Description - Pistol River State Park is set in the dunes of the southern Oregon coast. The river supposedly got its name when a militia soldier lost his pistol in the river during the infamous Rogue River Indian War. In March of 1856, a decisive battle was fought here.
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Pistol River State Scenic Viewpoint
- The dunes and the river system that feeds them are what make this area unique. During the spring and summer months, the dunes actually grow. The river has changed its course numerous times in recent history and pothole ponds attract waterfowl and shorebirds. This is an excellent birding spot. Ocean windsurfing is so good here national championships have been held three years in a row. The beaches and sea stacks are wonderful.
Recreation - This scenic coastal area offers beach access and opportunities for picnicking, hiking, fishing, horseback riding, windsurfing, swimming, viewing marine wildlife, bird watching, viewing interpretive sites, taking interpretive nature tours, and viewing scenery.
Climate - The Oregon coast receives abundant rainfall, mostly between October and April. July and August bring the best chance for clear days. Summer temperatures are normally moderate and almost never hot. Winter temperatures are normally cool at the lower elevations and cold at the higher elevations. Although snow is possible in the lowest elevations, it is infrequent and does not stay on the ground for long.
Pistol River is located along Oregon's South Coast, off US Highway 101, 11 miles south of Gold Beach.