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Are dogs allowed on Oregon Coast beaches?

In general, most of Oregon’s beaches allow dogs. Some beaches within local enforcement areas may require that dogs be leashed and there are a few beaches that do not allow dogs or require leashes to protect wildlife. Inter-tidal areas designated as Marine Gardens by the State of Oregon require that dogs be leashed and a few beaches do not allow dogs during the Snowy Plover nesting season March 15 to September 15.

Generally speaking, off-leash dogs are tolerated on most beaches as long as under “direct control” of the owner. This means the dog’s handler must remain within sight of the dog and the dog must respond to voice commands. Other common sense rules apply to dogs on beaches according to state law. Handlers must prevent their animals from harassing people, wildlife and other domestic animals; and you are responsible for the removal of the animal’s waste while in the ocean shore state recreation area. Owners are required to carry a leash and leash their dog at the request of authorities, including Oregon State Parks personnel. If your dog is well behaved, does not approach other people or dogs, does not chase birds, approach wildlife or other domestic animals, you can enjoy most Oregon beaches off-leash with your dog.

I almost always travel the coast with my girl Gracie and we not only enjoy the beaches, but find many dog-friendly restaurants with outdoor dining areas and dog-related or dog-friendly businesses. There can’t be a better destination for dogs than the Oregon Coast.

Answered by Gary Hayes, Ask Oregon Coast Expert on September 2nd, 2016 - Post Your Answer

Is there RV camping at Crater Lake?

Yes, you can RV camp below the rim at Crater Lake at Mazama Village Campground, the only RV camping in Crater Lake National Park. You can make reservations in advance online or by phone, but only for a limited number of RV sites. However, there are a number of first come, first served sites as well.

Answered by Amy Whitley, Ask Oregon Southern Oregon Expert on August 31st, 2016 - Post Your Answer

What hikes near La Grande do you suggest?

The city of La Grande is home to a lot of great hikes, including the Mount Emily Recreation Area (MERA). At 3,669 acres, MERA is one of the most elite trail systems in Eastern Oregon — plus it’s only two miles from downtown La Grande.

If you have a day to spare, I highly recommend traveling a little more east to Wallowa Lake, just four miles past the town of Joseph. It’s a beautiful part of Oregon that I encourage everyone to go check out. The Wallowa-Whitman National Forest has great day hiking areas.


Answered by Emily Palmer, Ask Oregon Eastern Oregon Expert on August 29th, 2016 - Post Your Answer

Are there hiking trails all the way around Foster Lake?

You happened to ask a good person — I grew up near Foster Lake and my family used to walk on the shoreline trail every evening! The walking trails at Foster Lake are great, and there are lots of places where you can walk right up to the lake shore and dip your toes in the water. However, they do not extend all the way around the reservoir.

The north shore trail begins at Lewis Creek County Park, which is located off of North River Drive.

On the south shore, the walking trail begins at Shea Point (just off Highway 20, across from the spot where Riggs Hill Road intersects with Highway 20) and extends up to the far edge of the dam.

If you visit the Sweet Home Chamber of Commerce website and scroll to the bottom of their list of local trails, you’ll find a good description of both the North Shore and South Shore trails.

If you visit Foster, stop and get a bite at the Point Restaurant. It’s right across from the South Shore trail and has good food plus beautiful lake views. It’s especially known for its homemade pies — yum!

How can I see the Oregon Coast on a budget?

Oregon State Parks offer access to some of the most remarkable scenic views and natural areas on the Oregon Coast. Many of the Oregon Coast’s State Parks do not require day-use fees and of those, my favorites are Cape Meares, Seal Rock and Cape Arago.

Those with day use fees that I would not hesitate to pay even for a brief visit include Ecola State Park, Heceta Head Lighthouse State Park and Shore Acres State Park. Likewise, the day use fee for entrance to the Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area is also well worth it. On a related note, the Oregon Pacific Coast Passport covers day use fees for all Oregon State Parks, BLM sites (Yaquina Head), Forest Service managed natural areas including the Oregon Dunes and Cape Perpetua; and National Park sites (Fort Clatsop near Astoria) on the Oregon Coast.

Answered by Gary Hayes, Ask Oregon Coast Expert on August 22nd, 2016 - Post Your Answer

What are the best breweries between Salem and McMinnville?

Of course, you’ll be deep in wine country there, and I should encourage you to stop in at one of the bajillion wineries for a drop of pinot — it is definitely worth a stop. As for beer, a couple to put on your list are Golden Valley (McMinnville), one of Oregon’s older breweries and a good one. The long-time brewer there, Mark Vickery, went off and started Grain Station (McMinnville), which should probably be your first stop. Great story, great place — and great beer. Another brewery I love is Heater Allen (also McMinnville), but they focus on lagers so you’ll have to decide whether that fits the bill. (Lagers have finally started to get popular in Oregon, and this brewery is one of the big reasons why.)

A couple other places to note. You might consider driving to Salem to check out Santiam, which is an interesting brewery that does mainly cask ales. It’s unusual and you might find it interesting. There’s also a new brewery in Dundee called Deception — and breweries open so fast in Oregon that I’m falling behind. I still haven’t made it out there. Perhaps you can go and tell me what it’s like.

Answered by Jeff Alworth, Ask Oregon Beer Expert on August 18th, 2016 - Post Your Answer

What are the best places for water sports near Bend?

You’re in luck. There are great rafting and water sports options around here. The Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway offers many lakes for flatwater kayaking and boating. The Deschutes River offers kayaking and slow-rafting right in town, or sign up for a white water raft trip with Sun Country Tours, on the river southwest of town. Also in town, try out the new Bend Whitewater Park, with standing waves and awesome floating, surfing and kayaking options.

No doubt, you’ll work up an appetite. Some of my favorite places to eat nearby are Jackson’s Corner, Spork, Hola!, Brother Jon’s, the Lot, Zydeco and Bend Brewing Co.

What events are happening on the Oregon Coast at the end of summer?

Late-September through early-October is a great time to visit the Oregon Coast for outdoor recreation and wildlife spotting. With the large summer crowds gone, herds of Roosevelt Elk are frequently seen along the coast. If you’re interested in whale watching, I’d suggest Depoe Bay, where Oregon State Parks operates a Whale Watch Center, or Cape Foulweather, a prominent viewpoint also staffed by Parks personnel. Bird watching is always good on the Oregon Coast. You may want to read my Travel Oregon story, Hiking Tour of the Oregon Coast, for some of my favorite hiking areas.

September 24 is National Public Lands Day and National Parks, such as Lewis and Clark’s Fort Clatsop near Astoria, offer free admission in case that fits in with your itinerary. That day is also Oregon’s annual Beach Clean-up  in case you want to join the thousands of other volunteers helping keep Oregon’s beaches clean. On October 1-2, the town of Charleston hosts its Octoberfish festival. That weekend, Lincoln City hosts its annual Fall Kite Festival. You can see more events at the VisitTheOregonCoast website

As for arts, there are some great galleries and live theater all along the Coast, but Cannon Beach in particular is known as an arts town and has been recognized as one the 100 Best Art Towns in America.

If you give me an idea of your itinerary or what part of the coast you will be visiting, I may be able to make some more specific recommendations.

Answered by Gary Hayes, Ask Oregon Coast Expert on August 9th, 2016 - Post Your Answer

It is okay to use inner tubes to float the Rogue River near Gold Beach?

Yes, there are plenty of mellow stretches of the Rogue River near Gold Beach  that would be suitable for inner tubes. You will need to be careful of the jet boat tours that leave Gold Beach and go up the Rogue River.


Answered by Zachary Collier, Ask Oregon Rafting Expert on August 8th, 2016 - Post Your Answer

Where can we see redwood trees in Oregon?

In Southern Oregon you can find wonderful redwood groves by driving out the Redwood Highway (Highway 199) from Grants Pass to the Oregon Coast. Along the way you can access short hiking trails into the redwoods at several locations, as well as find redwoods along the Oregon Coast once you reach that point. From Crescent City, you’ll want to drive north a few miles back into Oregon. My favorite spot is the Redwood Nature Trail in Brookings. This trail is actually a trail network of multiple loops that wind upslope of the Chetco River. You see multiple redwoods and other pines, as well as a clear, cold creek. Be sure to pay attention to which turns you take in order to find your way back to the start, as it’s not as well marked as we would like.

Directions: from Highway 101, turn east at Constitution Way to North Bank Chetco Road. Go 7.5 miles to Alfred Loeb State Park. The trailhead is half a mile past the entrance.

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