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Welcome to Winchester Bay
A Little About Our Town of Winchester Bay!

The Winchester Bay area is located in the heart of the Oregon Dunes NRA (National Recreation Area - 47 miles stretching from Florence to North Bend).

The NRA is home to many miles of undisturbed beaches, abundant wildlife, 30 lakes, 14 developed hiking trails, 13 campgrounds, 11 beach parking areas, and over 10,000 acres of off-highway riding areas. For ATVers, our dunes offer some of the best riding locations on the coast.

Fishermen will enjoy going after salmon, bottom fish, sturgeon, bass, trout and many other varieties of fish. There are many lakes for those who prefer freshwater fishing: bluegill, steelhead, cutthroat trout, rainbow trout, catfish, crappie and hybrid bass are all available. There's also clamming and crabbing - and in August & September we have the $10,000 Crab Bounty Hunt.

Our beautiful Umpqua River Lighthouse is one of only a few that feature both red and white beams.

The calendar is full of things to do and see in our area:  Whale watching and the annual Oregon Dune Mushers Mail Run in March,  fireworks on the Fourth of July - and later in July is Ocean Fest - fun for the entire family.  August brings the Crab Bounty Hunt, Oregon Dune Fest, and Kool Coastal Classics car show.  In September we open the envelope to learn if we have a $10,000 winner in our Crab Bounty Hunt. November we celebrate the season with Holiday by the Sea. And in December the Whale watching season begins again as the nomadic mammals return to their breeding grounds in Baja California.

Don't miss the 1,040-acre Dean Creek Elk Preserve located on Highway 38, east of Reedsport. Visitors are treated to an up-close look at the herds of elk, and other inhabitants of the area; including: Canada geese, osprey, blue heron, bald eagle and dozens of other avian species; black-tail deer, nutrias, beaver, musk-rats and the occasional black bear represent the mammalian community. A high-powered telescope is located at the main viewing lot, along with interpretive signs.

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