Umpqua Lighthouse State Park
Less than one mile south of Winchester Bay is Umpqua Lighthouse State Park (460 Lighthouse Rd., Winchester Bay, 541/271-4118). Tour the red-capped 1894 lighthouse (541/271-4631, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. daily May–Sept., $3) or admire it from the roadside.
Next door, in a former Coast Guard building, the visitors center and museum (541/271-4631, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Wed.–Sat., 1–5 p.m. Sun. May–Sept.) has marine and timber exhibits; this is also where tours begin.
Directly opposite the lighthouse, overlooking the mouth of the Umpqua and oceanfront dunes, is a whale-watching platform with a plaque explaining where, when, and what to look for.
Lake Marie, just south near the camping area, has a swimming beach and is stocked with rainbow trout. A one-mile forest trail around the lake makes for an easy hike. A trail from the campground leads to the highest dunes in the United States (elev. 545 feet), west of Clear Lake.
by Judy Jewell and W. C. McRae from Moon Oregon, 8th Edition, © Elizabeth & Mark Morris and Avalon Travel