Pistol River State Park is set in the dunes of the southern Oregon coast. Legend has it that the river got its name when a militia soldier lost his pistol in the water during the infamous Rogue River Indian War. In March of 1856, a decisive battle was fought here. During the spring and summer months, the dunes actually grow, and the river has changed its course numerous times in recent history. Pothole ponds attract waterfowl and shorebirds, making this an excellent birding spot. National windsurfing championships have been held here three years in a row.

 
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Away Travel Expert: Christine Loomis
BeachExpert Rating 4.0 out of 5 Recommended for:
Windsurfing
BeachExpert Tips & Helpful Hints
  • The river and area got its name when a soldier lost his pistol in the river during the Rogue River Indian Wars.
  • Ocean windsurfing at Pistol River is so good that several national championships have been held here, meaning it's not for novice windsurfers. If you're a beginner, come watch the experts—you might even pick up a few tricks.
  • When you're not windsurfing, the park is a great spot for birding and photographing Oregon's famous sea stacks.

Address:
US 101
Gold Beach, Oregon


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Telephone Number: 800-551-6949
The details, dates, and prices mentioned here were accurate at the time of publication.

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