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A good look at the Oregon Dunes just off U.S. 101.

Shifting sands, forest islands, and foamy ocean breakers are all within easy view from the new Oregon Dunes Overlook. Just 10 miles north of Reedsport and a little west of U.S. Highway 101, the overlook--in Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area--provides the first access to the dunes not requiring a detour from the coast highway.

Separate viewing decks on three levels (the highest is 140 feet above the ocean) are designed for visitors who want to see the dunes without walking down to them. Interpretive signs explain dunes geology, and you'll find parking, rest rooms, and five picnic tables.

If you're in a walking mood, a trail from the overlook will lead you about a mile through the dunes to the ocean, where good beachcombing awaits, particularly after a high tide following a storm. Anglers may also find fair surf fishing for perch on incoming tides. Wildlife watchers often see hawks and osprey, and occasionally deer or bear.

Another new trail provides a more sheltered walk in stormy weather. Siltcoos Trail begins about 3 miles farther north on the east side of U.S. 101 opposite Siltcoos Dune and Beach Access Road. The gentle path leads 2 miles east through pine woods to the shore of Lake Siltcoos, where there are new campsites and picnic tables.

Visitors to the dunes should bring a jacket and be ready for high winds, rain, and cool temperatures.

A new map ($1) of the national recreation area has just been published. It incorporates information on plants, wildflife, geology, trails and cross-country hiking, boat ramps, campgrounds, and off-road vehicle sites. You can pick up a copy at NRA headquarters between 8 and 4:30 weekdays, or write to Oregon Dunes NRA, 855 Highway Ave., Reedsport 97467.
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