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  1. The Tufted Puffin – Oregon Coast’s Most Iconic Species

    Posted by Outdoor Project Contributor Outdoor Project / October 28, 2016

    This article is provided courtesy of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

  2. Safety on the Oregon Coast: Sneaker Waves, Cliffs + More

    Posted by Outdoor Project Contributor Outdoor Project / October 28, 2016

    This article is provided courtesy of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.

    Beware The Sneaker Wave and Lurking Log | Dangerous Rip Currents | Tidal Influence | Beware of Cliff Edges

  3. Quosatana Campground

    Posted by Outdoor Project Contributor Denis LeBlanc / October 25, 2016

    Just 14 miles up the Rogue River from Gold Beach, the Quosatana Campground is a real gem of a National Forest campground. Set in an Oregon myrtle grove with broad grass meadows on a bank above the Rogue River, the campground is well-situated for all types of recreation. There is a boat ramp and a large gravel bar to facilitate launching boats as well as a fish-cleaning station for the successful catch. Deer seem to love this area, and they are often seen strolling through the large meadows that border the campground.

  4. Otter Point State Recreation Site

    Posted by Outdoor Project Contributor Denis LeBlanc / October 25, 2016

    Just 3 miles north of Gold Beach and the mouth of the Rogue River, Otter Point is a wonderful little park that has a lot to offer. With two beaches and a spectacularly-carved sandstone point, there is a lot to do in this small recreation site.

  5. Sisters Rock State Park

    Posted by Outdoor Project Contributor Denis LeBlanc / October 25, 2016

    Hidden in plain sight is the best description for this spectacular Oregon state park. One of the newest in the state park system, Sisters Rock was acquired using state lottery funds and made a state park in 2005. It remains undeveloped and unmarked from the coast highway, making it less-visited than many others along the south coast.

  6. Cape Blanco Lighthouse

    Posted by Outdoor Project Contributor Denis LeBlanc / October 22, 2016

    The year was 1876 when James Langlois arrived at Cape Blanco with his family to be the assistant lighthouse keeper. The Cape Blanco Lighthouse was just seven years old at the time and Langlois would be promoted after another seven years to head keeper, the role he maintained for the remainder of his 42-year career at Cape Blanco. The light has been in mostly continuous service up to today, and it is the oldest standing lighthouse in Oregon. It underwent a major restoration in 2003, and now it is open to visitors April through October several days per week.

  7. Historic Hughes House

    Posted by Outdoor Project Contributor Denis LeBlanc / October 22, 2016

    Patrick and Jane Hughes arrived at Cape Blanco around the time of the Civil War and settled in to make a life in this remote and rugged spot. They raised dairy cattle, farmed the land along the Sixes River, and raised seven children. After 30 years they were able to afford an elegant 11-room Victorian-style house. The Cape Blanco Heritage Society maintains the interior of the home and offers tours to the public. The tour volunteers are excellent and informative.

  8. Coos Bay Boardwalk

    Posted by Outdoor Project Contributor Denis LeBlanc / October 18, 2016

    Right near downtown Coos Bay is a very nice harbor area that is worth a quick stop to wander and have a bite to eat. The boardwalk is a short stretch of wood plank pier that has a fish market, a number of informative displays, and great views of the bay and harbor. There are a number of exhibits that present the history of Coos Bay and particularly the lumber industry that played such a huge role in the town’s development. There is a tugboat, the “Koos #2,” on display, and there is a nice area to stroll and have lunch at one of the picnic tables.

  9. Dean Creek Elk Viewing Area

    Posted by Outdoor Project Contributor Denis LeBlanc / October 8, 2016

    Just outside of Reedsport, Oregon, there is a series of wide meadows along the Umpqua River that form a year-round environment for a herd of about 100 Roosevelt elk (Cervus canadensis roosevelti). Jointly managed by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Federal Bureau of Land Management, this area provides a marvelous opportunity to safely view Oregon’s largest land mammal from a very close vantage point. These animals are the largest of the four subspecies of elk in North America and are found along the Pacific coast from northern California to Alaska. 

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