Lincoln City is bordered on the North by the foot of the magnificent Cascade Head. To the East is Devils Lake, a freshwater lake that offers swimming, windsurfing and boating. It rests at the base of the Coast Range foothills. Our Southern boundary is marked by Siletz Bay, the outlet for the Siletz River as it flows into the sea. To the West, Lincoln City is bordered by the mighty Pacific Ocean punctuated with 7 1/2 miles of beautiful, sandy beaches. Together with SOLVE, we work year round to maintain the natural balance Nature has blessed us with.

Bird Watching

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Nature’s topographic mix of sea, beach, marshlands, coastal forests, hills and rocky cliffs combine to create an ideal habitat for a common American species – the bird watcher. Home to a breathtaking range of fliers, from a majestic peregrine falcon to a delicate murre, the Lincoln City area is definitely for the birds. Click here to download our birding guide.

A few Canada geese spend the winter around Devils Lake and its tributaries. Swimming alongside the geese will be widgeons, gadwalls, coots, mallards, shovelers, canvasbacks, grebes and cormorants. Big waders, like the great blue heron and the rarer green-backed heron, dip for small fish in the shallows.

Common murres skim over the waves of the Pacific in speedy flights, and many species of gulls beg for food from passersby. Careful observers will also find the big brown pelicans at certain times of the year on Siletz Bay. The offshore rocky islands, cliffs, and rocks are home to puffins, murres and guillemots. For more information on common species in the area, and birding trips visit the Audubon Society of Lincoln City’s website.

Lincoln City has two Important Birding Areas (IBAs), Siletz Bay and the Salmon River Estuary.

Eco-Excursions

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Kayak with a naturalist, hike with an expert, learn more about Oregon. These guided tours are fun and educational AND a fit for the whole family.

NorthWest EcoExcursions, LLC offers guided kayaking tours on the Central Oregon Coast, among other types of adventure trips. Tours are all inclusive. They even provide transportation for our customers from their hotel or park between Lincoln City and Newport. Children under 8 are invited to kayak with an adult, and dogs may enjoy the ride with their owners.
 
 
 

Bike Trails

Beach Cruiser Bicycles on the Central Oregon Coast in Lincoln City
If you’re tired of the vacation cycle from car to hotel to car and back again, we invite you to experience Lincoln City from the seat of a bike. Savor the clean breeze, get a little exercise and see stunning views that are easy to miss from the passenger seat of your car.

Cyclists are welcome in the marked lanes on many thoroughfares in and around the city, including the length of Highway 101; but one of the most popular rides is the bike lane encircling Devils Lake. Start at nearly any point to take the 10-mile long loop. In areas located outside the incorporated limits, Lincoln County has provided paved shoulders along the road for bicycle traffic. Riders can reach West Devils Lake Road by bike lanes on N. 22nd and Holmes Road. From a signaled intersection in the Oceanlake District, NE 14th Street becomes West Devils Lake Road as it heads towards the lake. The best way to reach the back side of the lake is the turn east by the Tanger Outlet Center onto East Devils Lake Road.

If the Ocean is what you’re looking for but you don’t want to travel the highway, take the western shore bike route from N. 39th Street south to N. First Street, where it exits onto Highway 101 at Kyllo’s Seafood Grill. For a little less traffic, head east on S. 51st Street. This road passes the area’s oldest elementary school before becoming Schooner Creek Road. Take this tree-lined lane to Anderson Creek Road, then turn right on Drift Creek Road. Ride west on Drift Creek Road to Highway 101 and back into Lincoln City. Many off-road opportunities are available in the hills north, south and east of the city.

Connie Hansen Garden

Constance P. Hansen, a well-known member of the regional horticultural community, moved to Lincoln City in 1973. She developed her acre plot at 1931 NW 33rd Street with her own hybrid and exotic plants, creating an oasis of blooms, ponds and trees. Since her death, generous volunteers and donors have maintained the garden for public enjoyment.

Visitors from around the region and the world come to view her extensive collection of rhododendrons, azaleas, Japanese and Siberian iris and geraniums. Meander in the shade of maple, magnolia and styrax japonica trees.

The reputation of the garden, which has been featured in The Oregonian, Sunset Magazine, Great Gardens and Fine Gardening Magazine, is on the rise. The number of visitors to this horticultural destination grows every year, and the local Chamber of Commerce has named it one of Lincoln City’s “jewels.”

Visit the Connie Hansen Garden online.

Secret Garden from Cody Cha on Vimeo.

Devils Lake

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The Pacific Ocean is not the only place to take a wild ride in Lincoln City. Jump on board a 110-HP Waverunner at Blue Heron Landing on Devils Lake, churn up some white water waves and bounce your way through them. Or glide leisurely in a canoe or kayak among the lake’s resident ducks and coots.

Need to take the whole family – even the little ones? A covered pontoon is a great place to have a picnic lunch on the water and watch birds or fish for dinner at the same time.

Devils Lake, on the northeast side of Lincoln City is has an abundance of opportunities for making white water or gliding peacefully among our winged neighbors. Check out the choices at www.blueheronlanding.net or call 541-994-4708. Safari Town Surf Shop also rents kayaks and stand up paddle boards for use on the lake, check their inventory here: safaritownsurf.com! The Lake is managed by the Devils Lake Water Improvement District, www.dlwid.org, 541-994-5330, Download their brochure here.

Crabbing, Clamming & Fishing Information

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Fishing can be great family fun. It’s a matter of choosing between freshwater streams or salty waves, river or bay or lake. The premier freshwater fishing spots in North Lincoln County are Devils Lake, the Salmon and Siletz Rivers as well as Schooner Creek and Drift Creek. Dedicated salmon and steelhead anglers regularly land big ones on the local rivers; salmon of 50 pounds or more have been landed on the Siletz River. License Information: www.dfw.state.or.us. For more information on Devils Lake, visit: www.dlwid.org

The Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife stocks Devils Lake several times a year with rainbow trout. Rent boats from Blue Heron Landing (on the northern end of West Devils Lake Road). Local trout fishing is especially good during the spring and summer. Anglers have found that Devils Lake also hosts many fine largemouth bass. In addition to trout and bass, the lake also has a good population of yellow perch, crappie, bluegill and catfish. Grass carp also call Devils Lake their home, but those are not for catching.

If lake and stream fishing sounds too tame, head out to sea on a sport fishing charter boat or cast your line from the rocky shore. Nearby Depoe Bay is home to a fleet of fishing excursion boats with experienced crews to help you catch the trophy of your dreams.

Charter Companies:
Tradewinds Charters, 541-765-2345 or 800-445-8730
Dockside Charters, 541-765-2545 or 800-733-8915

Crabbing & Clamming

Crabbing and Clamming (licenses required) are great activities for any group, any time of the year. The Siletz Bay at the south edge of Lincoln City is a prime spot for both. For more information on how to do it yourself, please visit our “Catch Your Dinner” webpage!

Golf Courses and Driving Ranges

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The coast is particularly fortunate with regard to the climate for golfers. Enthusiasts can play year round. When other courses in the Northwest are covered with snow, the mild rain and unlimited mud are not counted as obstacles. In fact, every spring the local Rotary hosts a golf tournament in the mudflats of Siletz Bay.

The two “18 hole” courses in town compliment each other well. Chinook Winds Golf Resort’s 5000 yard course is off Highway 101 on the north end of town. An indoor driving range (the largest in the Northwest) has been constructed at Chinook Winds Golf Resort in Lincoln City. The 12,000-square-foot hitting area overlooks the golf course. Especially for those who prefer to control the climate year around, this coastal setting is a special place to warm-up, practice and tone your ‘golf muscles.’ Salishan Spa & Golf Resort, on Highway 101 at the south end of town, was recently re-designed by PGA member Peter Jacobsen, is the ultimate in Scottish links-style golf. In addition, Salishan, which is also open to the public, has a very nice driving range with grass tees and mats, PGA instructors and a large practice green close by.

People who prefer the quiet and ordinary will enjoy more golf in the immediate area. Three additional ’9 hole’ courses are within a half hour drive; Neskowin and Hawk Creek to the north and Agate Beach to the south in Newport.

Chinook Winds Golf Resort, Lincoln City 541-994-8442
Salishan Golf Links, Gleneden Beach 541-764-3632
Agate Beach Golf Course, Newport 541-265-7331
Neskowin Beach Golf Course, Neskowin 503-392-3377

Hiking

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Cascade Head

One of the most stunning areas open to hiking is the Cascade Head National Scenic and Research Area. Four miles north of Lincoln City off Highway 101 on Three Rocks Road, Cascade Head has three major hiking paths: The Nature Conservancy Interpretive Trail, the Cascade Head Trail and the Hart’s Cove Trail. The Nature Conservancy Interpretive Trail is two miles long and courses over the north and south side of the monolithic headland. Rocks jut as high as 1,700 feet above the Salmon River Estuary and provide magnificent views of the coast.
In the area north and east of Lincoln City, the Siuslaw National Forest maintains trails that include Hebo Lake, Pioneer Indian Trail and the Niagara Falls Trail. Old logging roads also provide opportunities for hiking. Contact the Hebo Ranger District at 503-392-3161 for information. A complete guide of all the hiking trails in the central coast is available by calling the Oregon Coast Visitors Association at 888-628-2101.

If you don’t want to leave the city, that’s OK. There’s plenty to do on foot nearby. Some hiking trails in and around the city include the following:

Regatta Grounds Park Nature Trail

One-half mile long hike of moderate difficulty on a natural surface, winding through old-growth forest. The park is located off West Devils Lake Road (from central Lincoln City) near the junction of NE 15th Street.

Spring Lake

Off West Devils Lake Road across the street from the Indian Shores entrance, just west of Regatta Grounds Park, it’s a one-mile moderately difficult hike on a natural surface, crossing hills and a stream. The route heads around a small, gem-like lake in a beautiful, natural woodland, protected by the local Friends of the Wildwoods and Trails.

Devils Lake State Park

A one-half mile long, moderately difficult hike on a natural surface heads through wetlands to give hikers a good look at tree and shrub ecology. The trail is only one-third complete, but it can be found in the park on NE 6th Drive.

East Devils Lake State Park

This facility, located near the southern tip of the lake, is a one-half mile, moderately difficult walk on a natural surface. The hike features views of natural forest land with ferns, wildflowers and mushrooms. Take East Devils Lake Road from the Tanger Outlet Center, look to the west for a dock and parking area.

Drift Creek Falls

Other great nearby hiking opportunities include Drift Creek Falls, Trail No. 1378. It’s a 1.5 mile, moderately difficult hike on a trail surfaced with rock and native materials. The trip includes a suspension bridge that overlooks a waterfall and a bird’s-eye-view of forest canopies. For information and directions call 503-392-3161.
When you’re hiking on the central Oregon coast, remember that there’s a reason they call it a rain forest. Carry waterproof gear and emergency first aid supplies.

Horseback Riding

See the beautiful Oregon coastline, enjoy the rugged dunes and sea wildlife–birds, deer, elk, seals and occasionally a whale all on horseback!
Visit www.oregonbeachrides.com or greenacresboarding.com for information on riding horses on the beautiful Oregon Coast.

Parks

Canyon Drive Park

SW 11th and Coast Avenue: Includes restrooms, warm shower, sitting bench, easy beach access.

Dorchester Park

NW Neptune and NW 28th Street Tennis Court

Holmes Road Park

Holmes Road and West Devils Lake Road: Includes boat launch, restrooms.

Josephine Young Park

SW 65th Street Includes picnic tables, easy bay access and restrooms.

Kids’ Park and Seniors Too!

SW Fleet and 68th Street: Includes picnic tables, basketball, play equipment.

Kirtsis Park

Highway 101 and NE 22nd Street: Includes ballfield, Lincoln City Community Center, 2 swimming pools, Lincoln City Skateboard Park, picnic facilities, restrooms, meeting facilities & playground.

Regatta Park

West Devils Lake Rd & Regatta Park Road: Includes boat launch, restrooms, picnic facilities, interpretive center, walking trails, parking and playground.

Siletz Bay Park

Highway 101 and Schooner Creek Bridge: Includes interpretive center, picnic tables, parking, bay access and restrooms.

Taft Waterfront Park

SW 51st and Highway 101: Includes parking, fishing and crabbing dock, easy beach and bay access and restrooms

Wecoma Park

NW 31st Street and Jetty Avenue: Restrooms & Playground

Sandpoint Park

East Devils Lake Road and Loop Drive: Restrooms & Swimming.
Interested in more information about water quality? The Devils Lake Water Improvement District tests the lake and the D River weekly in the summer months. All testing information is available at park kiosks as well as at www.dlwid.org.

Skateboarding

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Lincoln City has a spectacular skateboard park named one of the “gnarliest” parks in the United States. The 8,000 square foot facility in Kirtsis Park has more than 100 lines and a unique 9-foot bowl to challenge boarders of all levels.

The Cradle was added a few years ago and is one of only three of its kind in the world. It’s 8600 square feet (798 sq-m) including 5600 square feet (520 sq-m) under a roof! A third smaller bowl was opened next to the cradle in the spring of 2006.

Wildlife

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Humans aren’t the only creatures who thrive in this beautiful area. The forest-dwelling blacktail deer can be seen all over town, but the best location to spot them is around Devils Lake. They range over the coastal forests, traveling singly or in family groups.

The evergreen and riparian zones harbor chipmunks, rabbits, porcupines, weasels and badgers, raccoons and possums, or coyotes. Every year, a few residents report seeing black bears, lions and bobcats.

The Salmon River hosts populations of elk, beaver, muskrat, nutria and otter. On Devils Lake populations of geese, wood ducks and egrets delight anglers and waterfront residents.

One of the most beautiful places to see waterfowl and wildlife is the Siletz Bay National Wildlife Refuge, located off Highway 101 just south of Lincoln City where the Siletz River empties into the bay. There you’ll see egrets and herons as well as seagulls and many other breeds.

Other permanent residents of the bay are the harbor seals, easily viewed from the Taft Dock on SW 51st. The seals, which can grow to six feet in length and weigh up to 250 pounds, bask on the sands at Salishan Spit. Biologists caution humans. Seal mothers leave their young on the beach to rest while they are out seeking food and will soon be back to retrieve them. If you touch them, the mother will not reclaim them. As with all members of the animal kingdom, it’s better to leave them alone.

Wherever you go, don’t forget your binoculars and a windbreaker. The wildlife are out there, waiting to catch a glimpse of you. Download our Wildlife Guide!