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 local events, visit the following websites:

  • Discover Winchester Bay – www.discoverwinchesterbay.com

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