Top 10 Things to do in Winchester Bay, United States

August 19, 2017 Tonie Szymanski

Winchester Bay is an unincorporated community in Douglas County, Oregon, United States. For statistical purposes, the United States Census Bureau has defined Winchester Bay as a census-designated place (CDP). The census definition of the area may not precisely correspond to local understanding of the area with the same name. The population of the CDP was 382 at the 2010 census. The community of Umpqua City was established in 1850.
Restaurants in Winchester Bay

1. Umpqua River Lighthouse

1020 Lighthouse Rd, Winchester Bay, OR 97467-8734 +1 541-271-4631
Excellent
62%
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4.5 based on 132 reviews

Umpqua River Lighthouse

Reviewed By Linda C - Moorpark, California

Not all of the Oregon Coast lighthouses are accessible, but this one is. We parked across the road and took about 15 steps to stand beside it (all flat ground.) This is the second lighthouse to occupy the spot, standing 65' tall on an elevation of 165' above the river and shore. It was built in 1894 and is nearly identical to the HECITA Lighthouse; however, this one emits a distinctive red and white flash. It's maintained by the US Coastguard. Pretty views. Free!

2. Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area

855 Highway Avenue, Reedsport, OR 97467 +1 541-271-3611
Excellent
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4.5 based on 247 reviews

Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area

A forty-mile recreational area along the coast of Oregon consisting of thirty lakes, dunes, campgrounds and hiking trails.

Reviewed By westie2 - Kensington, CT

We visited two sections during our stay on the Oregon coast. The first stop was the south jetty located minutes from downtown Florence. We enjoyed watching dozens of harbor seals frolicking in the water. We also walked out on the jetty where several people were catching mostly juvenile Dungeness crabs. The other section we visited was an overlook where there were 3 viewing decks that provided us with a quick overview of the massive dunes.

3. Spinreel Dune Buggy and ATV Rental

67045 Spinreel Rd, Lakeside, OR 97459-7759
Excellent
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4.5 based on 161 reviews

Spinreel Dune Buggy and ATV Rental

Reviewed By R R - San Diego, California

Operated by friendly locals who respect the dunes while helping you have a good time. We selected the guided tour, which was more our speed and enabled us to stop and hear descriptions of the dunes, local ecology, and sites. Well worth the time and money. They are disabled-accomodating with a short heads-up. Best time to see dunes is after tourist season; otherwise can be crowded mayhem. Bring a long-sleeve shirt of there's a possibility of clouds, because you're out in the open and it gets cold quickly.

4. Ridin' Dirty ATV Rentals

75293 US Hwy 101, Winchester Bay, OR 97467 +1 541-817-7106
Excellent
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5 based on 27 reviews

Ridin' Dirty ATV Rentals

On the Oregon Coast in Winchester Bay at Ridin' Dirty ATV Rentals we take our ridin' seriously. We've got the best dunes in the state and we know you'll love them too. Whether it's your first time or you are a seasoned rider, come rent the best ATV's, Side by Side's and Dirt Bikes on the Oregon Coast.

Reviewed By munchkin2plump - Orange, California

We were driving up the Oregon coastline...we came across absolutely breathtaking sand dunes that went for miles & miles! We found a cute little town to stay nearby and Ridin' Dirty was across the street. Family owned, very friendly and personable. They have pride in their equipment and they're very accommodating! They bring the toys to you right at the staging area which is only 1.7 miles away! Good prices and good sand toys!

5. Dean Creek Elk Viewing Area

48819 State Hwy. 38 Reedsport, OR 97467, Reedsport, OR
Excellent
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4.5 based on 172 reviews

Dean Creek Elk Viewing Area

Reviewed By Geoff R - Ashland, Oregon

I really cannot understand the negative comments here. This is a stretch of land where elks live. Some days they will be close to the road, some days not. The facilities are excellent and the binoculars free. Try going to Buckingham Palace and complaining you saw no royalty!

6. William M. Tugman State Park

72549 Highway 101, Lakeside, OR 97449-8697 +1 541-759-3604
Excellent
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4.5 based on 28 reviews

William M. Tugman State Park

Reviewed By Laurie3cats - Salem, Oregon

Stayed in a yurt for two nights in late October, two adults, a toddler and a small dog. The yurt was an adequate size for our group, but wouldn't be big enough for many more, maybe an additional child. The heater kept us cozy during the rainy nights, and there are several electrical outlets for phone chargers, etc. There is also an electrical outlet and a water faucet outside. A fire pit and picnic table are provided outside, there is a bench on the covered porch. A broom and dustpan are provided inside, plus a number of pegs to hang coats on. The futon opens to a double sized bed, the bunk has a double size lower bed and single size upper. There is also a small table and two chairs.

Don't leave food or trash out, the crows tore up our trash during the day, and a bear got into the trash back during the night.

Camp hosts are friendly. There is a nice playground next to the lake. Restrooms are clean and spacious.

7. Umpqua Aquaculture Triangle Oyster Farm

723 Ork Rock Road, Winchester Bay, OR +1 541-271-5684
Excellent
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4 based on 19 reviews

Umpqua Aquaculture Triangle Oyster Farm

Reviewed By SoCalOregonian - Murrieta, California

The Oyster Farm is located within a Triangle formed by the South Jetty and another jetty to close the triangle. The best view of the operation is from the wayside located off of Highway 101 just above the Umpqua lighthouse. Their retail store and shucking operation is located in the town of Winchester Bay.

8. SunbuggyFun Rentals

678 Salmon Harbor Dr, Winchester Bay, OR 97467-8716 +1 866-728-4443
Excellent
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5 based on 3 reviews

SunbuggyFun Rentals

Reviewed By kbengt8 - Temecula, California

The staff at sunbuggy & ATV fun rentals in houser, Oregon is unbelievably helpful and friendly. The customer service alone was 6 out of 5 stars! They truly care about rider safety. My sister, friend and I were on a road trip up the west coast, it was our first time renting ATVs and Tom, Sid, and Jodie took the time to carefully go over all of the safety precautions and how to operate the vehicle. They even made sure we had eaten and brought waters before going out for our 2 hour ride!! They went above and beyond on customer service, and the ride was absolutely beautiful! There is an option to stay in the dune area or go on the beach. My group decided to check out the beach first and it was unbelievably gorgeous! About 20+ miles of private beach, perfect flat surface for beginner riders. After we got the hang of operating the ATV, we decided to go check out the dune area too! It was such an amazing time and I will definitely be recommending this to my friends and family!!

9. Umpqua Discovery Center

409 Riverfront Way, Reedsport, OR 97467-1495 +1 541-271-4816
Excellent
64%
Good
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Poor
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4.5 based on 25 reviews

Umpqua Discovery Center

Fun for the whole family! Hike the natural history and learn about the plants and animals of tidewater country. Slide into the bear den and visit a weather station. Then you will travel back in time to learn about the early Kuuich tribe, days of early logging, and visit a tidewater town.

Reviewed By SHADDACalifornia - San Mateo, California

You should not visit with little children. The gift shop is too enticing and located right at the front door. Not enough hands-on displays.

10. Twist it atv rentals

Hwy 101, Winchester Bay, OR 97420 +1 541-707-0789
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5 based on 1 reviews

Twist it atv rentals

Reviewed By Colt James M

These guy are super friendly and got really nice Atv's we shopped around at a few other ATV rental companies in the area and these guys ended up being the cheapest and had the nicest machines.

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