Join Date: Aug 2011
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Re: Best dunes in Oregon?
Vancouver boy here.... made many trips down south... from Vancouver tot he oregon coast is about a 10 or hour run.
As for towns nearby... the largest one is Coos Bay and North Bend.... south end of all the dunes.... there are smaller communities near each of the dunes
As mentioned try and get to all three and then decide... I am more of technical trail rider and sand burm rider, than a speed or jumping rider.
Winchester Bay - smallest of all three areas, can NOT ride on the beach or have beach access, largest hills
Coos Bay/North Bend - easiest dunes of the three, good for beginners, a very whoopy filled access route from Box Car to the beach access, sand burm riding
Florence - lots of trails and wide open riding, better climbs than coos bay .. but not like Winchester Bay, a number of beach access routes, lots of beach, for the length of the neach you have sand burms, coast guard patrol route on the non ocean side of the burm
At coos bay there is the KOA campground with full hook ups and they have 6 or so small cabins that sleep 6 I think (no amenities in the cabin, group cook shelter, etc), small general store that sells permits, flags, maps of the areas, etc. Access from the KOA to dunes is via a route over private land so obey the speeds and db levels.....
Florence we normally stay at Whoahink RV (privately operated) which has full hook ups and has dune access, but does not sell permits... I think they had a couple of flags and minor atv stuff.... there are also some Florence state run campgrounds, but I understand you can not ride from your site during the summer... during off season months they lift the restrictions... so check the dates out... then they charge you a day parking fee to use their parking lots.
Winchester Bay has some camping.. but admittedly I have ridden there once... not my cup of tea....
As for enforcement patrols.... I have seen them at Coos Bay and Florence... as long as you have a flag and permit... they have not hasseled me... I have seen them at the access points writing many no flag tickets... flag is $20 and ticket is like $150 or so... seems like a no brainer to me, but then there are those others....
So in short I love Florence.... the biggest suggestion I can give you is dump the trail tires for sand tires.... sand tires and wheel spin is the way to go ... have fun
This years adventure will be two weeks or so, leaving Vancouver, BC for Oregon for 4 or so days, then Utah Idaho or Idaho Utah for 4 days each then back home......
I hope this helps you.....