The beautiful 65-foot-tall Umpqua River Lighthouse guards the entrance to Winchester Bay and offers magnificent views of the Pacific Ocean and the surrounding area. The current building was completed in 1894, and the lens remains in operation with its distinctive two-white, one-red pattern. The lighthouse is owned by the U.S. Coast Guard and leased to Douglas County. Guided tours are available from May through October. A small museum in the Coast Guard building adjacent to the lighthouse features historical displays. The Umpqua River Lighthouse is located 6 miles south of Reedsport off Hwy 101. For more information about the lighthouse tours and museum, call (541) 271-4631. Camping is available in the nearby Umpqua River Lighthouse State Park. The park offers overnight camping for RVs and tents as well as a variety of one-room cabins and rustic yurts. For more information, call (541) 271-4118.
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Whether you’re the captain of your own boat, or have never had a boating experience, the folks at Ringo’s Lakeside Marina can make sure that your day at beautiful Tenmile Lakes is fun, relaxing and safe! Tenmile Lakes is located 10 miles north of Coos Bay on Hwy 101 in the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, and is known throughout the Pacific northwest as one of the best recreational lakes in the region. Excellent fishing, great water for swimming and boating, and mile of uninhabited shore line make it a perfect choice for a vacation or family getaway. If you love to go fishing, Tenmile Lakes is known for the big hauls of Bass, Trout, Steelhead, Catfish, and buckets of Perch, Bluegill and Crappie.
Treat the family to some fun on the water, and rent a boat by the hour or by the day! Ringo’s has everything you need for a safe and fun family excursion, even if you don’t have boating experience. Before every boat leaves their dock, the driver is thoroughly trained in safe boat operation. If you need more help, the folks at Ringo’s will take you out on the water and show you how.
Before taking the family out on the water, make sure to pick up your supplies for the day. Ringo’s has everything you need; from fishing licenses and life vests, to fishing tackle and bait, hats and other apparel, and snacks like pretzels, chips, coffee, beer and wine, and candy and ice cream.
WHERE: 325 S. 8th Street – Lakeside
Tenmile Lakes—actually two natural lakes connected by a man-made channel—are the perfect place for swimming, sailing, fishing, water skiing, boating or anything having to do with water. The 2,000-acre Tenmile Lakes are one of Oregon’s most popular water spots, with superb year-round fishing for large mouth bass, trout, crappie, bluegill and catfish. The lakes are unique because they drain almost directly into the ocean via Tenmile Creek, which provides great steelhead runs in the spring and fall. Make a picnic lunch and go down to one of the many tables or shelters. There are areas for swimming and wading. One day might not be enough to enjoy everything these lakes have to offer, so park the RV or pitch a tent at one of the many campgrounds, such as Osprey Point RV Resort where you’ll find full hook-ups, showers, restrooms and laundry facilities. Osprey Point RV Resort also has boat rentals and a general store. The lakes are located 10 miles north of Coos Bay on Hwy 101.
For more information, call Osprey Point RV Resort at 541-759-2801 or Lakeside Visitor Center (541) 759-3981.
Despite its close proximity to Hwy 101, Tugman State Park is relatively unknown — a private hideaway on the wondrous south coast. Located only about one mile from the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, this quaint and rustic area provides everything needed for a relaxing getaway. There is a picnic area that may be reserved, a public access boat ramp and a public fishing dock. The park boasts beautiful campsites tucked away in a strand of mature shore pine, and 16 yurts for lodging available by reservation. The park is located on scenic Eel Lake, excellent for boating, fishing, canoeing, swimming and sailing. The bushy shores provide areas for bass fishing and the lake is full of rainbow trout, steelhead, crappie and Coho salmon as well. You can also hike a great trail that follows the southern side of the lake and traces the many unique coves and inlets that shape the lake.
For more information, call (800) 551-6949.
Spend the afternoon in an Oregon lapidary treasure trove. This is a great educational and entertaining spot for families. Bill and Doris Usrey are rock hounds who are in it for life. They run their unique specialty rock and bead shop, Usrey’s Rock Bin, in Lakeside and have drawn in hobbyists from all over the country as they travel up and down the Oregon Coast. They have “lots and lots of rocks,” according to Doris. There are millions of beads along with cut and polished stones and even more rough rocks for people who want to cut their own. They have a bit of everything mineral, from magnetic jewelry to amethyst geodes. They have a large selection of rocks native to Oregon including sunstone, opals, agates, jasper, gemstones, thundereggs and of course, gold. Don’t just see something, make something. The Usreys offer lessons on bead stringing and wire wrapping, along with hand tools, grit for rock tumblers and other lapidary equipment for the experienced hound. Usrey’s Rock Bin is next to Tugman State Park.
WHERE: 72445 Hwy 101 – Lakeside
CALL: (541) 759-2321
The Community of Lakeside has just completed Wulfy Beach on the shores of South Tenmile Lake. Located within the Tenmile Lakes Coos County Park, Wulfy Beach gives both residents and visitors a new opportunity to enjoy the beautiful freshwater lakes. Featuring over 400 feet of newly sanded shoreline, Wulfy Beach now also has a roped swimming area, a swim dock, as well as an area for visiting boaters to park their boats and jet skis to have a picnic, play volleyball, swim, or simply relax on beautiful South Tenmile Lake!
Over 80 Palm Trees give Wulfy Beach a unique tropical feel. Visitors can also utilize the event grass area and beach volleyball courts as well as enjoy many of the 2015 summer events in Lakeside and Wulfy Beach! Upcoming Lakeside events include: Lakeside Crawdad Festival (Mothers Day Weekend), Jet Ski Races (Memorial Day Weekend), Lakeside Brewfest (Fathers Day Weekend), Fourth of July Fireworks (July 4), Lakeside Cardboard Boat Races (2nd Sat in August), and the event season ends with the Drag Boat Races on September 12th.