacket!

Sailing, water skiing, jet skiing, paddle boarding and wakeboarding adventures are within fifteen minutes of the Eugene - Springfield metro area. Canoe across one of the clearest lakes in the world. Pools and water parks also offer refreshing destinations on warm days.

SANDY BEACHES

Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, ATV Quad, Florence, by Sheryll LoftinSavor summertime on the Oregon Coast. Play at the beach, dine on fresh seafood, and enjoy beautiful sunsets. Sail down the sandy slopes at Sand Master Park, the world's first sandboarding park, or take a thrilling dune buggy tour on the magnificent sand dunes of the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area.

CYCLING & MOUNTAIN BIKING

Mountain Biking by Norm CoyerExplore by bicycle! Ride the scenic Row River Trail, which takes you past historic covered bridges in Cottage Grove. Cruise the gentle rolling hillsides in wine country from Coburg to Veneta. Stay in charming bed and breakfasts and poke around small town shops and cafes.

Mountain bikers are in heaven in the Oakridge area, one of the top mountain biking destinations in the country.

GARDENS, PARKS & FARMS

Lavendar Festival by Thomas MoserSoak up the rural beauty from Willamette Valley farms to the natural preserves of county and state parks. Find a campsite along roaring rivers, in a shady glens or adjacent sand dunes. The summer offers perfect tent pitching weather!

Tour an Alpaca farm or stay overnight on a working farm and lend a hand feeding livestock or weeding a garden. Fill a basket with strawberries, blueberries or peaches at a 'U-Pick" farm or just stroll the flowery paths of rhododendron and rose gardens. From lavender to hazelnuts, agricultural destinations are humming with activity.

MORE SUMMER ADVENTURES

  • Sign the kids up for a summer day camp. Weekly options include ballet classes, nature intensives, arts and skill building.
  • Pick up a paintbrush and fill your canvas with color as part of a weekend of plein air.
  • Take a swing at a baseball game with the Eugene Emeralds or the Oregon Ducks at the intimately designed PK Park.
  • Step into your waders and go fly fishing in the clear, cool rivers running through the Cascades.
  • Meander from the Oregon Coast to the Cascades on a GeoTour - interactive outdoor fun for the whole family!
  • Learn to build to a sand castle like the pros or try out sandboarding at Sand Master Park.
  • Climb 200 ft (61 m) up a tree in old growth forest with an experienced tree climbing guide.
  • Go horseback riding on the beach or in the mountains.