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Enjoy the Oregon Coast at Winchester Bay RV Resort

August 12, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 


As full-timers, we realized that we do not need to see the entire country all at once, so we try to pick places especially enjoyable and spend some time.  Winchester Bay RV Resort is one of those places; we just spent 2 months there this summer. 

Rainbow Over the Harbor

Rainbow over Salmon Harbor

What first attracted us to this resort was its location—on a peninsula with the mouth of the Umpqua River on one side and Salmon Harbor on the other.  On the river side, you can hear the surf on the rocks and on the Salmon Harbor side, you can watch the activity in the Salmon Harbor Marina.

We loved that almost every site has a view of the water, and many sites are right on the water.  On the marina side, the sites are pull-in (as opposed to back-in) so that your front window (if you have a motor home) faces the water. The resort has fire pits and picnic tables at every site, two buildings with the restrooms, showers, and laundry facilities, a playground, a putting green, wood delivered to your site, wi-fi, cable tv, full hook-ups (50 amp service), pull-throughs, back-ins, and pull-ins (even super-sites for 2 RVs), and easy access to Winchester Bay (shops and restaurants), The Oregon Dunes, and the Winchester Bay lighthouse.  The one side that is not on the water provides a beautiful view of a tree covered hill, which was often shrouded in a silvery mist.

Fog at Winchester Bay

Fog in the Trees at Winchester Bay

There were a number of shops and restaurants less than a mile (an easy walk) in Winchester Bay—I counted 10 places to eat and a dozen different shops.  People came here to visit the dunes (often with ATVs), go crabbing, fish, boat, hike, or just to relax.  The staff were very friendly and helpful, and the grounds were well-maintained.  We spent many days just watching the osprey, occasional eagle, ducks, geese, finches, harbor seals, fish (as they jumped in the water), and we even saw a California sea lion sunning on the dock (he even made the paper—The Umpqua Post; Fish & Dips).

We enjoyed the weather, yes, it was a bit windy—but the locals reminded us that we were at “the coast” not “the beach.”  The temperatures all through June and July were mostly in the mid 60s; sometimes into the 70s.  It was a pleasant break as we watched the news about the heat wave affecting the “entire country”; because we knew we were in the one place it was still comfortable.

California Sea Lion

California Sea Lion in Winchester Bay

Across the harbor was the Umpqua Triangle Oysters (Umpqua Aquaculture, Inc) Retail Store where we bought oysters in the shell to BBQ on the campfire and shucked oysters for other recipes.  There was also the Coast Guard station, which regularly treated you to hearing colors, revile, and taps if you happen to be outside at the right times of day.

Reedsport was only 4 miles away, and is a town of about 4500 if you need to visit grocery stores, book stores, health food store, restaurants, service centers, etc.

For more information about Winchester Bay RV Resort, please visit their website (Winchester Bay RV Resort).

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