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Old 05-23-2012, 11:33 AM
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We are camping at Umpqua Lighthouse State Park in about a month or so. I thought I'd see if anyone has any recommendations of what we should see and do and eat while in the area?

Also - is it possible to rent 4-runners/ATV's to ride on the dunes even if you don't have a trailer or a way to pull them on the back of your car?

I feel silly for asking these questions because we have done tons of camping on the coast, but we've never done Umpqua and we've also never done any kind of ATV'ing on the dunes - just sandboarding.
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Old 05-23-2012, 12:03 PM
Location: the Beaver State
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One of my favorite beaches!

Not much on the "too see" list other then the Lighthouse and the Sand Dunes there. Winchester Bay is kind of cool if you're into boats at all. You may be able to get a deep sea fishing charter boat out of there.

If you head south to Lakeside, you can fish in the lake there.

If you head up north to Reedsport, there is a wild life viewing area about an mile outside of town on Highway 38. I have never failed to see at least one elk in there no matter what time of day I've visited. If you visit closer to dusk you'll probably see a herd of 50+.

If you can find any open, the Myrtlewood Factories are fun to visit. They used to dot the entire coast area there and change ownership so often that I can't give you any ideas.

The bridge across the Bay outside of North Bend is pretty awesome, and if you head to the beach there around Hungryman Cove you may be able to see the remains of a ship wreck from 1912 that was unearthed by the weather a couple of years ago. The New Clarrisa also wrecked there, but it should be totally gone now. There are also a nice old book store in North Bend, and a couple of antique shops in Coos Bay, along with older 1920's buildings in the "down town" cores of both cities.

Still further South I'd recommend going all the way down to Bandon, hit up the Wild Life Park and Misty Meadow Jams just down the street there, wander through the down town area, see Face Rock and the Bandon/Coquille River Lighthouse.

On the food front your choices are some what limited. The Pizza Place on the docks in Winchester Bay used to be really good, but I have not been there since they changed owners and names. Fishpatrick's, Unger's, and King Neptune's all have good reviews, but I've never eaten at any of them either. (I have family in the area, so I tend to eat there.)

Reedsport and North Bend/Coos Bay both have some OK food choices. They're not fine dining mecca's by any stretch. I can recommend the German Place in Coos Bay (who's name is escaping me right now,) and amazingly, the restaurant at the Casino there.

ATV Rentals are all through there too, most of them are going to be North of Winchester Bay. There is not usually one at Winchester Bay, but you can rent without having a trailer, although they may not let you take it very far. All the rental places have trails directly to the Sand Dunes, guided tours, and frequently large dune vehicles to take groups of people all at once.
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Old 05-23-2012, 04:09 PM
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Awesome! Thank you!
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Old 05-24-2012, 10:42 AM
Location: Long Beach Peninsula, WA
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The gardens at Shore Acres State Park west of Coos Bay are definitely worth seeing The rhododendrons are just spectacular in May, but if you are going in June, the roses should be in bloom. Hope you will have good weather for your adventure!
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Old 05-24-2012, 12:35 PM
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We love Shore Acres... thanks prairierose.
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