Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area


Adventure and solitude await you in 40 miles of wind-sculpted, shifting sand dunes!

Hiking, paddling, wildlife viewing, camping, picnicking, sand play and beach access - the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area has it all.

While famous for its OHV riding opportunities, the Oregon Dunes also offers many areas for those who are not OHV enthusiasts.

Wheelchair accessible sites like Lagoon or Taylor Dune Trail and Oregon Dunes Day Use open the wonders of the Oregon Dunes to all forest visitors.

Areas from North to South

  • South Jetty Area
    South Jetty area provides day use access to the beach and dunes, with separate areas for OHV use and non motorized use.
  • Siltcoos Area
    Along the Siltcoos River are traditional campgrounds and easy trails along the river and to the beach.
    OHV users will find developed and dispersed camping opportunities.
  • Oregon Dunes Day Use
    Miles from OHV recreation areas, the Day Use Area provides exceptional opportunities to explore the dynamic dunes.
  • Tahkenitch Area
    Within easy access of Highway 101 traditional campgrounds provide lake access for boaters and dune access for hikers only.
  • Umpqua Dunes Area
    The most impressive dunes are found and easily viewed from the access road. This area is managed primarily for OHV users; however the beach is closed to all but foot traffic. Eel Creek, separate from the OHV areas and just west of Highway 101, is the location of a popular trailhead and campground adjacent to the area's largest and most expansive dunes.
  • Spinreel to Horsfall Area
    Predominantly used by OHVers, this is the Dunes largest and most diverse riding area. South of the access road, areas are open only to horse back riding and hiking. At the road’s end beach viewing and access are available.

At a Glance

Restrictions: Note: The Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area provides beach access, but the beaches are regulated by Oregon State Parks.
Information Center: The Visitor Information Center offers:
  • Exhibits and restrooms
  • Book and gift shop with a Dunes flavor
  • Maps, brochures and other information
  • Friendly and helpful staff that can help you make the most of your visit
dunes logo The Center is conveniently located at the mid point of the Dunes along Highway 101 in Reedsport, Oregon.
Visitor Center address and phone number.

General Information


The Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area extends for 40 miles along the Oregon Coast from Florence, OR to Coos Bay, OR

General Notes:

Wind-sculpted sand dunes towering to 500 feet above sea level provide numerous recreational opportunities including off-highway vehicle use, hiking, photography, fishing, canoeing, horseback riding and camping.

Visitors enjoy thick “tree islands,” open dunes, marsh-like deflation plains and beaches.

Formed by the ancient forces of wind, water and time, these dunes are like no others in the world. This is the largest expanse of coastal sand dunes in North America.

The sand comes from sedimentary rock uplifted 12 million years ago in Oregon’s Coast Range Mountains. Rivers moved the rock downstream, tumbling and grinding it into sand. The present shoreline stabilized about 6,000 years ago. The strong elemental forces of tides, waves and winds have been constantly moving the sand for centuries—up to two and a half miles inland in places!

Digging Deeper About the Dunes

Dunes Management

Working Together

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For information about accessible recreation opportunities in Pacific Northwest National Forests, visithttp://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/r6/accessiblerecreation

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