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Floras Lake Beach: Secret on the Oregon coast

by Terry Richard for The Oregonian

Floras ArchFloras Lake is a sizable dunes lake, popular for windsurfing because of predictable afternoon "breezes" _ which may feel like a hurricane on some days.

This lovely lake is blocked from the ocean by a narrow neck of sand, making the area one of Oregon's geologic oddities due to the New River that flows north from Floras Lake (the river was created after pioneer settlement).

While this part of northern Curry County is indeed pleasant to visit (weather permitting), the feature that makes it outstanding is the ocean beach south of Floras Lake, with its 80- to 100-foot-high line of cliffs.

There's no other beach quite like it on the Oregon coast.

large_Floras-Lake_mapTo get there, head for Boice-Cope County Park, 15 miles south of Bandon and three miles west of U.S. 101 (the signed turn is just south of Langlois)... Read Article

Floras Lake is a premier windsurfing spot on the coast. It's also popular for kayaks and kite flyers. The lake is 25 square miles and at the lakeside Curry County operates a campground. From the day-use area at Floras Lake there are easy trails leading to the beach. Walking access is to some areas and parts of the beach are restricted for protection of snowy plover habitat from March 15 to September 15.

North and South Beach Trails:

The north trail access to the beach heads straight out from a bridge next to the boat ramp for a quarter mile to the beach. It's possible to continue walk north along the beach for several miles. The trail south along Floras Lake takes you to South Beach which offers a short walk along the beach, ending at the impressive headland cliffs.

Cape Blanco (Sixes) Airport Trail:

From South Beach you can connect with this trail leading to the Cape Blanco Airport along a dirt road which is great for mountain bikes.

Oregon Coast Trail (Blacklock Point):

At South Beach you can also connect with the Oregon Coast Trail heading south to Blacklock Point along the bluffs with a diverse terrain and uphill stretches.


Info: Floras Lake State Park, 541-888-8867, ext. 26;

Images are all by Terrry Richard and can be found full size on the Oregonian Article