Paper pub. date
January 2008
ISBN 9780870712937 (paperback)
7 x 10 inches, 368 pages. B&W Photographs. Maps. Bibliography. Index.

Oregon Coastal Access Guide

A Mile by Mile Guide to Scenic and Recreational Attractions
Second Edition
Kenn Oberrecht
Oregon Sea Grant

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 revised and updated 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 trails
  • 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 has lived on the southern Oregon coast since 1975. He 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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Map of the Oregon Coast

Traveling the Oregon Coast U.S.
    101, mile 0 to mile 363.1

The Coastal Counties

Oregon's Public Beaches

Oregon Pacific Coast Passport

The Oregon Coast Trail

The Oregon Coast Bike Route

Where to Stay
   Camping Along the Oregon Coast
   Lodging Along the Oregon Coast

Oregon's Historical Lighthouses
   Map of Lighthouses on the Oregon Coast

Life in the Coastal Zone
   Climate and Weather in the Coastal Zone
   Dressing for Coastal Weather

Planning a Coast Trip
   Maps of the Coast
   Getting to the Oregon Coast


Map of Bridges on the Oregon Coast

Pacific Standard, Daylight Saving, and Oregon Coast Time

Shipwrecks Along the Oregon Coast

Hazards of Coastal Travel and Recreation
   Personal Flotation Devices
   Coastal Shoreline Hazards
   Killer Logs
   Swimming and Wading
   Sneaker Waves
   Have a Safe Trip


Feature: Best Festivals, Fairs, and Events on the Oregon Coast

History of the Oregon Coast
   Early Inhabitants of the Oregon Coast
   Early Explorers Along the Oregon Coast
   Fur Traders
   Pioneers and Settlers
   Settlement of the Oregon Coast

Map of Clatsop County Coast

The Clatsop County Coast
   U.S. 101, mile 37.1 to mile 102.7

Columbia River


   Must Stop   Fort Stevens State Historical Site and Military Museum
   Must Stop   Fort Stevens State Park
   Must Stop   Fort Clatsop National Memorial


   Must Stop   Seaside Visitors Bureau
   Must Stop   Ecola State Park

Cannon Beach

   Side Trip: U.S. Route 30, Astoria
   Must Stop   Astoria Column
   Must Stop   Columbia River Maritime Museum


Feature: Know the Tides

Map of Tillamook County Coast

The Tillamook County Coast
   U.S. 101, 37.1 to mile 102.7
   Must Stop   Oswald West State Park




Rockaway Beach


Bay City
   Must Stop   Tillamook County Creamery Association

   Must Stop   Tillamook Pioneer Museum
   Must Stop   Tillamook Air Museum




Side Trip:     Must Stop   Three Capes Scenic Loop
   Must Stop   Cape Meares State Scenic Viewpoint


   Must Stop   Cape Lookout State Park
   Must Stop   Anderson's Viewpoint

Pacific City
   Must Stop   Cape Kiwanda County Park
   Must Stop   Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area

Feature: The Dory Fleet


Feature: Crabbing on the Oregon Coast

Map of Lincoln County Coast

The Lincoln County Coast
   U.S. 101, mile 102.7 to mile 167.6

Lincoln City

Feature: Oregon's Estuaries--The Ocean's Nursery

Table: Filmed on the Oregon Coast

Gleneden Beach

Depoe Bay
   Must Stop   Depoe Bay Promenade
   Must Stop   Devil's Punch Bowl State Natural Area

   Must Stop   Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area
   Must Stop   Yaquina Bay State Recreation Area
   Must Stop   Yaquina Bay Lighthouse
   Must Stop   Oregon State University Hatfield Marine Science Center
   Must Stop   Oregon Coast Aquarium

Seal Rock

   Must Stop   Alsea Bay Historic Interpretive Center

   Must Stop   Yachats
   Must Stop   Cape Perpetua Scenic Area

   Side Trip:   Three Rocks Road


Feature: Marine Birds, Seals, and Sea Lions

Map of Lane County Coast

The Lane County Coast    U.S. 101 mile 167.6 to mile 198.6
   Must Stop   Heceta Head State Park and Devils Elbow
   Must Stop   Heceta Head Lighthouse State Scenic Viewpoint

   Must Stop   Old Town Florence

Table: Oregon Coast Golf Courses at a Glance
   Must Stop   Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area
   Must Stop   Jesse M. Honeyman Memorial State Park
Siltcoos Recreation Area


Feature: Digging Clams on the Oregon Coast

Feature: Red Tides and Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning

Map of Dougals County Coast

The Dougals County Coast
   U.S. 101 mile 198.6 to mile 220.6


   Must Stop   Umpqua Discovery Center
   Must Stop   Dean Creek Elk Viewing Area

Winchester Bay
   Must Stop   Salmon Harbor Recreation Area
   Must Stop   Umpqua Lighthouse State Park
Umpqua River Light Station


Feature: Watching Whales on the Oregon Coast

Map of Coos County Coast

The Coos County Coast
   U.S. 101 mile 220.6 to mile 285.8

   Must Stop   Tenmile Lakes
   Must Stop   Coos Bay

North Bend

Coos Bay
   Must Stop   Bullards Beach State Park
   Must Stop   Coquille River Lighthouse

   Must Stop   Old Town Bandon
   Must Stop   New River Area of Critical Environmental Concern

   Side Trip:      Must Stop   Trans-Pacific Parkway and Oregon Dunes

   Side Trip:      Must Stop   State Route 240, Cape Arago Highway

   Must Stop   Charleston
   Must Stop   South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve
   Must Stop   Sunset Bay State Park
   Must Stop   Cape Arago Lighthouse Viewpoint
   Must Stop   Shore Acres State Park
   Must Stop   Simpson Reef and Shell Island Overlook
   Must Stop   Cape Arago State Park

   Side Trip:      Must Stop   County Road 29, Beach Loop Road


Feature: Crimson Berries of the Bog

Map of Curry County Coast

The Curry County Coast
   U.S. 101 mile 285.8 to mile 363.1

   Must Stop   Cape Blanco
   Must Stop   Cape Blanco State Park
   Must Stop   Cape Blanco Lighthouse

Port Orford
   Must Stop   Port Orford Heads State Park


Gold Beach
   Must Stop   Jerry's River Museum
   Must Stop   Cape Sebastian State Scenic Corridor
   Must Stop   Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor

   Must Stop   Azalea Park


Feature: Stranded Marine Mammals



"A thorough and imminently useful guide… In fact, this book is closer to the ideal than any other on the subject." --The Statesman Journal

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