Pistol River State Park was the site of a fierce battle in the Rogue River Indian Wars of the 1850s, but today is known primarily for its beauty, its flora and fauna and the many recreational opportunities it offers. The Pistol River carves its way past fantastic rock formations, between towering sand dunes and finally into the ocean. It has repeatedly changed its course, and left behind unique pothole ponds that provide waterfowl with ideal habitats, making the area very popular with bird-watchers. The park also offers superb windsurfing, with conditions so ideal that the national windsurfing championships have been held there. Walking, swimming, hiking and boating are among the many recreational activities popular at the park. Interpretive tours are offered and you are almost guaranteed to see abundant land and sea wildlife, including a wide variety of the birds who make the park their home. A horse trail is maintained there as well.