Oregon Coastal Access Guide: A Mile-by-Mile Guide to Scenic and Recreational Attractions


Oregon is renowned not only for the natural beauty of its coastline but also for its enlightened tradition of publicly owned and protected beaches. The Oregon Coastal Access Guide is essential for anyone exploring the nearly four hundred miles of coastline that lie between the Columbia River and the California border.

Now revised and updated, the Access Guide offers a north-to-south tour of Oregon's Pacific edge, with extensive mile-by-mile coverage of scenic U.S. Highway 101. ...

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Oregon is renowned not only for the natural beauty of its coastline but also for its enlightened tradition of publicly owned and protected beaches. The Oregon Coastal Access Guide is essential for anyone exploring the nearly four hundred miles of coastline that lie between the Columbia River and the California border.

Now revised and updated, the Access Guide offers a north-to-south tour of Oregon's Pacific edge, with extensive mile-by-mile coverage of scenic U.S. Highway 101. It provides a convenient and reliable reference on where to go, how to get there, and what to expect, including: thorough descriptions of beaches, parks, forests, campgrounds, boat ramps, picnic areas, and hiking and equestrian trials, details on and directions to natural areas, from estuaries and lakes to dunes and headlands, up-to-date information on outdoor recreation, including angling, crabbing, clamming, boating, whale watching, golfing, photography, surfing, and cycling, features on a range of topics, including history, weather, tides, marine and coastal wildlife, cultural attractions, and historic coastal bridges, listings of resources to help travelers plan and enjoy their trips. Kenn Oberrecht's detailed knowledge of the Oregon coast-he has driven thousands of miles on coastal roads and hiked hundreds of miles on beaches and trails-informs every page of this indispensable guide.

About the Author:
Kenn Oberrecht is a noted photographer and a widely published author of books and articles on travel, outdoor recreation, nature, and the environment

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780870712937
  • Publisher: Oregon State University Press
  • Publication date: 4/15/2008
  • Series: Oregon Sea Grant Series
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 518,653
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Map of the Oregon Coast     x
Traveling the Oregon Coast (U.S. 101, mile 0 to mile 363.1)     1
The Coastal Counties     1
Oregon's Public Beaches     2
Oregon Pacific Coast Passport     3
The Oregon Coast Trail     4
The Oregon Coast Bike Route     5
Where to Stay     6
Camping Along the Oregon Coast     6
Lodging Along the Oregon Coast     7
Life in the Coastal Zone     8
Climate and Weather in the Coastal Zone     9
Dressing for Coastal Weather     9
Feature: Oregon's Historical Lighthouses     11
Map of Lighthouses on the Oregon Coast     11
Planning a Coast Trip     13
Maps of the Coast     13
Getting to the Oregon Coast     14
Mileposts     15
Pacific Standard, Daylight Saving, and Oregon Coast Time     16
Feature: Conde's Historic Coastal Bridges     17
Map of Bridges on the Oregon Coast     18
Hazards of Coastal Travel and Recreation     20
Personal Flotation Devices     20
Coastal Shoreline Hazards     21
Killer Logs     22
Swimming and Wading     23
Tsunamis     23
Sneaker Waves     25
Have a Safe Trip     26
Information     27
Feature: Best Festivals, Fairs, and Events on the Oregon Coast     29
Feature: Shipwrecks Along the Oregon Coast     33
History of the Oregon Coast     35
Early Inhabitants of the Oregon Coast     35
Early Explorers Along the Oregon Coast     36
Spanish Explorers     36
British Explorers     37
American Explorers     38
Fur Traders     38
Lewis and Clark     39
John Jacob Astor     40
Jedediah Strong Smith     40
The Role of the Fur Trade in Oregon     42
Pioneers and Settlers     42
Manifest Destinay and the Pioneers     43
Gold!     44
Settlement of the Oregon Coast     45
Map of Clatsop County Coast     46
The Clatsop County Coast (U.S. 101, mile 0 to mile 37.1)     47
Columbia River     48
Astoria     51
Warrenton     52
Must Stop Site: Fort Stevens State Historical Site and Military Museum     53
Must Stop Site: Fort Stevens State Park      54
Must Stop Site: Lewis and Clark National Historical Park, Fort Clatsop     56
Gearhart     59
Seaside     59
Must Stop Site: Seaside Visitors Bureau     62
Must Stop Site: Ecola State Park     65
Cannon Beach     66
Side Trip: U.S. Route 30, Astoria     71
Must Stop Site: Astoria Column     73
Must Stop Site: Columbia River Maritime Museum     74
Information     76
Feature: Know the Tides     77
Map of Tillamook County Coast     80
The Tillamook County Coast (U.S. 101, mile 37.1 to mile 102.7)     81
Must Stop Site: Oswald West State Park     82
Manzanita     85
Nehalem     86
Wheeler     88
Rockaway Beach     90
Garibaldi     94
Bay City     96
Must Stop Site: Tillamook County Creamery Association     98
Tillamook     99
Must Stop Site: Tillamook Pioneer Museum     100
Must Stop Site: Tillamook Air Museum     101
Hebo     104
Cloverdale     104
Neskowin     105
Side Trip: Must Stop Three Capes Scenic Loop      107
Must Stop Site: Cape Meares State Scenic Viewpoint     110
Oceanside     111
Netarts     113
Must Stop Site: Cape Lookout State Park     114
Must Stop Site: Anderson's Viewpoint     115
Pacific City     117
Must Stop Site: Cape Kiwanda County Park     117
Must Stop Site: Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area     119
Feature: The Dory Fleet     118
Information     122
Feature: Crabbing on the Oregon Coast     123
Map of Lincoln County Coast     130
The Lincoln County Coast (U.S. 101, mile 102.7 to mile 167.6)     131
Lincoln City     134
Feature: Oregon's Estuaries-The Ocean's Nursery     140
Table: Filmed on the Oregon Coast     144
Gleneden Beach     146
Depoe Bay     147
Must Stop Site: Depoe Bay Promenade     148
Must Stop Site: Devils Punch Bowl State Natural Area     152
Newport     154
Must Stop Site: Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area     155
Must Stop Site: Yaquina Bay State Recreation Area     158
Must Stop Site: Yaquina Bay Lighthouse     159
Must Stop Site: Oregon State University Hatfield Marine Science Center      165
Must Stop Site: Oregon Coast Aquarium     165
Seal Rock     167
Waldport     169
Must Stop Site: Alsea Bay Historic Interpretive Center     171
Must Stop: Yachats     173
Must Stop Site: Cape Perpetua Scenic Area     175
Side Trip: Three Rocks Road     177
Information     178
Feature: Marine Birds, Seals, and Sea Lions     179
Map of Lane County Coast     182
The Lane County Coast (U.S. 101 mile 167.6 to mile 198.6)     183
Must Stop Site: Heceta Head State Park and Devils Elbow     186
Must Stop Site: Heceta Head Lighthouse State Scenic Viewpoint     187
Florence     191
Table: Oregon Coast Golf Courses at a Glance     193
Must Stop Site: Old Town Florence     196
Must Stop Site: Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area     198
Must Stop Site: Jesse M. Honeyman Memorial State Park     199
Must Stop Site: Siltcoos Recreation Area     203
Information     204
Feature: Digging Clams on the Oregon Coast     205
Feature: Red Tides and Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning     213
Map of Douglas County Coast     214
The Douglas County Coast (U.S. 101 mile 198.6 to mile 220.6)     215
Gardiner     219
Reedsport     222
Must Stop Site: Umpqua Discovery Center     224
Must Stop Site: Dean Creek Elk Viewing Area     224
Winchester Bay     225
Must Stop Site: Salmon Harbor Recreation Area     226
Must Stop Site: Umpqua Lighthouse State Park     228
Must Stop Site: Umpqua River Light Station     228
Information     229
Feature: Watching Whales on the Oregon Coast     230
Map of Coos County Coast     234
The Coos County Coast (U.S. 101 mile 220.6 to mile 285.8)     235
Lakeside     237
Must Stop Site: Tenmile Lakes     238
Must Stop Site: Coos Bay     244
North Bend     246
Coos Bay     249
Must Stop Site: Bullards Beach State Park     257
Must Stop Site: Coquille River Lighthouse     258
Bandon     260
Must Stop Site: Old Town Bandon     263
Must Stop Site: New River Area of Critical Environmental Concern     265
Side Trip: Must Stop TransPacific Lane and Oregon Dunes NRA     266
Side Trip: Must Stop State Route 240, Cape Arago Highway     270
Must Stop: Charleston     272
Must Stop Site: South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve     275
Must Stop Site: Sunset Bay State Park     277
Must Stop Site: Cape Arago Lighthouse Viewpoint     278
Must Stop Site: Shore Acres State Park     279
Must Stop Site: Simpson Reef and Shell Island Overlook     281
Must Stop Site: Cape Arago State Park     281
Side Trip: Must Stop County Road 29, Beach Loop Road     282
Information     284
Feature: Crimson Berries of the Bog     285
Map of Curry County Coast     288
The Curry County Coast (U.S. 101 mile 285.8 to mile 363.1)     289
Langlois     290
Must Stop Site: Cape Blanco     292
Must Stop Site: Cape Blanco State Park Campground     293
Must Stop Site: Cape Blanco Lighthouse     294
Port Orford     295
Must Stop Site Port Orford Heads State Park     297
Ophir     301
Gold Beach     306
Must Stop Site: Jerry's River Museum     308
Must Stop Site: Cape Sebastian State Scenic Corridor     310
Must Stop Site: Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor     313
Brookings     316
Must Stop Site: Azalea Park     318
Information     323
Feature: Stranded Marine Mammals     324
Bibliography     329
Index     331
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