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Things to do on the Oregon Coast

Central Oregon Coast Activities

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The Central Oregon Coast has long been a destination for cyclists from all over the world, making their way up or down the coast along Highway 101. Trips from the cities in the Willamette Valley are also popular and may be done overnight. The Oregon Department of Transportation publishes a coastal bike route map including state parks with camping facilities.

Lincoln County also maintains a number of bike routes. Some interesting routes include: West Three Rocks Road [2.3 mi], Schooner Creek/Anderson Creek/Drift Creek Roads [4.5 mi], Yaquina Bay Road [12 mi], Elk City Road [8.5 mi], Siuslaw National Forest Road 53 [15 mi] and Yachats River Road [10.5 mi].

Hiking trails are plentiful the length and breadth of Oregon's Central Coast, from Cascade Head to Cape Perpetua and throughout the Siuslaw National Forest. Some of the best hikes worthy of note: Three Rocks Road at the Cascade Head Natural Area near Lincoln City, Drift Creek Wilderness in the Siuslaw National Forest near Waldport and Gwynn CreekTrail also in the Siuslaw National Forest near Yachats.
There are five golf courses in the county, offering sports challenges to all levels of play. Golfing is another year-round activity on the Central Oregon Coast, particularly for those who appreciate the winter rains. Golf courses are located in Lincoln City, Gleneden Beach, Waldport, Toledo and Newport.

Comes in two sizes -- Ocean and Freshwater
The Central Oregon Coast is well known for the commercial and charter fishing fleets at Newport and Depoe Bay. Deep-sea salmon and halibut fishing have always been king on the coast, but conservation-restricted seasons have shifted the focus to bottom fishing (sea trout, ling cod, snapper) and is available throughout the year. Salmon and halibut fishing is still available, but varies according to seasonal regulations.

Lake and river fishing are available at Devils Lake and on the Salmon, Yaquina, Siletz and Alsea rivers. There are several public boat landings in the county and the Siuslaw National Forest has nearly 2,000 miles of fishable streams. Check with the local shops for current limits, licenses and regulations. To get get more information about License and Tag fees click here http://www.dfw.state.or.us/resources/fishing/

Clam digging and crabbing in Yaquina, Alsea and Siletz bays are popular activities providing new meaning to "fresh seafood" dinners. You can bring your own gear or rent it from local shops. A shellfish license is required for clamming and crabbing and can be purchased at most marinas and bait shops.

Another popular coastal activity are year-round whale watching trips, catching a site of the hundreds of whales and other marine wildlife making their home here. March through October are the peak whale watching months and charter companies offer affordable rates. The "Whale-watching Spoken Here" program (March, December) provides volunteers at several sites along Highway 101 to help travelers spot migrating whales. Ocean excursions offer a variety of wildlife according to the season, including seal, sea lions, porpoise and many marine birds.

The Central Oregon Coast is home to more than 300 species of birds, ranging from bald eagles to more than a dozen members of the gull family, from the marbled murrelet to the puffin. The Oregon Coast Aquarium houses the largest sea bird aviary in North America, while Yaquina Bay Birders & Naturalists hosts field trips and publishes a monthly newsletter.

The entire county hosts kite festivals and is a great place for this increasingly popular activity. With its location halfway between the Equator and the North Pole, Lincoln County has ideal weather for flying kites. The wind here keeps kites flying until the owner brings them in for the day.

With miles and miles of open, public beaches, the Central Oregon Coast provides excellent beachcombing opportunities especially after our winter storms and during the seasons with the highest tides. Floats to agates, driftwood to shells, your souvenir collection will expand after every walk on the beach.

The high winds along the coast make it a very good area for wind and wave surfers. While the Columbia River Gorge is Oregon's best-known windsurfing spot, the Central Oregon Coast is rising as an alternative destination, especially for the beginner and intermediate board enthusiast. -surf report-

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