At the mouth of the Siuslaw River is Florence, the City of Rhododendrons, which explodes with vivid pink blossoms in late spring.
In addition to its coastal features, freshwater lakes and estuaries create an abundance of things to do:
Florence is also the northern gateway to the Oregon Dunes national Recreation Area.
The sandy landscape stretches 47 miles down the coast to North Bend, offering numerous way to have fun:
Avalon Park Pitch and Putt- Hwy 101 S. Florence, OR 541-902-9478 1 mile south of bridge Gazebo and River Dock - At city park - at Bay St. and Laurel St. Florence Historic Siuslaw River Draw Bridge - Can see from Old Town Florence Port of Siuslaw - Commercial Fishing Fleet- Buy Fresh Fish off boat. Port of Siuslaw RV Park and Marina - 100 Harbor Street Florence OR (east end of 1st street) 541-997-3040 Camping - Fishing - Boating Sea Lion Caves - 11 miles north of Florence, OR on Hwy 101 (541) 547-3111 SANDLAND ADVENTURES - 85366 Hwy 101 So Florence, OR 97439 (541) 997-8087 Siuslaw Museum - 1/2 mile south of Bridge on Hwy 101 Florence, OR
Access as above (Taylor Dunes) This 1.5 mile trail leads through abundant wildlife to the beach.
7 miles south of Florence Access from trailhead at Siltcoos Beach Road 1.25 miles long Winds through coastal evergreen forest of huckleberry & rhododendron.
Located about 38 miles northeast of Reedsport: Hwy 48, to 48A, to Forest Service Road 23,to road 919. The trail is two miles, one way and meanders along Kentucky Creek, descending 760 feet. A more difficult hike with steep and narrow sections. Watch children closely. 541-268-4473
Once known as the North Fork Trail, this trail offers a colorful history, making it eligible for the National Register of Historic Places. Interpretive signs along the 3500-foot easy to moderate hike. One mile east of Florence on Hwy 126 to North Fork Road (5070), then 14.3 miles northeast and make a right turn at Minerva. 541-268-4473
Ten miles south of Florence on west side of Hwy 101 One mile trail to beach
One mile east of Florence on Hwy 126 to North Fork Road, then 17 miles. Keep right and cross bridge. Easy, 4,000-foot loop trail set in 10 acres of old growth forest. Great for families. 541-268-4473.
Trailhead at Carter Lake Campground turnoff, west side of Hwy 101 7.5 miles south of Florence 1/2 mile trail to great views of dunes & ocean
Located 14 miles south of Florence on the west side of the highway, this very scenic trail is about a seven mile round trip and considered of "Medium" difficulty. Hike across dunes for a good summer swim.
Access at overlook viewing area as above. 2.5 miles long. High elevation vistas.
Access on west side of Hwy 101 11 miles south of Florence 3 separate loops of 1.5, 2.5 & 4 miles Through dunes, forests, marshes, meadows, creek & wildlife
Five miles south of Florence on the east side of the highway, this trail is of "Medium" difficulty. It's a 4.5 mile loop, with two stops at the lake for picnicking and swimming.
Three miles north of Florence on the west side of the highway, there are at least 5 miles of different type of trails in this section. It is considered beginner to medium difficulty.
Waxmyrtle Trail - 7 miles south of Florence. Access from trailhead at Siltcoos Beach Road. 1.5 miles long of ocean & estuary views.
- Places of Interest -
C&M Stables - 90241 Hwy 101 N. (541)997-7540
Cape Perpetua - Hwy 101, 24 miles N. of Florence
Fly Fishing Museum - 280 Nopal St.(541)997-6349
Heceta Head Lighthouse - Hwy 101, 12 miles N. of Florence
Raindrop Factory, The - Raindrop Factory, LTD 1278 Bay Street Florence, OR 97439 (541) 997-5228
Siltcoos Lake & Woahink Lake - Hwy 101, 4 miles S. of Florence. Activities are boating, wind sailing, water skiing, bird watching, swimming, and fishing. Bass, trout, perch, crappie, catfish are all fair game year round on the lake. In season, steelhead, salmon and sturgeon are taken with success.
Sand Dunes Frontier Theme Park - 83960 Hwy 101 S. (541)997-3544
Sandland Adventures - 85366 Hwy 101 S. (541)997-8087
Sea Lion Caves - 91560 Hwy 101 S. (541)547-3111
Visit Sea Lion Caves Web Site
Siuslaw Pioneer Museum - 85294 Hwy 101 S. (541)997-7884
Carl G. Washburne State Park - Hwy 101, 14 miles N of Florence. (541)547-3416
$12-$19. Camping year-round, picnicking, showers, dumping station, fishing, hiking, beach access, wildlife viewing.
52 full hookups, maximum site 45', hiker/biker camp.
Darlingtonia State Park - Hwy 101, 5 miles N Of Florence
Day Use Only. Picnicking, hiking, exhibit information. Botanical area with unusual carnivorous plants.
Devil's Elbow State Park - Hwy 101, 13 miles N of Florence
Day Use Only. Picnicking, hiking, fishing, viewpoint, wildlife viewing, beach access. Trail to Heceta Head Lighthouse. (541)997-
Jessie M. Honeyman State Park - Hwy 101, 3 miles S of Florence. (541)997-3641
$13-$19. Camping year-round (reservations available). Three sparkling fresh-water lakes (Cleawox Lake, Woahink Lakes, Lily Lake),
towering sand dunes and a profusion of colorful rhododendrons form a backdrop for a variety of recreational pursuits.
The camping area provides 238 campsites, 75 electrical sites and 68 trailer spaces with full utility hookups (dumping station).
Firewood is for sale at a central location. Hot showers are available at the utility buildings, public telephones are located throughout the park.
The group camp contains six tent sites near the shore of Woahink Lake.
Each site accommodates 25 people and contains camp stoves, picnic tables and water. Picnic facilities are located along the east & south
shore of Cleawox Lake and along the north end of Woahink Lake. Swimming, fishing, boating, water skiing, hiking and nature study are some of
the activities that have made this park a favorite destination of visitors. Both Cleawox and Woahink Lake day-use areas provide boat launching
ramps and swimming beaches. A pleasant trail along Cleawox Lake connects the campground with the picnic areas and includes a loop trail around picturesque Lily Lake.
Also you can explore the sand dunes at your leisure from the Lily Lake day-use area. Also available is a store and restaurant. Pets okay.
Miller Park - West 18th St
M.O. Ponsler State Park - Hwy 101, 16 miles N of Florence
Day Use Only. Picnicking, fishing, beach access. No restrooms.
North Jetty - Off Rhododendron Dr
Ashley Campbell was a local of Florence and wrote about one of her favorite places.
Hear is what she had to say.
"As far as fishing goes there are many great places overflowing with trout and bass, but this place in particular is a very special, peaceful spot, and not to mention great fishing. It's called the Train Trestles. This unique fishing haven is located on the east side of Siltcoos Lake. First, take Hwy 101 going south of Florence, then turn left at Canary Road. Follow this road about ten miles towards the east side of the lake. When you get to the Lane County Wayside you have arrived. Get out of your car and breath in the fresh air. Walk out onto the bottom supports of the train trestle, and experience the best fishing ever. You don't need a boat, just grab your pole and some worms. Watch the sun set over the lake, while the beautiful osprey soar overhead. I assure you'll be glad you came". This comment was created and written by Ashley Campbell".
We hope to hear from Ashley about some other secrets places that no one knows about in the future.
- Visitor Contact Information -
Florence Oregon Chamber of Commerce|
Hwy 101 & Maple Street
Florence, Oregon 97439
Toll Free: (800) 524-4864
Florence Chamber Web Site
KCST - Local -4480 Hwy 101 PO Box 20000 Florence, OR 97439 (541) 997-9136
KMIX Radio - 1061 Hwy 101 PO Box 47 Reedsport, OR 97467 (541) 271-3300
Siulaw News - 148 Maple St. (541)997-3441.