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 2019

Confluence Festival – Canceled: The Reedsport/Winchester Bay Chamber of Commerce hosts this annual Beer, Wine and Seafood Festival at the Reedsport Community Center. This is a great event to enjoy multiple live bands, beer and seafood from local vendors and fresh seafood from a variety of restaurants around town.

Lower Umpqua Fly Casters Exposition – February 23 : See the Reedsport/Winchester Bay Chamber of Commerce website for more information.

St. Patrick’s Day Trivia Challenge – March 17: See the Reedsport/Winchester Bay Chamber of Commerce website for more information.

SOLVE Spring Beach Cleanup – March 23

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.

Crafters DeStash Sale Event – April 20

SOLVE IT for Earth Day – April 5 – 6

Memorial Day Celebration – May 26 – 27:  See the Reedsport/Winchester Bay Chamber of Commerce website for more information.

Chainsaw Sculpting Championships – June 13 – 16: Father’s Day Weekend Professional chainsaw sculpture carvers from around the world gather at Rainbow Plaza in Reedsport for the Oregon Divisional Chainsaw Sculpting Championships. The main event takes “Art to the Extreme” with hours of carving large sculptures and daily timed “quick-carve” events. Come and meet the artists and enjoy super sales on carvings. This is a great way to spend Father’s Day on the coast!

Rock & Gem Show & Sale – June 14 – 16:  See the Reedsport/Winchester Bay Chamber of Commerce website for more information.

Artist Challenge Reception – June 14: See the Reedsport/Winchester Bay Chamber of Commerce website for more information.

Sidewalk Art Walk – June 15: 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.

Reedsport’s 100th Birthday Dinner – July 6

Forest Hills Couples Golf Tournament – July 6 – 7

Oregon Coast Anglers Annual Banquet – July 20

Dune Fest – July 23-28: 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 27

National Night Out – August 6

Carnival for Reedsport’s 100th Birthday – August 10

Riverfront Rhythms Concert – August 10: See the Reedsport/Winchester Bay Chamber of Commerce website for more information.

Old Time Fiddlers District 5 – Fiddler on the Beach – August 15 – 17: Musicians from all over Pacific Northwest and Northern California will be singing and playing fiddles, guitars, banjos and mandolins at the Grange Hall, the Gazebo, camp grounds and on the docks around town. Get ready to hear a wide variety of music including country, Cajun, swing, bluegrass, folk, waltzes and old time tunes. Open jam sessions, concerts at the Grange Hall at 6:00pm. Admission by donation. A Gospel show on Sunday to close the event. More info contact Sharon Gallagher (541) 572-2742 or Hal Weiner (541) 902-2336

Riverfront Rhythms Concert – August 22: See the Reedsport/Winchester Bay Chamber of Commerce website for more information.

Kool Coastal Nights – August 23 – 24: The burn-out is back! The fun starts on Friday and continues through Saturday. 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 and a street dance to shake your stuff too Live Music. 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.

Art by the Bay – Aug 31 – Sep 1: – Artists from all over Oregon will be participating in their crafts. During the Annual Art by the Bay you will have a chance to see styles & skills of Potters, Painters, Carvers, Jewelry and more. You will be able to observe artists sketching all that Winchester Bay has to offer. This Event is sponsored by Friends of Winchester Bay and The Winchester Bay Merchants Association. Proceeds are used to sponsor Art Classes in the area for all ages. For more information and to participate call Phyllis Dever at 541-271-1510.

S.T.E.P. Annual Salmon Derby – Aug 31 – Sep 2: – 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 14: See the Reedsport/Winchester Bay Chamber of Commerce website for more information.

SOLVE Beach & Riverside Cleanup – September 21

Reedsport Tree Lighting Ceremony – November 30

Holiday Bazaar – December 6 – 7: 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 7

Winchester Bay Tree Lighting and Celebration – December 7

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.

Umpqua River Lighthouse 125th Birthday – December 31

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