Share:

Floras Lake Trail Hike

Southern Oregon Coast + Rogue River, Oregon

Start Exploring
Floras Lake Trail Hike

Share:

  • Floras Lake is just a few hundred feet from the Pacific.- Floras Lake Trail Hike
  • The Floras Lake Trail begins at the boat ramp.- Floras Lake Trail Hike
  • The boat ramp at Floras Lake.- Floras Lake Trail Hike
  • Floras Lake Trail.- Floras Lake Trail Hike
  • Floras Lake Trail.- Floras Lake Trail Hike
  • Floras Lake Trail.- Floras Lake Trail Hike
  • The first beach access is a half mile down the trail.- Floras Lake Trail Hike
  • Beach access may be restricted to protect snowy plover habitat.- Floras Lake Trail Hike
  • Floras Lake is popular with sailboarders and kiteboarders.- Floras Lake Trail Hike
  • Floras Lake Trail leading through beach grass, an invasive species.- Floras Lake Trail Hike
  • Floras Lake Trail.- Floras Lake Trail Hike
  • Once the Floras Lake Trail meets the Oregon Coast Trail, vegetation becomes more dense.- Floras Lake Trail Hike
  • The second beach access along the Floras Lake Trail is about 1 mile into the hike.- Floras Lake Trail Hike
  • Beach access from the Floras Lake Trail.- Floras Lake Trail Hike
  • The beach on a foggy Oregon day.- Floras Lake Trail Hike
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Lakeside walk. Beach access. Oregon Coast Trail connection. Family friendly.
Cons: 
Exposed. Seasonal snowy plover protections may limit beach access.
Region:
Southern Oregon Coast + Rogue River, OR
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
20.00 ft (6.10 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
2.00 mi (3.22 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
20.00 ft (6.10 m)
Current Local Weather:
Published in collaboration with
Hike Description

Hike Description

Team

Floras Lake is well known as a destination for fans of wind-powered water sports. The lake is only separated from the ocean by a thin strip of dune and beach, so coastal winds frequently whip across this freshwater body. Kiteboarders and sailboarders alike find just the right mix of elements and geography on the lake, and with the option to stay overnight in Boice-Cope County Park, waiting for the right weather is easy.

Floras Lake is also part of the New River Area of Critical Environmental Concern, and the area around the lake is home to some of the same species of rare flora described at the New River Learning Center. Snowy plovers nest nearby, and the lake also receives annual traffic from migrating Aleutian Canada geese. The Floras Lake Trail is an excellent walk through this unique habitat, and it is an easy and rewarding side trip if your itinerary includes several activities. 

Leaving from the small parking area, the trail crosses Floras Creek, said to have formed the New River channel during a high water event in 1890. Once you're on the sand trail that winds around Floras Lake, you’ll have the chance to break off from it the and reach the ocean after only a half mile, or you can continue down to another small beach access trail approximately 0.8 miles from the trailhead. If you are looking for more to explore in the area, the Floras Lake Trail connects with the Oregon Coast Trail as it leads into Floras Lake State Park. Here you can follow the path as it plunges into the thicker coastal canopy. If you decide to return from any of these points along the beach, be very aware of protected snowy plover habitat; many areas along the beach are closed from March 15 through September 15 to protect this endangered species.

Note that areas in the Bandon State Natural AreaNew River Area of Critical Environmental Concern, and around Floras Lake are considered nesting habitat for the western snowy plover; dogs and other specified recreational activities are prohibited in certain areas between March 15 and September 15 to accommodate nesting and encourage the recovery of this threatened species.

Updates, Tips + Comments

Updates, Tips + Comments

Field Guide + Trail Map

Field Guide + Trail Map

Download
Published in collaboration with
Location + Directions

Location + Directions

Nearby Camping + Lodging

(4 within a 30 mile radius)

Nearby Adventures

(32 within a 30 mile radius)

Published in collaboration with
Related Content

Related Content

Adventure Community

Adventure Community

Who Wants To Do It
11 Members
Who's Done It
4 Members
Submission by
Team
368 Adventures Explored
344 Adventures Published

Published in collaboration with The People's Coast

A profound concept originally envisioned by governor Oswald West, in 1967 the Oregon legislature ultimately realized his vision of making the entire Oregon Coast forever open to the public in a piece of landmark legislation titled the Oregon Beach Bill, officially making all 363 miles public land. "The People's Coast" is truly a one-of-a-kind coastline, a unique blend of mountains and rocky stacks, towering old growth forests, marine sanctuaries, tide pools and kelp forests, charming towns, historic fishing communities, world-class golfing, breweries, and simply jaw-dropping scenic beaches. We encourage you to plan your next trip at visittheoregoncoast.com or by calling (541) 574-2679.

Newsletter Signup

Join the Outdoor Project Community

Get access to essential planning materials and information for your next adventure. Take a few seconds to join the community. It’s FREE!

Free Field Guides + Maps

Post Updates, Tips + Comments

Organize + Track Your Adventures

Insider Detailed Info, News + Benefits

Custom Driving Directions

Recommended Campsites, Photos + Reservation Info