Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area


Three Off Road Vehicles on the Sand

Adventure and solitude await you in 40 miles of wind-sculpted, shifting sand dunes! While famous for its OHV riding opportunities , there are numerous recreational opportunities among the thick “tree islands,” open dunes, marsh-like deflation plains and beaches. Hiking, paddling, wildlife viewing (including great birding), camping, picnicking, sand play and beach access - the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area has it all.

See it before you explore it! Use Travel Lane County’s Google-Trekked Trails to see Google's "trail view" of this area. Click on the "trail details" for more information on the trail itself. Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area / trail details

PloverLove Graphic4Be a Friend to Snowy Plovers! Share the Beach March 15 – September 15

During Snowy Plover nesting season (March 15-September 15) we coordinate with Oregon State parks and beachgoers to protect these threatened birds during a very sensitive time. By following nesting season restrictions and sharing the beach, you can help ensure plover chicks survive to adulthood. View restrictions here.

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

Open Season: Year Round
Restrictions: The Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area provides beach access, but the beaches are regulated by Oregon State Parks.
Closest Towns: Reedsport, Oregon; Florence, Oregon
Information Center: The Visitor 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 Visitor Center is conveniently located at the mid point of the Dunes along Highway 101 in Reedsport, Oregon.

General Information


The Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area extends for 40 miles along the Oregon Coast from Florence, OR to Coos Bay, OR. View a map of the area

General Notes:
Two kids rolling and climbing a sand dune

Two people riding horses in the ocean

Geology of the Dunes

Dunes Management

Management of the Dunes is guided by the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area Management Plan (1994). In 2015 the Oregon Dunes OHV Designated Routes Project was implemented to designate a sustainable system of trails and areas for motor vehicle use. This project covers only the area designated as Management Area 10 C in the Dunes Management Plan.

Working Together

Would you like to volunteer at the Oregon Dunes Visitor Center? Find out more from our Volunteer page.


Explore the Dunes from our Accessible Adventures Videos showcasing places at the Dunes and beyond. 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.

A man in a wheelchair reads an interpretive panel

Find more accessible recreation opportunities in Pacific Northwest National Forests here.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Beaches & Dunes

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Camping & Cabins

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Horse Riding & Camping

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Nature Viewing

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OHV Riding & Camping

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Outdoor Learning

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Water Activities

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