LOON LAKE RECREATION SITE

Overview

The Bureau of Land Management's Loon Lake Recreation Site is located in the heart of Oregon's Coast Range at an elevation of 392 feet, just 20 miles east-southeast of Reedsport, Oregon. Loon Lake Recreation Site is one of the Coast Range's few recreation areas with a warm, sandy beach. The lake is perfect for swimming, fishing, boating, and other water activities. The site offers a campground and day use area. Loon Lake Recreation Site's operating season is from Memorial Day weekend to September 30th. The Coos Bay District Office in North Bend, OR manages Loon Lake Recreation Site. 

Please visit the BLM Loon Lake Recreation Site website for more information.

Recreation

Loon Lake is a family-oriented recreation site, treasured by locals for generations. The site offers a myriad of recreational opportunities, including camping, boating, kayaking, paddleboarding, fishing, swimming, and waterplay. Visitors can also enjoy relaxing on the warm, sandy beach. Other popular activities at Loon Lake include picnicking, hiking, birding, horseshoe tossing, and barbecuing. 

Campsites have paved parking pads and ample shade from old growth trees. The day use area boasts picnic tables, barbecue grills, swim area, fishing dock, and boat launch. A short, 1/4 mile trail to a waterfall on Elliott State Forest land begins at the south end of the day use area and takes hikers through a quiet and serene segment of old growth forest.

Facilities

Loon Lake is a family-oriented recreation site, treasured by locals for generations. The site offers a myriad of recreational opportunities, including camping, boating, kayaking, paddleboarding, fishing, swimming, and waterplay. Visitors can also enjoy relaxing on the warm, sandy beach. Other popular activities at Loon Lake include picnicking, hiking, birding, horseshoe tossing, and barbecuing. 

Campsites have paved parking pads and ample shade from old growth trees. The day use area boasts picnic tables, barbecue grills, swim area, fishing dock, and boat launch. A short, 1/4 mile trail to a waterfall on Elliott State Forest land begins at the south end of the day use area and takes hikers through a quiet and serene segment of old growth forest.

Natural Features

Loon Lake Recreation Site is situated in the Coast Mountain Range in southwestern Oregon. Douglas-fir, western hemlock, red alder, and bigleaf maple trees forest this beautiful site and offer an abundance of shade. The forest understory features a host of native plants including rhododendron, salal, salmon berry, thimble berry, vine maple, trailing blackberry, and several fern species. A diverse variety of bird life, from the seldom seen Marbled Murrelet and Spotted Owl, to the ever-present Steller's Jay and Osprey, frequent this area. Signs of larger animals, such as raccoon, bear, elk, deer, and bobcat are evident. 

Loon Lake is part of the Umpqua River watershed that drains water from the Coast Range to the Pacific Ocean. Formed by a landslide of large sandstone blocks and boulders, Loon Lake is a naturally dammed lake that covers 260 acres, is 2 miles long, and 190' deep.

Nearby Attractions

The Oregon Coast Range offers a myriad of exciting recreational activities, including hiking, fishing, scenic driving, tidepooling, expansive beaches, and wildlife viewing. BLM's Dean Creek Elk Viewing Area, also managed by the Coos Bay District Office, is a short drive from Loon Lake and offers visitors the chance to see one of Oregon's largest mammal, Roosevelt Elk, up close.

Loon Lake is less than an hour from charming Winchester Bay on the Pacific Ocean. The town of Reedsport is just 20 miles away and lies near the confluence of three rivers, including the scenic Umpqua and Smith rivers. Reedsport is the gateway town to the vast Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, where visitors enjoy hiking, paddling, wildlife viewing, camping, picnicking, sand play, beach access, and OHV riding.

contact_info

This location has limited staffing. Please call (541) 756-0100 for general information.

Charges & Cancellations

Photos

Paved waterfall trail with leaves on the ground.
Paved waterfall trail with leaves on the ground.
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Shady campsite with Loon Lake view in the background.
Shady campsite with Loon Lake view in the background.
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View of fishing dock from the day use area.
View of fishing dock from the day use area.
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View of Loon Lake Recreation Site entrance sign in the foreground with the entrance road in the background.
View of Loon Lake Recreation Site entrance sign in the foreground with the entrance road in the background.
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A view of Loon Lake with fog settling in above the lake.
A view of Loon Lake with fog settling in above the lake.
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Waterfall on Elliott State Forest land accessed from Loon Lake day use area.
Waterfall on Elliott State Forest land accessed from Loon Lake day use area.
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Trailhead sign to waterfall in the foreground with view of the paved trail.
Trailhead sign to waterfall in the foreground with view of the paved trail.
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Look Lake Day Use picnic table on a sunny, blue sky day.
Look Lake Day Use picnic table on a sunny, blue sky day.
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View of Loon Lake from the day use area beach.
View of Loon Lake from the day use area beach.
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Paved waterfall trail with leaves on the ground.
Paved waterfall trail with leaves on the ground.
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Shady campsite with Loon Lake view in the background.
Shady campsite with Loon Lake view in the background.
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View of fishing dock from the day use area.
View of fishing dock from the day use area.
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View of Loon Lake Recreation Site entrance sign in the foreground with the entrance road in the background.
View of Loon Lake Recreation Site entrance sign in the foreground with the entrance road in the background.
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A view of Loon Lake with fog settling in above the lake.
A view of Loon Lake with fog settling in above the lake.
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Waterfall on Elliott State Forest land accessed from Loon Lake day use area.
Waterfall on Elliott State Forest land accessed from Loon Lake day use area.
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Trailhead sign to waterfall in the foreground with view of the paved trail.
Trailhead sign to waterfall in the foreground with view of the paved trail.
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Look Lake Day Use picnic table on a sunny, blue sky day.
Look Lake Day Use picnic table on a sunny, blue sky day.
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View of Loon Lake from the day use area beach.
View of Loon Lake from the day use area beach.
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Paved waterfall trail with leaves on the ground.
Paved waterfall trail with leaves on the ground.
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Shady campsite with Loon Lake view in the background.
Shady campsite with Loon Lake view in the background.
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View of fishing dock from the day use area.
View of fishing dock from the day use area.
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View of Loon Lake Recreation Site entrance sign in the foreground with the entrance road in the background.
View of Loon Lake Recreation Site entrance sign in the foreground with the entrance road in the background.
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A view of Loon Lake with fog settling in above the lake.
A view of Loon Lake with fog settling in above the lake.
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Waterfall on Elliott State Forest land accessed from Loon Lake day use area.
Waterfall on Elliott State Forest land accessed from Loon Lake day use area.
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Trailhead sign to waterfall in the foreground with view of the paved trail.
Trailhead sign to waterfall in the foreground with view of the paved trail.
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Look Lake Day Use picnic table on a sunny, blue sky day.
Look Lake Day Use picnic table on a sunny, blue sky day.
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View of Loon Lake from the day use area beach.
View of Loon Lake from the day use area beach.
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Paved waterfall trail with leaves on the ground.
Paved waterfall trail with leaves on the ground.
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Shady campsite with Loon Lake view in the background.
Shady campsite with Loon Lake view in the background.
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View of fishing dock from the day use area.
View of fishing dock from the day use area.
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View of Loon Lake Recreation Site entrance sign in the foreground with the entrance road in the background.
View of Loon Lake Recreation Site entrance sign in the foreground with the entrance road in the background.
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A view of Loon Lake with fog settling in above the lake.
A view of Loon Lake with fog settling in above the lake.
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Waterfall on Elliott State Forest land accessed from Loon Lake day use area.
Waterfall on Elliott State Forest land accessed from Loon Lake day use area.
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Trailhead sign to waterfall in the foreground with view of the paved trail.
Trailhead sign to waterfall in the foreground with view of the paved trail.
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Look Lake Day Use picnic table on a sunny, blue sky day.
Look Lake Day Use picnic table on a sunny, blue sky day.
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View of Loon Lake from the day use area beach.
View of Loon Lake from the day use area beach.
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Paved waterfall trail with leaves on the ground.
Paved waterfall trail with leaves on the ground.
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Shady campsite with Loon Lake view in the background.
Shady campsite with Loon Lake view in the background.
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View of fishing dock from the day use area.
View of fishing dock from the day use area.
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View of Loon Lake Recreation Site entrance sign in the foreground with the entrance road in the background.
View of Loon Lake Recreation Site entrance sign in the foreground with the entrance road in the background.
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A view of Loon Lake with fog settling in above the lake.
A view of Loon Lake with fog settling in above the lake.
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Waterfall on Elliott State Forest land accessed from Loon Lake day use area.
Waterfall on Elliott State Forest land accessed from Loon Lake day use area.
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Trailhead sign to waterfall in the foreground with view of the paved trail.
Trailhead sign to waterfall in the foreground with view of the paved trail.
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Look Lake Day Use picnic table on a sunny, blue sky day.
Look Lake Day Use picnic table on a sunny, blue sky day.
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View of Loon Lake from the day use area beach.
View of Loon Lake from the day use area beach.
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Paved waterfall trail with leaves on the ground.
Paved waterfall trail with leaves on the ground.
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Shady campsite with Loon Lake view in the background.
Shady campsite with Loon Lake view in the background.
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View of fishing dock from the day use area.
View of fishing dock from the day use area.
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View of Loon Lake Recreation Site entrance sign in the foreground with the entrance road in the background.
View of Loon Lake Recreation Site entrance sign in the foreground with the entrance road in the background.
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A view of Loon Lake with fog settling in above the lake.
A view of Loon Lake with fog settling in above the lake.
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Waterfall on Elliott State Forest land accessed from Loon Lake day use area.
Waterfall on Elliott State Forest land accessed from Loon Lake day use area.
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Trailhead sign to waterfall in the foreground with view of the paved trail.
Trailhead sign to waterfall in the foreground with view of the paved trail.
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Look Lake Day Use picnic table on a sunny, blue sky day.
Look Lake Day Use picnic table on a sunny, blue sky day.
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View of Loon Lake from the day use area beach.
View of Loon Lake from the day use area beach.
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Paved waterfall trail with leaves on the ground.
Paved waterfall trail with leaves on the ground.
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Shady campsite with Loon Lake view in the background.
Shady campsite with Loon Lake view in the background.
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View of fishing dock from the day use area.
View of fishing dock from the day use area.
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View of Loon Lake Recreation Site entrance sign in the foreground with the entrance road in the background.
View of Loon Lake Recreation Site entrance sign in the foreground with the entrance road in the background.
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A view of Loon Lake with fog settling in above the lake.
A view of Loon Lake with fog settling in above the lake.
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Waterfall on Elliott State Forest land accessed from Loon Lake day use area.
Waterfall on Elliott State Forest land accessed from Loon Lake day use area.
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Trailhead sign to waterfall in the foreground with view of the paved trail.
Trailhead sign to waterfall in the foreground with view of the paved trail.
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Look Lake Day Use picnic table on a sunny, blue sky day.
Look Lake Day Use picnic table on a sunny, blue sky day.
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View of Loon Lake from the day use area beach.
View of Loon Lake from the day use area beach.
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Activities

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SWIMMING
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AMPHITHEATER
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FISHING
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EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS
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CAMPING
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BOATING
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DAY USE AREA
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INTERPRETIVE PROGRAMS
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PICNICKING
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BIRDING
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CANOEING
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EVENING PROGRAMS
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GUIDED INTERPRETIVE WALKS
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KAYAKING
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JET SKIING
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NON-MOTORIZED BOATING
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PADDLING
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WILDLIFE VIEWING
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HIKING
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SWIMMING SITE
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MOTOR BOAT
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PADDLE BOATING

Addresses

1300 Airport Ln
North Bend
Oregon
97459
7273 Loon Lake Road
Reedsport
Oregon
97467

Geographic Coordinates

43.5972222, -123.8402778

Directions

From I-5 in Oregon, take the Drain Exit (#162) south of Cottage Grove. Travel 43 miles west on OR-38 W to Loon Lake Road, 4 miles west of Scottsburg. 

From US HWY 101 in Reedsport, travel 13 miles east on OR-38 E to Loon Lake Road. 

Watch for Loon Lake Recreation Site sign on OR-38 between mileposts 13 and 14. 

Turn south onto Loon Lake Road, then travel 7 miles to the recreation site. When you come onto the Loon Lake Recreation Site sign on your left, the entrance is to the right, between the large boulders.

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