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Paddle the Estuary - Explore Coos Bay South Slough with an interpreter on a trail that flows with the tides.  Bring your own kayak or canoe, life jacket, lunch, and water.  8 boat limit. $15/boat.  For more information contact the Slough at 541-888-5558.  April 19

Chainsaw Sculpture Championship brings professional chainsaw carvers to Reedsport for 17 hours of carving large cedar sculptures with daily timed "quick-carve" events.  June

During June, July, and August 2009, AmeriCorps volunteers Edward Bennett and Alexis Will will be leading a series of twelve guided canoe and kayak trips through the Siletz Bay Wildlife Refuge. For more information, call Dawn Grafe at 541-867-4550.

DuneFest, has quickly become one of the premiere dune events in the nation.  This 5-day event draws thousands of ATV enthusiasts to Winchester Bay for bike racing and climbing, ASDA sanctioned drag racing and more. In addition to all the action on the sand, you'll find ATV vendor booths, food, music and exhibitions.  Aug

Ocean Fest in Winchester Bay with a Bazaar, Parade, Car Show & Shine & Cruise, Gun Shows, Quilt Shows, Barbecue and 50's Dance and beer garden.  Coast guard drills and demonstrations including a mock helicopter rescue take place in Salmon Harbor.  July  541-271-4471

Crab Bounty Hunt  Crabbing is always great fun and the crab is a tasty reward, but during the month of August in Winchester Bay, a whopping $5,000 makes crabbing VERY rewarding.  Crab are tagged with metal tags and the tags are placed in a drawing held during the Crab Bounty Celebration held Labor Day Weekend.  Catch the renegade crab, Captain Umpclaw, and get $5,000!!!

Tsalila - Umpqua River festival A celebration of the river and its salmon to encourage the preservation of both this coastal treasures.   Sponsored in part by coastal Indian Tribes, the festival features native demonstrations and dances, as well as traditional alder-cooked salmon.  Additional events include the Salmon Parade of local school children and Salmon Forum for adults.   An entertaining and informative weekend in Reedsport. September   Sept


 

Saddle Mountain, just east of highway 101 is 3,283 feet above sea level and offers an awesome view.  A 1.5 mile hike also takes you to a viewpoint with an equally magnificent view of Mt. Ranier to Mt. Hood to the Pacific. 

Neahkahnie Mountain is located just south of Cannon Beach near Manzanita and Nehalem and rises 1600 feet above the shoreline.  A 5 mile round trip hike takes you 1,000 feet to the summit of of this legendary site which has long been rumored to hold a pirate ship's treasure. 

Cape Lookout State Park  A short 1/4 mile nature trail passes 16 stations with explanations of coastal rain forest vegetation.  The longer Cape Trail is a 2.5 mile trek to the tip of Cape Lookout with a vista from Tillamook Head, 42 miles north, to Cape Foulweather, 39 miles south.

Drift Creek Wilderness contains 5,800 acres of forested slopes and brushy, rough terrain.  There are 7 1/2 acres of trails primarily used by hunters, hikers, and fishermen.

South Jetty/Goose Pasture Riding Area offers large sand dunes and five tree islands.  Reach from South Jetty Road, south of the Florence Bridge.

Sweet Creek Trail follows Sweet Creek as it tumbles over boulders and creates several waterfalls, including beautiful Sweet Creek Falls.  Well maintained and a beautiful afternoon hike.  126 from Florence to Sweet Creek Road.

Umpqua Dunes Riding Area has the tallest dunes on the coast.  The dunes can be reached from any of three beach areas and are sure to provide some thrilling rides.

Kentucky Falls Trail  The trail is two miles, one way, along Kentucky  Creek, and travels through some luscious old-growth forest to three spectacular waterfalls, each over 80 feet high. A rather difficult hike with steep and narrow sections.  Watch children closely. Check with the local ranger district for a map and directions to this trail, it is somewhat difficult to find, but the trail, falls and beautiful drive are worth it.  541-268-4473

Horsfall Riding Area has access to a variety of riding areas and is open until midnight for some beautiful moonlit rides.   Ride the roads, ride the dunes, ride along the shore.  Horses only on Wild Mare Horse Trail North Bend area.

Elk Creek Trail follows Elk Creek to beautiful Elk Creek Falls.  In addition, view the world's largest Port Orford cedar and have a picnic at any of a variety of picnic areas or Big Tree Park.  1 mile

Frances Schrader Old Growth Trail takes you to some of the largest Old Growth Douglas Firs in the northwest.  The trail is 1.5 miles and can be reached from Gold Beach.

Hike to the top of Vulcan Peak and the old fire lookout site.  Beautiful views of the Kalmiopsis Wilderness.  1 mile, 30 miles east of Brookings.

The northern most stand of Redwoods is located 9 miles north of Brookings.  The mile long trail takes you through stands of 800 year old redwoods which are as high as 250 feet and ten foot in diameter.  Picnic at Loeb State Park for a wonderful day.

Bombsite Trail takes you to the location of one of four bombs dropped on the U.S. mainland during WWII.  An interpretive display marks the location.  19 miles east of Brookings.

 

 
   

 

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