Our Community

This Place We Call Home

The local Winchester Bay Merchant Association promotes economic development in this small community of Winchester Bay, Oregon. Tourism is a significant component of the economy with recreational vehicle use on the nearby sand dunes, tours of the Umpqua River Lighthouse, and crabbing in the bay as the primary attractions. Winchester Bay, formerly referred to as Whistling Basin by the small Native American population, has seen a marked increase in tourism despite being a sparsely populated outpost.The Winchester Bay Merchant Association has dubbed the community as the “Crab Capital of the World.”

For more information on Winchester Bay and the surrounding area, please contact one of the following organizations:

Local Attractions

Bolon Island Tideways State Scenic Corridor

A paradise for hikers and birders.

Dean Creek Elk Viewing Area

View these majestic animals in the open at this elk preserve just east of Reedsport on Highway 38. Interpretive displays introduce you to the details of their habitat and life cycle.

Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area

Orient yourself to this exceptional stretch of pristine dunes and beaches with a visit to this site and a stop at the ODNRA headquarters in Reedsport.

Public Art Projects

The Coastal Arts & Business Alliance is continually developing artworks in the area on an interactive water theme. Watch for them throughout Reedsport and Winchester Bay.

Umpqua Discovery Center

Located on Reedsport’s scenic riverfront, the panoramic displays and interactive exhibits of the UDC take you on a fascinating journey into the past of our tidewater town. Browse through the gift shop for unique souvenirs of your stay.

Umpqua Lighthouse State Park

Stroll Lake Marie, enjoy a family BBQ, and tour the lighthouse.

For more information on the local area and events visit the Reedsport/Winchester Bay Chamber of Commerce website or give them a call at (541) 271-3495.

Local Annual Events for 2020

Lower Umpqua Fly Casters Exposition – February 29 : See the Reedsport/Winchester Bay Chamber of Commerce website for more information.

St. Patrick’s Day Trivia Challenge – March 14: See the Reedsport/Winchester Bay Chamber of Commerce website for more information.

SOLVE Spring Beach Cleanup – March 28

Spring Whale Watching – Late March: Whales begin their northern migration in March. The Umpqua River Whale Watching Station near the Umpqua Lighthouse is the best place to scout for migrating gray whales. During the 2014 Spring Whale Watching Week this location had the highest number of whale sightings of all the 26 whale watching stations on the Oregon Coast. Volunteers staff the station during whale watching week to help you spot the whales. The station includes a viewing platform, coin-operated telescopes, and interpretive signage.

SOLVE IT for Earch Day – April 18: Each year close to 6,000 volunteers come together with SOLVE to pick up trash, remove invasive weeds, and plant native trees and shrubs. Let’s celebrate 50 years of Earth Day by joining the largest Earth Day event in Oregon! www.solveoregon.org

Crafters DeStash Sale Event – April 24-25

Memorial Day Celebration – May 24 – 25:  See the Reedsport/Winchester Bay Chamber of Commerce website for more information.

Chainsaw Sculpting Championships – June 18 – 21: 21st Annual Oregon Divisional Chainsaw Carving Championship. Professional chainsaw sculpture carvers from around the world gather at Rainbow Plaza in Reedsport. The main event takes “Art to the Extreme” with hours of carving large sculptures and daily timed “quick-carve” events. A great way to spend Father’s Day on the coast!

Rock & Gem Show & Sale – June 19 – 21:  See the Reedsport/Winchester Bay Chamber of Commerce website for more information.

Artist Challenge Reception – June 19: See the Reedsport/Winchester Bay Chamber of Commerce website for more information.

Downtown Art Walk – June 20: See the Reedsport/Winchester Bay Chamber of Commerce website for more information.

Fireworks on the Bay – July 4: The most spectacular fireworks display on the Coast. Visitors and locals grab a spot, fire up the barbecue or picnic and settle in for a night of fun. Fireworks begin at dusk.

Forest Hills Couples Golf Tournament – July 11-12: Forest Hills Country Club in Reedsport

Riverfront Rhythms Concert – July 16

Oregon Coast Anglers Annual Banquet – July 18

DuneFest – July 21-26: This 5-day event draws thousands of ATV enthusiasts to Winchester Bay, the heart of the Oregon Dunes. Events include drag races, challenges and more. In addition to all the action on the sand, you’ll find ATV vendor booths, food, music and exhibitions featuring the latest products and vehicles. Some spectacular “show” buggies and quads are also on display and sale.

Jack Dunn Memorial Golf Tournament – July 25: Forest Hills Country Club in Reedsport

Riverfront Rhythms Concert – July 30

Old Time Fiddlers District 5 – Fiddle on the Beach – August 13-16

Riverfront Rhythms Concert – August 13

Kool Coastal Nights – August 22: The cars are powdered and permed for the Show ‘n Shine and Parade of Champions. There’s also a Harbor Cruise for those who are nostalgic for the 50’s. Come Kool off at the coast and enjoy all the HOT cars! For more information contact Phyllis Dever 541-271-1510 or Debbie Turner 541-271-1902.

S.T.E.P. Annual Fishing Derby – Sep. 5-7:  Sponsored by Gardiner/Reedsport S.T.E.P. (Salmon Trout Enhancement Program) this event is timed to coincide with the fall Chinook salmon run. Daily prizes awarded for the biggest salmon. Local tackle shops have registration forms and rules.

Battle of the Bones BBQ – September 12: See the Reedsport/Winchester Bay Chamber of Commerce website for more information.

SOLVE Beach & Riverside Cleanup – September 19: www.solveoregon.org

Reedsport Tree Lighting Ceremony – November 28

59th Annual Holiday Bazaar – December 4-5: Reedsport Community Building located at 451 Winchester Avenue. The bazaar features art, crafts, food, gifts, and collectibles of the “handcrafted, homemade, and homegrown” variety. Sponsored by the Coastal Douglas Arts & Business Alliance (CDABA) which is a local Reedsport/Winchester Bay/Gardiner/Scottsburg/Elkton non-profit. For more information contact: Theresa Chickering at 541-271-4608 or tjchickering@yahoo.com.

Discovery Center Free Admission – December 5

Winter Whale Watching – Late December: Whales begin their southern migration in December. The Umpqua River Whale Watching Station near the Umpqua Lighthouse is the best place to scout for migrating gray whales. Volunteers staff the station during whale watching week to help you the spot the whales. The station includes a viewing platform, coin-operated telescopes, and interpretive signage. This is one of the most spectacular sights to see on the Oregon Coast, the annual migration of whales. Gray whales travel south in the winter from the cold waters of the Bering Sea to the lagoons of Mexico to breed and give birth and return north in the spring.

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