Lincoln City is bordered on the North by the foot of the magnificent Cascade Head. To the East is Devils Lake, a freshwater lake that offers swimming, windsurfing and boating. It rests at the base of the Coast Range foothills. Our Southern boundary is marked by Siletz Bay, the outlet for the Siletz River as it flows into the sea. To the West, Lincoln City is bordered by the mighty Pacific Ocean punctuated with 7 1/2 miles of beautiful, sandy beaches.
The Pacific Ocean is not the only place to take a wild ride in Lincoln City. Jump on board a 110-HP Waverunner at Blue Heron Landing on Devils Lake, churn up some white water waves and bounce your way through them. Or glide leisurely in a canoe or kayak among the lake?s resident ducks and coots. Need to take the whole family ? even the little ones? A covered pontoon is a great place to have a picnic lunch on the water and watch birds or fish for dinner at the same time. Devils Lake, on the northeast side of Lincoln City is has an abundance of opportunities for making white water or gliding peacefully among our winged neighbors. Check out the choices at www.blueheronlanding.net or call 541-994-4708 . The Lake is managed by the Devils Lake Water Improvement District, www.dlwid.org, 541-994-5330
Some gray whales do not continue on to Alaskan waters but stay off the coast of Oregon between June and November. These part-time residents number about 200. About 60 whales are seen repeatedly off the central coast and have been photographed and identified. Of these, about 40 hang out between Lincoln City and Newport each year because that seems to be what the food supply will support. Watch for the whales's spouts from any ocean vista point. Morning light with the sun at your back is best. First locate whale spouts with your naked eye; then focus more closely with binoculars. For an even closer view, try whale watching from a charter boat. We recommend two really great companies: 1. Carrie's Whale, Sealife & Shark Museum in Depoe Bay, http://www.oregonwhales.com. Phone 541-912-6734. Carrie (Dr. Newell) is an active professor teaching classes at Oregon State University in Corvallis and the museum is populated with her own collection. You will find her animated, interesting, dynamic and energetic in doing what she obviously loves ... teaching about whales. It seems she has a personal relationship with each one, as she calls them by name and relates their personal history. The two zodiacs carry six adults each, and are surprisingly comfortable with individual seats. Kevin was our delightful captain when we went out and although we were not fortunate enough to see any whales, we got a beautiful view of the coast line, and up close and personal with seals and sea lions. We visited places only approachable by boat, saw an eagle perched high in a fir tree and skimmed the waves with pigeon guillimotes and cormorants. It was a lovely trip and well worth the money we spent. 2. Another whale watching option is Tradewinds Charters, http://www.tradewindscharters.com/. Phone 541-765-2345 or 800-445-8730. Tradewinds has a number of boats that go out on whale-watching tours and is the preferred way to go with a larger party, and/or ones with young children. It is less expensive, the boats carry many more people and the captains are knowledgeable and friendly. Tradewinds Charters also offer deep sea fishing expeditions for bottom fish which include Sea-Bass, Ling Cod, Red Snapper, Cabezon, and many other varieties of rockfish. They also fish seasonally for Halibut, Salmon, and Tuna. They are really great to work with, and one time we got close enough to smell the whale's breath!
If you're tired of the vacation cycle from car to hotel to car and back again, we invite you to experience Lincoln City from the seat of a bike. Savor the clean breeze, get a little exercise and see stunning views that are easy to miss from the passenger seat of your car. Cyclists are welcome in the marked lanes on many thoroughfares in and around the city, including the length of Highway 101; but one of the most popular rides is the bike lane encircling Devils Lake. Start at nearly any point to take the 10-mile long loop. In areas located outside the incorporated limits, Lincoln County has provided paved shoulders along the road for bicycle traffic. Riders can reach West Devils Lake Road by bike lanes on N. 22nd and Holmes Road. From a signaled intersection in the Oceanlake District, NE 14th Street becomes West Devils Lake Road as it heads towards the lake. The best way to reach the back side of the lake is the turn east by the Tanger Outlet Center onto East Devils Lake Road. If the Ocean is what you?re looking for but you don?t want to travel the highway, take the western shore bike route from N. 39th Street south to N. First Street, where it exits onto Highway 101 at Kyllo?s Seafood Grill. For a little less traffic, head east on S. 51st Street. This road passes the area's oldest elementary school before becoming Schooner Creek Road. Take this tree-lined lane to Anderson Creek Road, then turn right on Drift Creek Road. Ride west on Drift Creek Road to Highway 101 and back into Lincoln City. Many off-road opportunities are available in the hills north, south and east of the city. New to Blue Heron Landing: Bike Rentals. Two Hour Rental: $10.00, Four Hour Rental: $15.00, Full Day Rental: $25.00, Weekly Rental: $75.00