Description - Oregon's Coast offers miles of beach and dune which are all open to the public. Outstanding scenery, mild temperatures and numerous recreation opportunities make the coast one of the most popular regions in the state. The terrain varies from huge monoliths standing off the coast, to sand dunes of 40 miles in length and more than 550 feet tall, to long, wide-open stretches of sand, trimmed by wind-carved spruce and fir trees.
- State Parks and Waysides line the coast. Some of the largest State Parks in the region include Beverly Beach, Cape Lookout, Devil's Lake, South Beach, Beachside, Carl G. Washburne and Jessie M. Honeyman. Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area is located between Florence and Coos Bay on the Central and South coast and covers 32,000 acres. This is an unique and exciting landscape which readily lends itself to recreation.
The Siuslaw National Forest lies inland from the central coast. The Siuslaw's temperate rain forest, coastal influence, ocean-forest interface, relatively young Douglas-fir forest, and cultural history make it unique among all other national forests. The Siskiyou encompasses a portion of the Coast Range, inland from the south coast. World-class rivers, biological diversity, fisheries, and complex watersheds rank the Siskiyou high in the nation as an outstanding resource.
Recreation - This beautiful area offers excellent outdoor recreation opportunities. Gray whales migrate along the shores of the Oregon coast from December through April, although there is often a pod that stays off shore year round. There are dozens of whale watching viewpoints off the Oregon Coast as well as whale watching tours by charter boat. World-class salmon, steelhead and sturgeon fishing may be found on the rivers flowing into the Pacific Ocean.
Other popular recreation activities include hiking and walking on the beaches, hiking in the adjacent mountains, viewing the scenery and wildlife, bird-watching, camping, picnicking, swimming and surfing.
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.
The Central Coast stretches from Tillamook Bay and the town of Tillamook in the north, to the Umpqua River and the town of Reedsport in the south. Some of the larger communities in this region include Lincoln City, Newport and Florence. Highway 101, which leads along the coast, provides the primary access to this region.