Florence is fortunate to be surrounded by every kind of camping opportunity imagineable, from lakes and creeks for swimming and fishing, to dunes camping and even horse camps with beach access.
Campgrounds are provided on the Siuslaw National Forest, Oregon Dunes Recreation Area, BLM, state and county agencies. There are also a number of private RV campgrounds in the city and at various lakes in the area.
As much as water is an intrical part of the Florence area, with the lakes, creeks, river and ocean - trails throughout the area enable people to access these beautiful spots.
There are opportunities available for hikers, runners, horseback riders, bicyclists, and ATV riders. Many trails are dedicates to provide an optimum experience for peace and solitude.
The Florence area is teeming with wildlife. The ocean, of course, is home to whales, otters, seals, sea lions and even the occsaional shark. But the Siuslaw River estuary and the Oregon Dunes are also home to an array of birds and land animals,
Bird watchers can frequently spot tundra swans, Canadian geese, osprey, herons, hawks, raens and the occasional bald eagle. There are also many wooded valleys with migrating herds of elk and frequent sightings of deer and black bear.
The Florence area is a fisher's paradise. For the ocean-going angler, there’s trolling for halibut, tuna, salmon and bottom fish.
From shore, anglers fish for rockfish and other bottom fish near rocky jetties, or surf perch off sandy beaches.
The Siuslaw River and its bay can be among Oregon's elite fall chinook salmon fishing systems, as well as steelhead, trout and bass.
Crabbing and clamming are also popular
While most people naturally think of the Pacific Ocean when they think of the Oregon Coast, the area is not limied to beach and surf water sports, although surfing, windboarding, sea kayaking and scuba diving top the list of Florence water activities. But there are also many opportunities for canoeing, river kayaking, boating, water skiing, skidooing, swimming and more. Select locations include:
The Siuslaw River Water Trail that stretches from the mouth to the uppder reaches, and is home to sea lions, sea otters, osrey, blue heron and more.
Siltcoos Canoe Trail is a short, 3-mile, half-day paddle from Siltcoos Lake to the ocean.
Woahink Lake is a favorite for boating and swimming, with
beaches with spans of shallow water that is perfect for small children.
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