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If you're going the recommended route, then from I-5 you'll take the exit for Drain/Curtin (exit #162) and follow Umpqua Hwy/SR 38 West to the coast at Reedsport. However, before you get to town, you might want to stop at one of the first two attractions described below.

Loon Lake Lodge & RV Resort - Full hookup RV camping, marina with boat rentals, swimming, fishing. Located east of Reedsport, south of SR 38.

Dean Creek Elk Viewing Area - On SR 38/Umpqua Hwy just a few miles east of Reedsport (large parking area).

Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area - Rent a dune buggy from one of the many outfitters and check out this incredible natural area. The heart of Oregon Dunes is near Reedsport.


Winchester Bay is a tiny town, but it does offer some interesting things to do.

Winchester Bay RV Resort - RV sites right on the water. Also, there are docks on the river, and kids can rent crab rings and bait and crab from the docks.

Bayfront - There is a very small bayfront area with a nice gift shop and a few restaurants. See pictures below.

Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area - Rent a dune buggy and check out this incredible natural area. The heart of Oregon Dunes is near Winchester Bay. Everyone recommended the Dunes to us, and had the weather been better for us, we probably would have gone off-roading here.

Umpqua Lighthouse State Park - Located just a little south of Winchester Bay off the 101, surrounded by dunes. Umpqua River Lighthouse tours, gift shop, museum, small campground (online reservations). See pictures below.


Winchester Bay
Winchester bay has about 4-5 restaurants. We ate pizza here at Bedrock's on the Bay. The
consensus is that when you get rural then the quality of the restaurant goes down. Of course
this is not a hard and fast law, but it is a generalization that we have noticed.

Winchester Bay
You can't see it very well but past the water is the HUGE Winchester Bay RV Resort that has
access to the dunes and the ocean. That is where kids can rent gear to go crabbing.

Winchester Bay

Winchester is a great place to access Oregon Dunes. These are federal lands and you can
ride buggies and ATVs on them.  People come from all over to do this.

Oregon Dunes map
Map of Oregon Dunes - click the picture for a larger image

Oregon Dunes
This is typical of dune area where people were riding

Umpqua River Lighthouse
Umpqua River Lighthouse facts.

Umpqua River Lighthouse
Umpqua River Lighthouse

Umpqua River Lighthouse
The lighthouse also had a sea rescue unit. They used these motorized, self-righting boats for
many years.

Umpqua River Lighthouse
They figured out how to use prisms to direct the light much further and each lighthouse had it's
own signature beacon. This one had some red in the light and that is not always the case.

Umpqua River Lighthouse
The lighthouse museum had very nice displays and is worth a visit.

Umpqua River Lighthouse tour
We paid for the tour and it was very interesting

Umpqua River Lighthouse staircase
The stairs are made out of cast iron, and they are not tied into the
brick walls.

Umpqua River Lighthouse staircase
This is looking up the stairs at the foundation of the actual light

Umpqua River Lighthouse display
These represent history of the way that they produced the light

Umpqua River Lighthouse lens
This is looking at the inside of the lens.

Umpqua River Lighthouse
I am up in the lens.

Umpqua River Lighthouse lens
It is wild to think that this lens was constructed in the 1800's in France, then sailed all the way
around South America and back up the coast and was assembled here!

Umpqua River Lighthouse lens
This is a wide angle shot taken from the bottom of the lens

Umpqua River Lighthouse museum
This is a re-creation of the living quarters of the lighthouse keeper assistants.

Umpqua River Lighthouse museum
The meeting room

Umpqua River Lighthouse museum display
this is a model of the rescue ships that were stationed here


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