Archive for August, 2014

  1. Tahkenitch Lake

    Posted by Outdoor Project Contributor Halvor Tweto / August 29, 2014

    Tahkenitch Lake is an enormous lake consisting of several arms where water has filled natural valleys and drainages. Located right off of Highway 101, Tahkenitch’s 1,674 acres call to many a coastal traveler driving between Reedsport and Florence. The lake is well known for good fishing, and the lake’s geography is sufficiently varied to support a diversity of species; perch are common, but you can also cast for coho, largemouth bass, and lake trout.

  2. Tahkenitch Campground

    Posted by Outdoor Project Contributor Halvor Tweto / August 29, 2014

    Not to be confused with nearby Tahkenitch Landing Campground just across Highway 1, Tahkenitch Campground is settled into Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area and enjoys the shade of a mature stand of Douglas firs. The day use area attached to the campground doubles as a trailhead for the Threemile Lake and Tahkenitch Dunes Loop that totals approximately 6 miles.

  3. Volunteers Needed at Cascade Head Preserve

    Posted by The Oregon Coast / August 28, 2014

    Saturday, September 20th     The Nature Conservancy invites anyone interested in preserving Cascade Head Preserve to participate in a volunteer work party taking place on Saturday, September 20th.  Located near Lincoln City, Cascade Head is a coastal promontory overlooking the Pacific Ocean that provides critical habitat for native prairie grasses, rare wildflowers, the threatened Oregon Silverspot butterfly and the Cascade Head catchfly.  We will be removing invasive blackberry…

  4. Face Rock State Scenic Viewpoint

    Posted by Outdoor Project Contributor Halvor Tweto / August 28, 2014

    Bandon has been blessed with a surplus of sea stacks. These isolated rock towers, the most durable fractions of the bulky headlands that once extended farther from the current shore, take on a variety of shapes and sizes. Though none are as formidable as Haystack Rock off of Cannon Beach, the collection found here creates an equally grand impression. Some are tall and slender, others squat.

  5. Coquille Point, Kronenberg County Park

    Posted by Outdoor Project Contributor Halvor Tweto / August 28, 2014

    Coquille Point and Kronenberg County Park provide some of the best available views into Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge, a network of protected rocks and islands off of the Oregon Coast. This particular area is bursting with bird life; watch for murres, cormorants, petrals, and tufted puffins, depending on the season. The entirety of Coquille Point is included in this NWR along with Table Rock, and Kronenberg County Park functions as a neighboring viewing platform, complete with interpretive signs that explain the unique populations that inhabit the area.

  6. Shore Acres State Park

    Posted by Outdoor Project Contributor Halvor Tweto / August 28, 2014

    Originally the seat of Louis Simpson’s vast estate that extended along this stretch of coast, Shore Acres State Park is now an incredible resource for the public. This state park will astound you. Be prepared for close perspectives on the cape’s geology, as gigantic chunks of sandstone sit pitched at a 45-degree angle just off shore, miming the striations that are visible in the surrounding cliffs. The black pocks on these masses are erosion resistant deposits that the ocean continues to abrade.

  7. Sunset Bay State Park

    Posted by Outdoor Project Contributor Halvor Tweto / August 28, 2014

    Sunset Bay is nearly its own lagoon, and only a relatively small gap in an otherwise erosion-resistant band of sandstone connects the bay to the ocean. This leads to an exaggerated crescent shape that, combined with the large, family-friendly white sand beach and the mellow calm of the water, has the sense of a gigantic, ear-to-ear smile. Because the area is so shielded from the Pacific, the bay is an ideal place to launch small watercraft, and anyone choosing to stay on the shore can easily keep an eye on those exploring the water.

  8. Bastendorff Beach

    Posted by Outdoor Project Contributor Halvor Tweto / August 28, 2014

    Bastendorff Beach is a broad, open beach that is formed between Yoakam Point and the south jetty of Coos Bay. Because of the deep shipping channels into the bay, you’ll undoubtedly see some large ships slowly passing the jetty to the north, and looking south you’ll see the distinctive outline of the Cape Arago Lighthouse (not publicly accessible). The beach is a great resource for those staying in Bastendorff Beach County Park Campground, and it also receives plenty of day use traffic from nearby Coos Bay and North Bend.

  9. Florence, Oregon: A charming coastal find

    Posted by The Oregon Coast / August 27, 2014

    By Helyn Trickey Bradley – Special to CNN The Oregon coast can be a moody destination year-round. In the mornings, brooding fog canopies the coastal highways and storms can roll in from the Pacific, kicking up without much warning. But in mid- to late summer, the heavier rains seem to sidestep the coast and, more often than not, sunshine blinks from behind the clouds. Whale…