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Siuslaw National Forest 'Thors wrath' © Damon Edwards
Witness the awe and power of this natural phenomenon, known to the locals as Thors Well. This massive hole embedded in the porous volcanic rock near the coast of central Oregon swells with sea water during high tides and drains below with immense speed. Formed over hundreds of years, this dangerous yet beautiful spectacle shows off the Pacific Oceans never-ending ability carve and shape the land.
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Witness the awe and power of this natural phenomenon, known to the locals as Thors Well. This massive hole embedded in the porous volcanic rock near the coast of central Oregon swells with sea water during high tides and drains below with immense speed. Formed over hundreds of years, this dangerous yet beautiful spectacle shows off the Pacific Oceans never-ending ability carve and shape the land.

Bandon State Park
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Crater Lake National Park
'Crater Lake - Wizard Island'
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Wizard Island seen here from the Watchman Overlook.

Boiler Bay State Park
'boiler bay'
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Fogarty Creek State Park
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Smith Rock State Park
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Cape Arago State Park
'Cape Aragos'
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Mount Hood National Forest
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Finley National Wildlife Refuge
'Bills Heaven'
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Breathtaking morning light.

Fogarty Creek State Park
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Oregon's Coast Region Parks


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Alfred A Loeb State Park
Your first impression of Loeb may well be the scent of the myrtlewood forest ... a crisp, bay leaf aroma. The park is nestled in a grove of these lovely trees. Many of the trees in the park are well over 200 years old. The Chetco River swirls and dances just beyond the park. Several campsites and ........more >
Azalea State Park
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Bandon State Park
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Beachside State Park
A few miles south of Waldport and north of Yachats on the central coast, this small, exquisite destination campground is right along side miles of broad, sandy beach that makes the park perfect for kite flying and watching. Tent and electric sites accommodate one vehicle per site. Every site is mere ........more >
Beverly Beach State Park
Beverly Beach is popular for a reason Like magic, a well-known walkway goes under the highway and emerges to the long expanse of sandy beach extending from Yaquina Head you can see the lighthouse from here to the headlands of Otter Rock. When the weather cooperates, kites color the air and whip in the ........more >
Big Creek State Park
The shooting range is located off Highway 415, three miles northwest of the park entrance and offers sheltered stations for firing handguns and rifles. The range is operated by a private concessionaire and is open to the public year round. The hours are Wednesday - Friday 12 P.M. to sunset and Saturday ........more >
Boiler Bay State Park
A miraculous and rugged, basalt-rimmed bay, Boiler Bay is a great place to watch wild surf action on the rocky spurs. This splendid panoramic viewpoint presents a good opportunity to see migrating and resident gray whales. Take your binoculars -- this is one of the best sites in Oregon to see ocean-going ........more >
Buena Vista Ocean Wayside State Park
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Bullards Beach State Park
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Burnt Weeds State Forest Service Station
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Cape Arago State Park
Cape Arago may be the end of the road the road out of Coos Bay goes no further, but it's really only the beginning if you want to explore the southern Oregon coast. Located at the end of Cape Arago Highway about 15 miles southwest of Coos Bay, Cape Arago is a scenic headland jutting into the Pacific ........more >
Cape Blanco State Park
Use our extra-large, private, sheltered campsites as your base of operations while you enjoy the lighthouse and historic Hughes House tours. The lighthouse and historic home are open from April to October. The lighthouse tour, managed by the Bureau of Land Management, costs $2/adult, $1 youth under ........more >
Cape Lookout State Park
A popular campground and day-use area, Cape Lookout is located on a sand spit between Netarts Bay and the ocean, giving you a terrific view of the ocean with easy access to the beach. Beachcombing is popular here, and the park is reputedly a good place to find glass floats. More than eight miles of ........more >
Cape Meares National Wildlife Refuge
Cape Meares National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1938 to protect one of the last remnants of coastal old growth forest. Huge Sitka spruce and western hemlock, some over 200 feet tall and hundreds of years old, provide habitat for federally threatened bird species, including bald eagles.........more >
Cape Meares State Park
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Cape Sebastian State Park
Cape Sebastian ... the very name invokes images of early Spanish explorers and long journeys. The cape was named in honor of Saint Sebastian in 1603 by the Spanish navigator Sebastian Vizcaino. The most striking features of this park are its two parking vistas. The parking lots are over 200 feet above ........more >
Columbia White Tailed Deer National Wildlife Rufuge
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Coquille Myrtle Grove State Park
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David Douglas State Park
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Depoe Bay Wayside Ocean State Park
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Devils Lake State Park
At Devils Lake State Park, 500-foot quartzite bluffs tower above a 360-acre lake. Spectacular scenery, a full range of recreational activities, and a full-time naturalist make this a very popular park. The 9,117-acre state park is 2 miles south of Baraboo and about 30 miles north of Madison. More ........more >
Devils Punch Bowl State Park
Surfers and surf watchers energize this area During winter storms, water from the restless ocean slams with a thundering roar into a hollow rock formation shaped like a huge punch bowl. The surf churns, foams, and swirls as it mixes a violent brew. The punch bowl was probably created by the collapse ........more >
Ecola State Park
One of Ecola State Parks first attractions was a beached whale. In 1806, Capt. William Clark and twelve members of the Corps of Discovery climbed over rocky headlands and fought their way through thick shrubs and trees to get to the whale in what is now Ecola State Park. Today, a paved road from Cannon ........more >
Elk River State Fish Hatchery
The Elk River boat launch allows swimming. Outdoor interpretive signs explain hatchery operations. Camping is available nearby at Cape Blanco State Park, nine miles north of Port Orford. ........more >
Elliott State Forest
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Ellmaker State Park
On the highway between Newport and Corvallis, this land works equally well as a highway rest stop and tree preserve. Fruit trees are still found on the south side. Four picnic tables border a spacious, grassy meadow. A small stream flows from the northeast through the fir forest to join the Tumtum River.........more >
Elmer Feldenheimer State Natural Area
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Floras Lake State Park
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Fogarty Creek State Park
Where the creek and ocean meet, youll find ingredients that make the spirit soar. Discover this parks perfect wind-sheltered picnic areas. In case of rain, head for the covered picnic shelter. Walk the wooden footbridges arching through the Sitka spruce, western hemlock, shore pine and alder forest. ........more >
Forest Wayside State Park
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Fort Clatsop National Memorial
This site commemorates the 1805-06 winter encampment of the 33-member Lewis and Clark Expedition. A 1955 community-built replica of the explorers' 50'x50' Fort Clatsop is the focus of the park. The fort, historic canoe landing, and spring are nestled in the coastal forests and wetlands of the Coast ........more >
Fort Stevens State Park
Fort Stevens was the primary military defense installation in the three fort Harbor Defense System at the mouth of the Columbia River Forts Canby and Columbia in Washington were the other two. The fort served for 84 years, beginning with the Civil War and closing at the end of World War II. Today, Fort ........more >
Geisel Monument State Park
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Golden and Silver Falls State Park
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Governor Patterson Memorial State Park
Governor Patterson State Park is a beachcombers delight. ... miles of flat, sandy beach and just a short hike from the mouth of Alsea Bay where you can windsurf, crab, or just watch the seals. Excellent whale and storm watching. Sunsets are beautiful here and it's a great place to take photos.........more >
Harris Beach State Park
Harris Beach was named after the Scottish pioneer George Harris who settled here in the late 1880s to raise sheep and cattle. The park boasts the largest island off the Oregon coast. Bird Island also called Goat Island is a National Wildlife Sanctuary and breeding site for such rare birds as the tufted ........more >
Hug Point State Park
Just south of Cannon Beach, this little wayside gives you easy access to the beach and a peek at some interesting history. Imagine travelling by stagecoach along the beach before the highway was built, the beach was the only way to go. North of the parking area you can still walk along the original ........more >
Humbug Mountain State Park
The park and campground are dominated by Humbug Mountain elevation 1,756 feet and surrounded by forested hills. The campground enjoys some of the warmest weather on the Oregon coast as the surrounding mountains offer protection from cool ocean breezes. Many visitors enjoy windsurfing and scuba diving. ........more >
Jewell Meadows State Wildlife Management Area
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John Yeon State Natural Area
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L Presley and Vera C Gill State Natural Site
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Lewis and Clark National Wildlife Refuge
Lewis and Clark Refuge, near the mouth of the Columbia River, provides wintering and resting areas for an estimated 1,000 tundra swans, 5,000 geese, and 30,000 ducks. Other species include shorebirds and bald eagles. Estuary waters provide vital food resources for juvenile salmon as they pause to ........more >
Lost Creek Ocean Wayside State Park
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Millicoma Myrtle Grove State Park
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Nehalem Bay State Park
Imagine waking up to the song of the seagull, spending your afternoon on a kayak trip around Nehalem Bay, then taking a short walk over the dunes to the beach. There you'll sit with a blanket and watch the sun set over the ocean in the shadow of Neah-Kah-Nie Mountain. Finally, snuggle down for the night ........more >
Nestucca Spit State Park
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Newburgh State Park
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Ona Beach State Park
Ona Beach State Park is located 8 miles south of Newport, Oregon. The park is a fine, forested ocean flat now developed for extensive daytime shore use. Easy access for beachcombing and great for large picnic gatherings.........more >
Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area
Wind-sculpted sand dunes towering to 500 feet above sea level provide numerous recreational opportunities including off-highway vehicle use, hiking, photography, fishing, canoeing, horseback riding and camping. Visitors enjoy thick tree islands, open dunes, marsh-like deflation plains and beaches. The ........more >
Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge
From nearly every viewpoint on the Oregon coast, colossal rocks can be seen jutting out of the Pacific Ocean creating postcard images. Each of these rocks is protected as part of Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge includes 1,853 rocks, reefs and islands and two headland areas and spans ........more >
Oregon State Fish Hatchery
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Oswald West State Park
Step out of your vehicle and into a place with natural beauty that truly inspires. Just a quarter mile from any of the parking areas to the beach, yet the rigors of everyday life are stripped away by the time your feet hit the sand. Although the walk is short, there are several different trails to the ........more >
Otter Crest State Park
Soak in the view from 500' above the ocean on the breathtaking crescent sweep of white sandy beach stretching to the south. Cape Foulweather is stunning and inspirational with its picturesque promontory. This popular whale watching spot also provides a good view of the Devils Punchbowl environs. Imagine ........more >
Pistol River State Park
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Port Orford Cedar State Park
The Port Orford Lifeboat Station was constructed in 1934 by the Coast Guard to provide lifesaving service to the southern portion of the Oregon Coast until 1970. A museum, operated by the Point Orford Heritage Society, is now housed in the station. The museum is free donations accepted, of course, and ........more >
Powers State Park
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Redwood State Park
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Rocky Creek State Park
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Saddle Mountain State Park
Two and a half miles. That's all it is from the parking lot elev. 1,650' to the summit of Saddle Mountain elev. 3,283'. Be prepared to marvel at the sheer volume of natural beauty packed onto the mountain, from a mature forest setting to fields of wildflowers to an open rocky summit. The view from the ........more >
Samuel H Boardman State Park
This corridor is a 12 mile, forested linear park with a rugged, steep coastline interrupted by small sand beaches. This park was named in honor of Samuel H. Boardman, the first Oregon Parks superintendent. He and others of his generation felt this shining green emerald coastline should be saved for ........more >
Seal Rock State Park
Seal Rock State Wayside has large off-shore rock formations which are the habitat of seals, sea lions, sea birds and other marine life. The wayside includes interesting tidepools as well as excellent ocean views and a sandy beach. Developed for day-use, the picnic area is in a pleasant stand of shore ........more >
Shore Acres State Park
Perched on rugged sandstone cliffs high above the ocean, Shore Acres State Park is an exciting and unexpected combination of beautiful natural and constructed features. Once the grand estate of pioneer timber baron Louis Simpson, Shore Acres features lushly planted gardens with plants and flowers from ........more >
Siuslaw National Forest
The Siuslaw National Forest is a very diverse and productive region extending from Tillamook to Coos Bay along the Oregon coast. The forest encompasses over 630,000 acres of unique and varying ecosystems. The Forest is situated within the Oregon Coast Range, a mountain range that runs north to south ........more >
South Beach State Park
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Sunset Bay State Park
Situated in one of the most scenic areas on the Oregon coast, Sunset Bay State Park features beautiful sandy beaches protected by towering sea cliffs. Only a short walk from the beach, the campground has sites for tent camping and RV's, as well as cozy and comfortable yurts. Day-use and picnic facilities ........more >
Sunset Highway State Park
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Three Arch Rocks National Wildlife Refuge
On foggy days, a massive silhouette encircled by ocean transports your imagination to times past. If you were close to the refuge in spring the raucous calls of more than 220,000 nesting common murre would fill your ears. Designated as the first National Wildlife Refuge west of the Mississippi River, ........more >
Trask River State Fish Hatchery
Trask River Hatchery has outdoor interpretive signing. Adult salmon viewing is excellent during the fall in the waters below the hatchery and in Gold Creek. Group tours are available with advance arrangements.........more >
Tugman State Park
Despite its close proximity to Highway 101, Tugman State Park is relatively unknown -- a private hideaway on the wondrous south coast. Situated on Eel Lake near the community of Lakeside, Tugman offers 115 campsites with electric/water hookups tucked away in a mature stand of shore pines. The day-use ........more >
Wilson River Highway Forest State Scenic Corridor
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Yachats Ocean Road State Park
South of Yachats, the road makes a one-mile loop, exposing one of the most scenic viewpoints on the coast the Yachats Bay and the Pacific Ocean. Park along the loop and enjoy access to the beach, tidepools, blowholes, summer sunsets and whale watching.........more >
Yachats State Park
In the heart of Yachats, turn west on 2nd Street. The road makes a small loop, offering a serene view of the Yachats river as it meets the Pacific Ocean. Park and see the wild waves and gray whale migration. Rock and salmon fishing and tidepools bring people back to this park again and again. Plenty ........more >
Yaquina Bay State Park
Yaquina Bay State Park is located in Newport at the north end of Yaquina Bay near its outlet to the Pacific Ocean. The bluff is forested with spruce and pine, but the real star is the historic lighthouse. The lighthouse -- later used as a Coast Guard Lifeboat Station -- has been restored and is open ........more >
Yoakam Point State Natural Site
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