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Lake Marie

Umpqua Lighthouse State Park

Central Oregon Coast, Oregon

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  • A small, sandy beach is easily accessible from the parking area.- Lake Marie
  • The Lake Marie Trailhead.- Lake Marie
  • Paved trails lead to surrounding picnic tables and restrooms.- Lake Marie
  • One of many shaded picnic areas around Lake Marie.- Lake Marie
  • One of many shaded picnic areas around Lake Marie.- Lake Marie
  • Lake Marie, Umpqua Lighthouse State Park.- Lake Marie
  • While not large, Lake Marie is a great spot for a casual paddle, and the trail is easily added to a busy sightseeing schedule.- Lake Marie
  • The paved spurs that leave from the lakeshore trail lead to the Umpqua Lighthouse State Park Campground.- Lake Marie
  • Lake Marie Trail, Umpqua Lighthouse State Park.- Lake Marie
  • New roots prying into an old nurse stump.- Lake Marie
  • Yurts in the Umpqua Lighthouse State Park Campground are visible on the ridge above the lake.- Lake Marie
  • Lake Marie Trail, Umpqua Lighthouse State Park.- Lake Marie
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Pros: 
Short trail. Picnic tables and beach. Quiet lake. Plant identification information.
Cons: 
None.
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Region:
Central Oregon Coast, OR
Congestion: 
High
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
20.00 ft (6.10 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
1.30 mi (2.09 km)
Trail type: 
Loop
Trailhead Elevation: 
36.00 ft (10.97 m)
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Hike Description

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Just as much a part of Umpqua Lighthouse State Park as Umpqua River Lighthouse and the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, Lake Marie makes a perfect day trip from the Reedsport area. A generous day use area starts with a sandy beach that is a perfect spot for families looking for a tame, freshwater break from the waves. Several picnic tables extend for a few hundred yards northeast around the lake. While many of these are well shaded and tucked away in the trees, a more open and exposed day use area is just north of the lake near the restrooms.

Lake Marie is non-motorized. If you can’t get out for a quick paddle, the Lake Marie Trail that encircles the lake is an enjoyable walk. This short, family-friendly loop is a great complement to a lighthouse tour. The trail leads through a mature coastal forest of Douglas fir, shore pine, and spruce, with an understory dominated by salal, rhododendron, vine maple, and fern. Small signs identify the plant species you encounter along the way and include some interesting facts. For instance, did you know that Douglas firs are nocturnal drinkers, taking up half of the water they will need for the next day in overnight binges?

As you walk around the lake, you will encounter a number of paths that lead away from the water. These are the trail access points for the Umpqua Lighthouse State Park Campground, which enjoys a privileged position overlooking the lake. Stay low and near the shore to stick to the Lake Marie Trail. Several more secluded swimming opportunities present themselves as the trail reaches the east and south shores. The lake has good fishing, though plenty of vegetation holds the souvenirs from blind backcasts.

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