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Loon Lake: The Oregon Coast's Hidden Summer Destination

08.14.17

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Loon Lake: The Oregon Coast's Hidden Summer Destination

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  • Loon Lake Lodge and RV Resort main entrance and day use area.- Loon Lake: The Oregon Coast's Hidden Summer Destination
  • Kayakers enjoy an evening paddle on a warm summer's evening on Loon Lake.- Loon Lake: The Oregon Coast's Hidden Summer Destination
  • Recommended group site 48 at Loon Lake Lodge and RV Resort, known as "The Point," complete with private fishing deck.- Loon Lake: The Oregon Coast's Hidden Summer Destination
  • The marina at Loon Lake Lodge and RV Resort.- Loon Lake: The Oregon Coast's Hidden Summer Destination
  • Loon Lake Lodge and RV Resort: The substantial dock is ideal for picnicking.- Loon Lake: The Oregon Coast's Hidden Summer Destination
  • The marina at Loon Lake Lodge and RV Resort.- Loon Lake: The Oregon Coast's Hidden Summer Destination
  • Campers enjoy the sandy swimming beach on a warm summer's day on Loon Lake.- Loon Lake: The Oregon Coast's Hidden Summer Destination
  • Wake boarder on Loon Lake.- Loon Lake: The Oregon Coast's Hidden Summer Destination
  • Contributor Daniel Sherman paddling across Loon Lake.- Loon Lake: The Oregon Coast's Hidden Summer Destination
  • A raptor soars above the Loon Lake Lodge's Waterfront House.- Loon Lake: The Oregon Coast's Hidden Summer Destination
  • Motorboat enthusiasts enjoying a warm summer's afternoon on Loon Lake.- Loon Lake: The Oregon Coast's Hidden Summer Destination
  • Paddling toward St. Patrick's Rock on the western shore of Loon Lake.- Loon Lake: The Oregon Coast's Hidden Summer Destination
  • Dusk sets in over Loon Lake from a roadside viewpoint near Loon Lake Lodge.- Loon Lake: The Oregon Coast's Hidden Summer Destination
  • The other end of the Loony's Lakeview Trail, terminating in Loon Lake RV Resort Upper Marina.- Loon Lake: The Oregon Coast's Hidden Summer Destination
  • The upper tier at Loon Lake Falls.- Loon Lake: The Oregon Coast's Hidden Summer Destination
  • One of two good viewpoints of nearby Silver Falls.- Loon Lake: The Oregon Coast's Hidden Summer Destination
  • Nearby Golden Falls.- Loon Lake: The Oregon Coast's Hidden Summer Destination
  • Umpqua River Lighthouse.- Loon Lake: The Oregon Coast's Hidden Summer Destination
  • The thick walls of the Cape Meares Lighthouse were built to withstand massive wind.- Loon Lake: The Oregon Coast's Hidden Summer Destination
  • The first-order Fresnel lens at the Umpqua River Lighthouse.- Loon Lake: The Oregon Coast's Hidden Summer Destination
  • The meadows of Dean Creek Elk Viewing Area.- Loon Lake: The Oregon Coast's Hidden Summer Destination
  • Dean Creek Elk Viewing Area: The Roosevelt elk is Oregon's largest land mammal.- Loon Lake: The Oregon Coast's Hidden Summer Destination
  • Late afternoon at the public pier at Reedport's Winchester Bay.- Loon Lake: The Oregon Coast's Hidden Summer Destination
  • Measuring Dungeness crabs at Winchester Bay.- Loon Lake: The Oregon Coast's Hidden Summer Destination
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I've lived in Oregon since I was nine years old, and after spending five years doing nothing other than exploring the best outdoor adventure destinations throughout the Pacific Northwest and the U.S. West (1,200+ destinations in total), I was shocked when I first heard of Loon Lake and that I had no idea it existed.

Indeed, many of us at Outdoor Project pride ourselves on our knowledge of the local outdoors, so you can image how excited we get when we discover a place like Loon Lake.

We quickly learned that Loon Lake is not only a uniquely beautiful place, but it also lays claim to being the only recreationally accessible lake in the Oregon Coast Range. At 294 acres in surface area, there's no shortage of water to paddle, fish to catch (the lake is stocked twice annually with bass and trout), or shoreline to swim along. The lake itself is located just south of the mighty Umpqua River, due east of the small coastal town of Reedsport, and roughly a 1.5-hour drive southwest from Eugene.

​Paddlers on Loon Lake. Photo by Daniel Sherman.

The natural lake is ​surrounded by private homes and two publicly managed campgrounds. It has two hikes that are perfect for families (Loon Lake Falls and Loony's Lakeview Trail), and a public beach, but the epicenter of activity is certainly the Loon Lake Lodge + RV Resort.

Beyond providing the lake's only public boat dock/marina and boat ramp, the resort also provides an array of boat rentals, including paddle boats, canoes, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, and Sea-Doo personal watercrafts. And, if you need beer and ice for the cooler, they've got you covered there too, with a cafe and general store carrying everything from snacks, basic provisions and firewood. There is even a gas station. And, in terms of overnight accommodations, the resort has quaint inn-style rooms, cabins, yurts, campsites, full hookup RV sites, and their stand-alone Waterfront House, which is ideal for larger groups.

If you'll be making an extended trip and stay, other nearby adventures/attractions include:

Enjoy!

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