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541.484.5307 · 800.547.5445 ·
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

About Dunes City, Oregon

Historic Westlake District

In the 1950s National Parks were being designated. To skirt eminent domain laws, the coastal residents incorporated. By 1963, Dr. E.S. Strong hosted the first Dunes City council meeting at his Woahink Lake house. The first Mayor was Phil Himmel.

Car Show Near Oregon Dunes by Sheryll Loftin

Dunes City Today

The Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area stretches for 40 miles (64 km). It is the largest coastal sand dunes in North America. The sandy terrain is popular for off-road vehicles (we recommend a dune buggy ride!). Visitors come here to hike, bird watch, take photos, stargaze, walk on the beach and camp. Jessie M. Honeyman State Park is nearby, a popular place to camp right on the edge of the dunes.

The World's Largest Sandbox by Maggie Frassetto-Cline

Siltcoos Lake is Oregon's largest coastal lake, covering 3,200 acres (1,295 ha). Fish for 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. Around the lake and its tributaries are a network of nature trails. Birders and mushroom hunters enjoy its cool evergreen forests. A sparkling collection of jewel-like lakes in the vicinity include Woahink and Cleawox.

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.

Oregon Dunes Triathlon and Duathlon

In the spring, Dunes City hosts the Oregon Dunes Triathlon and Duathlon. This is Oregon's first open water triathlon of the season. The race routes include the clear waters of Woahink Lake, coastal roads and trails and the dune's sandy slopes.