What could be better than watching beautiful waterfowl against the backdrop of the powerful and majestic Pacific Ocean? Pistol River State Park is rich in diverse wildlife, history, natural magnificence and much more. The Pistol River carves its way past awesome rock formations, between towering sand dunes and finally flows into the ocean. The river, which was named because a soldier lost his pistol in the water during a skirmish with Native Americans, has repeatedly changed its course and left behind unique pothole ponds that provide waterfowl with ideal habitats. The pothole ponds make the area very popular with bird watchers, so if you enjoy this great pastime, you will absolutely love Pistol Creek State Park. The park also offers superb windsurfing, with windsurfing conditions so coveted that the national championships have been held at the park. Walking, swimming, hiking and boating are some of the other recreational activities popular at the park. Interpretive tours are offered and you are almost guaranteed to see a diverse number of land and sea animals, along with many different birds that make the park their home. A horse trail is also maintained at the park. You are sure to find something that either thrills or relaxes you at this lovely state park. Pistol River State Park is located about 11 miles south of the town of Gold Beach just off Hwy 101. For more information, call the Oregon State Park Information Center at (800) 551-6949.