A Sea Town in the Heart of the Dunes

Winchester Bay is a small port village at the Pacific end of the Umpqua River. Close to the heart of Oregon Coastal Dunes, the village is an ideal basecamp for all kinds of expeditions into the Southern Coast.

Due to its strategic riverside location, Winchester Bay began as a frontier town in the fur and timber trades. That proximity continues to pay dividends today, providing visitors to Winchester Bay the unique opportunity to explore along the river, venture into the dunes on foot, buggy, or horseback, or participate in the town’s famous crabbing tradition. Known as the “Crab Capital of the World”, Winchester Bay provides rentals and everything you need to try your hand at snagging fresh Dungeness Crab. Finish your day with a tour of the Umpqua Lighthouse (make sure to call ahead), then rent a yurt or cabin and sleep near the sea.

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Dockside Gifts

Known for their freshly made fudge, Dockside Gifts is a gift, novelty, souvenir and fudge shop located in Winchester Bay.

120 Coho Point Loop
Winchester Bay, OR

(541)271-1210

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Umpqua River

The North Umpqua is one of the most beautiful rivers on the Pacific Northwest coast. Renowned for its excellent summer steelhead fly-fishing opportunities, it provides a unique challenge to anglers from all over the world. It also provides an exhilarating...

Winchester Bay, OR
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Chinook Charters

Chinook Charters offers guided trips for ocean crabbing and rockfish, lingcod, halibut (call after May for information) and tuna trips (in Summer).

93762 Raymond Ln
Winchester Bay, OR

(541) 662-0964
Email us (Chinookcharters[at]live[dot]com)

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Lucky Me Charters

PO Box 1282
Winchester Bay, OR

(541) 948-3905
Email us (Roy[at]ykwc[dot]net)

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Ridin’ Dirty ATV Rentals

Whether you’re a first time riding the dunes or you need a couple extra machines for your group, family-owned Ridin’ Dirty ATV Rentals has you covered. 

75293 US Hwy 101
Winchester Bay, OR

(541)817-7106
Email us (ridindirtyrentals[at]gmail[dot]com)

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Windy Bay Kite Depot

470 Beach Blvd.
Winchester Bay, OR

(541)361-6030

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Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area

The Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area beckons you to its warm and inviting sand dunes. Experience the Pacific Ocean on one side, a series of lakes on the other with a vast beach right in the middle. The wind-sculpted sand dunes...

Winchester Bay, OR

(541)271-3611

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Umpqua River Lighthouse

This lighthouse has a 65-foot tower, which started in 1890. It is located near Reedsport and Umpqua Lighthouse State Park. First illuminated in 1894, Umpqua River lighthouse gives off very distinct red and white flashes. Visitors can check out the...

460 Lighthouse Rd.
Winchester Bay, OR

(541)271-4631

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Pelican Market

Grocery story, market and sport shop

75298 Hwy 101
Winchester Bay, OR

(541) 271-3950

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Windy Bay Books & More

Discover vintage books, new and used books, art exhibitions and poetry at Windy Bay Books. Enjoy fresh, free coffee while you peruse.

156 Bayfront Loop
Winchester Bay, OR

541-707-0797
Email us (windybayizzy[at]gmail[dot]com)

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Umpqua River Lighthouse Museum

Inside the Umpqua River Lighthouse Museum you’ll find hundreds of documents, photographs, and artifacts that illustrate the story of the Umpqua River Lighthouse from its early existence as a Lifesaving Station to the U.S. Coast Guard station that sits on...

1020 Lighthouse Rd
Winchester Bay, OR

(541)271-4631

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Winchesterbay Charters

Winchesterbay Charters offers guided fishing trips along the Oregon coast and Umpqua River.

465 Beach Blvd.
Winchester Bay, OR

(541)361-0180
Email us (winchesterbaycharters[at]gmail[dot]com)

Travel Guides

Lighthouses

Of the nine original lighthouses on the Oregon Coast, seven are open to the public and most are still active. If you time it right, you’ll get to go inside, take a tour, maybe go up the stairs to the...
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Top Cool Treats on the Coast

Whether you’ve been on the road all day, on the water, on the sand or in the forest, we all need to cool down and quench our thirst in the summer heat. Where to go for refreshment? We’ve done the...
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The Oregon Coast's Best Places for Whale Watching

While whales can be seen year round on the Oregon coast, the winter and spring months are the best times for seeing these enormous creatures. Migration in December and again in late March means higher numbers and a higher viewing success rate. For some of the best sites to spot spouts, we've gathered together adventures that will give you the perfect viewing opportunity, as well as some handy tips. 

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Western Snowy Plover: Oregon Coast's Endangered Species

This article is provided courtesy of the U.S. Forest Service.

The coastal population of the western snowy plover (Charadrius alexandrinus nivosus) was listed as a threatened species by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 1993. In 2007, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service completed a cooperative plan for recovery of the Pacific Coast population of the western snowy plover. The western snowy plover spends its entire life on the beaches of Washington, Oregon, California, and the Baja peninsula.  The population in Oregon has ranged from 72 to 208 adults since 1993.

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Winchester Bay Crabbing

The pursuit of Dungeness crabs along the Oregon coast is popular with locals and visitors alike. Practically every river that empties into the Pacific Ocean in Oregon has a town nestled at its mouth, and that town likely has a public fishing dock and a marina or bait shop that will provide everything needed for crabbing. The tiny village of Winchester Bay at the mouth of the Umpqua River is a fine example and a great place to try crabbing.

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Featured Dining

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Rockabilly Roasters Cafe

You’ll find fresh in-house roasted coffee and homemade food at Rockabilly Roasters Cafe.

140 Coho Point Loop
Winchester Bay, OR

(541)361-6620
Email us (rockabillyroasterscafe[at]gmail[dot]com)

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Crabby Bar & Grill

Crabby Bar & Grill’s menu is full of healthy, whole foods with ingredients and recipes made from scratch. Locally caught seafood, either sautéed, grilled or deep fried in clear, non-trans fat oils or real butter. Fresh Dungeness crab is a...

196 Bayfront Loop
Winchester Bay, OR

(541)271-3474
Email us (crabbysBnG[at]gmail[dot]com)

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La Herradura Mexican Restaurant III

La Herradura Mexican Restaurant III is a family restaurant serving up Mexican food favorites. 

208 Bayfront Loop
Winchester Bay, OR

(541)361-6544

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Sportsmen’s Cannery & Smokehouse

Sportsmen’s Cannery & Smokehouse has been preparing catches from the sea for more than 50 years. This experience has brought about absolute perfection in delivering the freshest most flavorful can seafood available anywhere.  Their gourmet canned fish is hand packed...

182 Bayfront Loop
Winchester Bay, OR

(541)271-3293

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Jackson’s Cafe and More

A restaurant and board gaming cafe located in Winchester Bay, Jackson’s Cafe and More offers breakfast (served all day), lunch and dinner. 

110 Bayfront Loop
Winchester Bay, OR

541-361-6165
Email us (jacksonscafeandmore[at]gmail[dot]com)

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Bedrock’s on the Bay

Bedrock’s on the Bay serves pizza, roasted chicken, fish and chips, salads, awesome breakfast, sandwiches and of course the world famous clam chowder!

105 Coho Point Loop
Winchester Bay, OR

(541)271-2431

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Double D’s on the Rock

Double D’s on the Rock is a sports bar located on Oregon’s south coast. It is known for its 1/3lb burger and Oysters Rockefeller.

460 Beach Blvd.
Winchester Bay, OR

(541)271-4242

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Sourdough Bakery

Sourdough Bakery is all things sourdough. Enjoy bread, baguettes, bagels, pizza, focaccia, sandwiches and chowder (July-August only). They’ve also added U-Bake pizza to their menu. They’re unique, and made with their own scratch-made sourdough crust and loaded up with lots...

75318 Bayfront Loop
Winchester Bay, OR

(541)234-4989

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King Neptune Drive In

Stop by the King Neptune Drive In for old-fashioned burgers and seafood. Try their homemade gluten-free clam chowder, and don’t forget to add ice cream or a shake to your order.

75310 Hwy 101
Winchester Bay, OR

(541)271-4302

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Fishpatrick’s Specialty Canned Tuna

Patrick has been a professional fisherman since 1999. He and his family have also owned and operated Fishpatrick’s Crabby Café since 2003. Quality food and attention to detail has kept that little restaurant successful ever since. Patrick captains the Manatee...

196 Bayfront Loop
Winchester Bay, OR

(541)271-1875

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Griff’s on the Bay

Griff’s on the Bay is a family run seafood restaurant on the Oregon Coast. Enjoy amazing seafood, steaks and ambiance on the bay with indoor and outdoor seating.

142 Bay Front Loop
Winchester Bay, OR

(541)271-2512

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BJ’s Old Fashion Ice Cream

140 Coho Point Loop
Winchester Bay, OR

(541)271-1212

Featured Lodging

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Winchester Bay RV Resort

You’ll find easy access to beaches from Winchester Bay RV Resort. Enjoy the waterside views of the harbor, the entrance of the Umpqua River and the Pacific Ocean.

120 Marina Way
Winchester Bay, OR

541-271-0287
Email us (salmon[at]co[dot]douglas[dot]or[dot]us)

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Harbor View Motel

Under new ownership in 2017, the Harbor View Motel is a clean and comfortable place to stay with some of the best views of the harbor in Winchester Bay. With a large parking lot in front the lodging property, it...

540 Beach Blvd.
Winchester Bay, OR

(541)271-3352

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Winchester Bay Inn

Quaintly nestled against the mountains at the mouth of the great Umpqua River on the beautiful Salmon Harbor, the Winchester Bay Inn offers guests a unique and affordable lodging experience on the South-Central Oregon Coast. There is wide variety of...

390 Broadway Ave.
Winchester Bay, OR

541-271-4871
Email us (winchesterbayinn[at]gmail[dot]com)

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Windy Cove “A” & “B”

ituated in the heart of recreational activity on Douglas County’s coastline, this is the perfect campground for the off-road enthusiast, fisherman or beach comber.  Windy Cove A RV Park & Campground Offers: Complete camping facilities for RV’S, pickup campers, and...

380 Salmon Harbor Drive
Winchester Bay, OR

541-957-7001
Email us (parks[at]co[dot]douglas[dot]or[dot]us)

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Umpqua Dunes RV Park

1 Umpqua Dunes Way
Winchester Bay, OR

541-957-7001

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Mi Casa Sue Casa

Located just 200 yards from the Winchester Bay Sand Dunes, you will be able to spend your vacation enjoying them, instead of trying to get to them. Situated on 3/4 acres overlooking Half Moon Bay with an unobstructed view of...

105 Sunset Dr.
Winchester Bay, OR

(503)936-0620
Email us (steve[at]micasa-suecasa[dot]com)

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Winchester Bay Vacation Rentals

Winchester Bay Vacation Rentals offers the perfect getaway for the family, a romantic escape for a couple or just you and your fishing buddies ready to experience a vacation paradise on Oregon’s southern coast. Located just off Highway 101 these...

445 Broadway
Winchester Bay, OR

541.297.6073
Email us (winchesterbayrentals[at]yahoo[dot]com)

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Winchester Bay Getaway at the Dunes

Under new management we now allow crab cooking outside. Clean best rental in Winchester bay. New lower rates just 100 yards from the marina, and umpqua river. Approx. 1 mile from the ocean and sand dunes. In the heart of...

665 Clear Lake Ave.
Winchester Bay, OR
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Pointe Condominiums

Luxurious Oregon coast vacation rentals. 3 bedroom condominiums with direct dune access,views of the bay, 2 car garage, jacuzzi tub, free wifi.

1604 Salmon Harbor Dr.
Winchester Bay, OR

(541)361-0617
Email us (thepointecondominiums[at]gmail[dot]com)

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Salmon Harbor Landing

This cozy family owned and operated motel has 8 rooms that are individually themed. There’s a fishing room, jungle theme, nautical and more. They also offer a vacation rental that sleeps 6. The owner and staff go above and beyond...

265 S. 8th St.
Winchester Bay, OR

541-271-3742
Email us (salmonharborlanding[at]yahoo[dot]com)

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Half Moon Bay RV Park and Campground

Half Moon Bay offers reservable and first come, first served individual and group campsites for RVs, pickup campers and tents (non-hook up). Enjoy easy access to ocean beaches and fishing, Dunes National Recreation Area, Umpqua River Lighthouse and other outdoor...

1645 Salmon Harbor Dr.
Winchester Bay, OR

541-957-7001
Email us (parks[at]co[dot]douglas[dot]or[dot]us)

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Umpqua Lighthouse State Park (RV Park)

Umpqua Lighthouse State Park is located less than a mile from the famous Salmon Harbor on Winchester Bay. The campground and developed day use areas are centered around beautiful Lake Marie. Access to this small freshwater lake is provided for...

460 Lighthouse Road
Winchester Bay, OR

800-551-6949

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