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Pistol River State Scenic Viewpoint

Pistol River State Park is set in the dunes of the southern Oregon coast. The river supposedly got its name when a militia soldier lost his pistol in the river during the infamous Rogue River Indian War. In March of 1856, a decisive battle was fought here.

The dunes and the river system that feeds them are what make this area unique. During the spring and summer months, the dunes actually grow. The river has changed its course numerous times in recent history and pothole ponds attract waterfowl and shorebirds. This is an excellent birding spot. Ocean windsurfing is so good here national championships have been held three years in a row. The beaches and sea stacks are wonderful.

Services and Things to Do

  • Picnicking
  • Wildlife watching
  • Bird watching
  • Marine mammal watching
  • Terrestrial mammal watching
  • Native plant
  • Boating
  • Fishing
  • Windsurfing
  • Swimming
  • Beach access
  • Horse trail
  • Walking trail
  • Special events
  • Nature programs
  • Athletics
  • Interpretive events
  • Forest
  • Wetland
  • Waterways
  • Rock formations
  • Marine
  • Dunes
  • Beach
  • Interpretation
  • Interpretive tours
  • Interpretive signs
  • Year-round
  • Restrooms

US 101, 11 mi. S of Gold Beach

Get driving directions to this park

There is no fee to use this park. For information, call 1-800-551-6949.

Information provided by Oregon State Parks

 


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