D River State Recreation Site

D River State Recreation Site
D River State Recreation Site
D River State Recreation Site is located in Oregon
Type Public, state
Location Lincoln County, Oregon
Nearest city Lincoln City
Coordinates 44°58′01″N 124°01′04″W / 44.967053°N 124.0178914°W / 44.967053; -124.0178914Coordinates: 44°58′01″N 124°01′04″W / 44.967053°N 124.0178914°W / 44.967053; -124.0178914[1]
Operated by Oregon Parks and Recreation Department

D River State Recreation Site (also D River State Wayside[2] and D River State Park[1]) is a state park in the U.S. state of Oregon, administered by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. It is a sandy beach of the Pacific Ocean within central Lincoln City along the length of the 120-foot (37 m) long D River, one of the world's shortest rivers.

The site provides public access to Wecoma Beach, part of Lincoln City's 7.5 miles (12.1 km) of beach.[3] There is parking and day use facilities, and no fees. The site has access to river and ocean fishing.[4]

Two of the world's largest kite flying festivals are held here, one in the spring and one in the fall,[4] as well as a summer kite festival which features several professional kite fliers.[5] It was named by Kitelines Magazine as one of the best places in the world to fly a kite.[6] The area also has two year round 10-kilometre (6.2 mi) Volkssport walking courses.[3]

D River State Recreation Site is considered among the ten best places along the Oregon coast for whale watching. Whale watching guide volunteers are present one week in January and one in March to help visitors see and understand the whale migration.[7]

The area of ocean where the D River enters the sea creates consistent year round surfing conditions suitable for intermediate skills.[8]

Like many Oregon coast locations, flocks of seagulls are frequently present in winter. The most common species are Western Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, and California Gull. Occasionally Thayer's Gull and American Herring Gull are observed here.[9]

See also


  1. ^ a b "D River State Park". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. http://geonames.usgs.gov/pls/gnispublic/f?p=gnispq:3:::NO::P3_FID:1132475. Retrieved 2011-06-26. 
  2. ^ D River State Wayside is shown on topographic maps of the area.
  3. ^ a b "Lincoln City". Lincoln City Online.com. http://lincolncityonline.com/. Retrieved 2011-01-01. 
  4. ^ a b "D River State Recreation Site". Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. http://oregonstateparks.org/park_214.php. Retrieved 2011-05-22. 
  5. ^ "Lincoln City Summer Kite Festival". Oregon Coast Today. http://www.oregoncoasttoday.com/lincolncitykitefest.html. Retrieved 2011-01-01. 
  6. ^ "Lincoln City Summer Kite Festival". Oregon Coast. Lincoln City Visitor & Convention Bureau. http://www.oregoncoast.org/kite-festival/kites-summer.php. Retrieved 2011-01-01. 
  7. ^ Oakley, Myrna (2007). Off the Beaten Path Oregon (8th ed.). Insiders' Guide. p. 20. ISBN 9780762742080. http://books.google.com/books?id=kurzhCBb1VcC&lpg=PP1&dq=%22Off%20the%20Beaten%20Path%20Oregon%22%20Oakley&pg=PA20#v=onepage&q&f=false. 
  8. ^ Blair, Larry; Buzzy Kerbox (2003). Wave-Finder. Wavefinder Limited. p. 224. ISBN 9780958172615. http://books.google.com/books?id=PKb6kwe62cIC&lpg=PP1&dq=%22Wave-Finder%22%20Blair&pg=PA224#v=onepage&q&f=false. 
  9. ^ Rakestraw, John (2007). Birding Oregon. Globe Pequot. p. 130. ISBN 9780762739134. http://books.google.com/books?id=V741Dgud3RcC&lpg=PP1&dq=%22Birding%20Oregon%22%20Rakestraw&pg=PA130#v=onepage&q&f=false. 

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