Broad sandy beaches, evergreen forests, the magnificent Pacific Ocean in its front yard and a lake at its back door - Lincoln City has it all. When the Roosevelt Highway was opened in 1937 along Oregon's Pacific Coast, early vacationers came to stay at five individual communities in the area-- Oceanlake, Delake, Nelscott, Taft and Cutler City. Those five tiny towns were consolidated in 1965 and became Lincoln City, which has since grown to be the most popular tourist destination on the Oregon coast.
Lincoln City is a wonderful place just to relax, or to actively participate in all your favorite coastal recreation activities. It is bordered on the north by the Salmon River estuary that together with the magnificent Cascade Head promontory has been designated an International Biosphere Reserve. Herds of elk and bald eagles are often seen as you hike through majestic Sitka spruce and out onto the headland or paddle the estuary.
To the east of Lincoln City is Devils Lake, a 680-acre freshwater lake that rests at the base of the Coast Range foothills. Devils Lake is a great place for the whole family to enjoy boating, windsurfing and fishing for bass, trout and coho salmon. The southern boundary of the city is marked by Siletz Bay, where you can watch (and be watched by) the resident pod of harbor seals basking on the end of Salishan spit just across the mouth of the bay. Don't forget to bring your crab pot!
And to the west, Lincoln City is bordered by the mighty Pacific Ocean and 7 1/2 miles of beautiful, sandy beaches. The breezes are often perfect for kite flying, earning Lincoln City the title "Kite Capital of the World" in 1990. Don't miss the summer display of huge, revolving spin socks at D River Wayside, or the wide variety of colorful, acrobatic kites being flown by global enthusiasts year-round. Feeling lucky? From October through May the Lincoln City Visitors and Convention Bureau hides over 2000 handblown glass floats on the beach for its popular "Glass Float Odyssey". Finders keepers!
In Lincoln City a wide range of unique boutiques as well as the popular Factory Outlet Stores await the year-round shopper. Everything from rare books and antiques to new fashions, gourmet foods and beach mementos can be found on the 7-mile shopping concourse, Highway 101. "Country Home Magazine" has chosen Lincoln City as one of the ten best places to "antique" in the United States. Several excellent art galleries offer the finest of local and regional creative genius. And after a hard day of shopping, there's a wide variety of restaurants to tempt the palate.
Evening culture in and around Lincoln City can include live theater at Theater West, jazz and blues at Eden Hall, or silent movies at the Bijou Theater. There's gambling at Chinook Winds Casino, which also features a full schedule of world famous entertainers.
Fishing and beachcombing, clamming and crabbing, hiking and biking, shopping and dining. Monthly events, festivals, exhibitions and entertainment. The beach is truly just the beginning of your coastal discovery adventure in Lincoln City.