Pistol River North Beach

Southern Oregon Coast + Rogue River, Oregon

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Pistol River North Beach


  • Entering the beach looking towards the large sea stacks- Pistol River North Beach
  • Myers Creek Beach lies in the background from the sand dunes- Pistol River North Beach
  • Sand dunes covered in grasses- Pistol River North Beach
  • Couple strolls along the beach in the early morning- Pistol River North Beach
  • interesting sand formations left from high tide- Pistol River North Beach
  • Bundle of bull kelp washed up on shore- Pistol River North Beach
  • Animal tracks left behind from the night before- Pistol River North Beach
  • Old piece of drift wood is buried amongst small dunes- Pistol River North Beach
  • A pretty mussel shell lies open on the sand- Pistol River North Beach
  • Two towering sea stacks mark this beaches location- Pistol River North Beach
  • Seagulls take flight as visitors approach- Pistol River North Beach
  • Looking back north from the end of this section of beach- Pistol River North Beach
  • Milky Way rising over the beach- Pistol River North Beach
Overview + Weather
Sand dunes. Sand dollars.
Occasionally windy.
Southern Oregon Coast + Rogue River, OR
Location type: 
Sandy beach
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
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Adventure Description


Pistol River Beach is a 3.25-mile long stretch of soft sand and dunes along the rugged Southern Oregon Coast and is connected to Myers Creek Beach. Because the entirety of Pistol River Beach is so long, there are three main access points: North, Middle, and South. The north section is most notably marked by two massive sea stacks towering over the beach. Thousands of years of erosion of softer sediments left these pillars of rock standing today. Try to imagine what this coastline might look like after another thousand years of erosion.

When first entering the beach there is a very short walk through some beautiful sand dunes. Those to the south are primarily covered in grasses, and those to the north have more open slopes. Grasses begin to disappear as you walk northward along the beach, leaving only dunes made of sand that are considerably smaller. A stroll far enough northward will take you to Myers Creek Beach. A long stretch of sands lies ahead if you decide to venture southward. Sand dollars are easy to find here in early morning hours at lower tides; just keep your eyes peeled for them slightly buried beneath the sand.

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