Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, Oregon

"Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area extends for 40 miles from Florence to Coos Bay. This is the largest expanse of coastal sand dunes in North America. Recreational opportunities galore."


Lagoon Campground - Forest Service Campground, near Florence, OR: Site #24 (39 RV sites total) - This site has: water nearby. Campground/RV Park Notes: flush toilets • showers (in Driftwood OHV campground) • no dump station • ocean/river access • trails from campground • trails nearby • 30’ elevation. October 19th - 24th.

Overall Experience: smile

Pics Shot Around the Northern Section of the Oregon Dunes

Small cove tucked away along the coast. Huge tree hanging over the trail to the beach. Daytrip to Yachats - Rocky shoreline. Large peice of driftwood found along the shoreline. Yachats Brewing – Well worth the visit. Siltcoors Lake Small Chanterelle mushroom found along the Siltcoors Lake Trail.

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Local Flavor – Area Businesses We Enjoyed & Recommend
Yachats Brewing, Yachats, OR Combination farm store, organic market, brewpub, and small cafe. Tasty food and beer and a pleasant atmosphere.

The Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area is a popular outdoor recreation destination located along the Oregon coast. The area covers more than 31,000 acres of sand dunes, forests, and beaches, offering a wide range of activities for visitors.

Formation of the Oregon Dunes The Oregon Dunes were formed over thousands of years as winds blew sand from coastal bluffs and rivers inland, depositing it along the shore. These dunes can be as tall as 500 feet and stretch over 40 miles of coastline.

Activities in the Recreation Area The recreation area provides various outdoor activities for everyone to enjoy:

  • Hiking: Explore the diverse landscape through numerous hiking trails.
  • Camping: Stay overnight and immerse yourself in nature at one of the several campgrounds available.
  • Picnicking: Enjoy a meal with family or friends surrounded by beautiful scenery.
  • Wildlife Viewing: Observe the rich wildlife that inhabits the area, including birds, mammals, and marine life.
  • Off-Road Vehicle (ORV) Riding: Experience the thrill of riding on sand dunes with designated areas specifically for ORV use.

The Oregon Dunes are particularly renowned among ORV enthusiasts, with more than 1,000 acres set aside for their enjoyment. Visitors have the option to rent ORVs from local businesses or bring their own.

Camping Options The recreation area offers various camping options to suit different preferences:

  • Primitive Sites: Basic campsites for those seeking a more rustic experience.
  • Full-Service RV Hookups: Campgrounds equipped with amenities such as electricity, water, and sewage connections for RVs.
  • Dune Access Campgrounds: Campgrounds situated directly on or near the dunes for convenient access.
  • Forest Campgrounds: Campgrounds located in the nearby forests, providing a quieter and more secluded camping environment.

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