Tahkenitch Lake

Central Oregon Coast, Oregon

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Tahkenitch Lake


  • This large boat ramp is better suited for motorized boats and trailers.- Tahkenitch Lake
  • The main boat ramp at Tahkenitch Lake.- Tahkenitch Lake
  • The smaller of two boat ramps on Tahkenitch Lake is part of the Tahkenitch Landing Campground, and is much better suited for personal watercraft.- Tahkenitch Lake
  • The day use area includes a fishing dock.- Tahkenitch Lake
  • The fishing dock on Tahkenitch Lake.- Tahkenitch Lake
  • The lake has several private houses floating in the various bays and fingers.- Tahkenitch Lake
  • The paddle from Tahkenitch Landing Campground around Jewitt Island is a quick way to get a sense of the lake's size and scenery.- Tahkenitch Lake
  • Trestles support a road that crosses Tahkenitch Lake. Fivemile Arm begins on the other side.- Tahkenitch Lake
  • The banks of Tahkenitch are dense, and there are relatively few places to stop and explore.- Tahkenitch Lake
  • Tahkenitch Lake near the day use area.- Tahkenitch Lake
  • Lily pads on Tahkenitch Lake.- Tahkenitch Lake
Overview + Weather
Two easily accessed boat ramps. Nearby camping. Fishing. Near to dunes.
No beaches.
Central Oregon Coast, OR
Site characteristics: Water: 
Motorized watercraft allowed: 
Parking Pass: 
General Day Use Fee
Portage required: 
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Water difficulty: 
Easy / Class A
Current Local Weather:
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Paddle Description

Paddle Description


Tahkenitch Lake is an enormous lake consisting of several arms where water has filled natural valleys and drainages. Located right off of Highway 101, Tahkenitch’s 1,674 acres call to many a coastal traveler driving between Reedsport and Florence. The lake is well known for good fishing, and the lake’s geography is sufficiently varied to support a diversity of species; perch are common, but you can also cast for coho, largemouth bass, and lake trout.

Tahkenitch Lake is also a great option for recreational boating and paddling. Two boat ramps are located on the northwest edge of the lake just off of Highway 101. The northernmost ramp is more robust and a better option for larger motorized boats, and just a quarter mile south you’ll find the smaller ramp in the day use area in Tahkenitch Landing Campground. The coastal winds that pound the beaches may be less of an obstacle here, and the arms of the lake provide plenty of natural shelter when the winds do show up. Weed and Jewitt Islands, to the north and south of the ramps, respectively, are good goals for beginning paddlers, and any of the arms are perfect for those with more time and experience.

Day use fees apply at both ramps, and Recreation Passes satisfy this requirement.

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