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“Fantastic at two locales: Ocean & River - Park goes for miles and miles”

South Jetty County Park
Ranked #13 of 42 things to do in Florence
Certificate of Excellence
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Level 4 Contributor
46 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Fantastic at two locales: Ocean & River - Park goes for miles and miles”
Reviewed August 18, 2013

We had the best day at two locations in this park! First, we stopped at one of the first dune beaches just after the ATV staging area and beach. There was a pit toilet... very convenient. Luckily, the ATV area is separated from the walking, shelling, & playing area so I felt safe letting the kids roam around. When we arrived, a nice young lady (a new instructor at the dunes park) happened to be there and let our kids sandboard down the little dune. Each tried it three times (it was a first!) and it was the highlight of my son's trip. We had a fantastic time walking for hours, picking up shells of all sorts, running on the dunes, taking pictures, and finding agates and rocks. Then we went back to the car, got our picnic lunch, and drive a few more miles towards the jetty and parked where the crab dock is. Also a bathroom here. We noticed a little stretch of beach, then spotted a blue heron nearby. We decided to picnic on the little beach. We saw blue herons catching fish, harbor seals frolicking in the water, and clear blue skies. I was in heaven as we picnicked with peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and fruit. I've rarely encountered a more peaceful gorgeous interesting location. While my husband and the kids tried to find clams in the endless shallow waters (at low tide), I picked up my husband's photographer's camera for the first time and was inspired enough to take 175 digital photos. I even snapped a picture of the heron catching a fish. Beautiful! We were at Jetty park for about 6 hours but it felt like we could've stayed much longer and explored more nooks, beaches, and lookouts. Thank goodness we used sunscreen because the sun reflects fiercely off the sand on the dunes. Fabulous place!

Visited August 2013
2 Thank Kathy M
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st paul
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81 reviews
37 attraction reviews
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“beautiful isolation...”
Reviewed July 3, 2013

While there were plenty of people in the area, it felt very isolated and remote. The beach is beautiful and feels so isolated. There are interesting shells and driftwood and plenty of photo opportunities.

Visited July 2013
1 Thank jeffrey k
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seattle, WA
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Dunes are amazing!”
Reviewed July 3, 2013

Quite the climb, but well worth it. We love visiting the Oregon Dunes! Not super great shell searching if that's what you are looking for, but the beaches aren't crowded. Perfect place to spend the day.

Visited July 2013
2 Thank MsD6206
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Oregon Coast
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429 attraction reviews
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“Fun to watch the surfers plus beach access”
Reviewed June 10, 2013

This review is for South Jetty County Park in Florence, at the mouth of the Siuslaw River.

Sometimes visitors confuse this with South Beach State Park in Newport. That is the one that has the big bridge!

We drove out to South Jetty County Park one sunny winter day. It was surprisingly warm and pleasant, and the drive out to the jetty was very nice. It kind of seems as if you're driving and driving as it is about 6 miles or so west of Hwy 101.

The road goes through some sand dunes and there is a staging area off to one side for ATVs. When the road gets to the ocean, it turns north and is quite straight. There are several places to park along here and walk to the ocean, but we couldn't see the ocean from the road because there is a dune blocking the view.

When we got to the end, there is a paved parking area with restrooms, but we drove a little ways out on the gravel road and parked right on the edge of the Siuslaw River. We did see a couple of 4x4 trucks that went ahead to the actual jetty, but it's rough.

We walked out on the jetty and watched a couple of surfers in the river! Apparently there is a sand bar or something and there are actually waves in the river. We'd never seen "river surfing" before :-)

You can walk out on the beach and walk south for several miles but we opted not to as it was late in the day.

We did enjoy watching the lovely sunset!

There is a fee to enter, based on the honor system. We did see a Ranger truck driving around, checking cars. I don't know what the fee is because my husband has the "Senior Pass" so we didn't have to pay for this park.

If you have time, this is a pleasant drive off Highway 101.

Visited November 2012
1 Thank half-Brit
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Springfield, Oregon
2 reviews
“Its dunes”
Reviewed April 21, 2013

its the dunes park lots of trails fun for everybody bring your bincolors and your camera watch out for bears and wild turkeys

Visited April 2013
Thank lynn w
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