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Tyson Gillard | 08.14.2017

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:



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