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Pistol River State Scenic Viewpoint
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Pistol River State Scenic Viewpoint
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.

Attractions - 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.

Location - Pistol River is located along Oregon's South Coast, off US Highway 101, 11 miles south of Gold Beach.


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Contact Information:
Oregon Parks & Recreation Department, 1115 Commercial Street NE , Salem, OR, 97301-1002, Phone: 800-551-6949

Additional Information:
Oregon State Parks - Oregon's State Parks offer beautiful settings for outdoor recreation activities including camping, yurt or cabin stays, hiking, biking, picnicking, fishing boating, wildlife viewing and much more.
South Coast - The South Coast stretches from the Umpqua River, south to the California border. Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, and numerous coastal state parks are among the attractions of this beautiful region.

Links:
Oregon State Parks - Official Agency Website

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