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Sand Lake Estuary

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

Beach at Whalen Island, Sand Lake Estuary (bobcat)
On the lagoon side of the point at the mouth of the estuary, Sand Lake (bobcat)


A short spit encloses the large coastal estuary of Sand Lake. The forested section of this spit has a network of trails (See the Sitka Sedge Loop Hike). Across the estuary mouth to the north, you may see ORVs buzzing along the beach in the Sand Lake Recreation Area; the imposing headland of Cape Lookout juts into the Pacific. In the lagoon is low, forested Whalen Island, which boasts a short nature trail (the Whalen Island Loop Hike). The estuary, one of the most pristine on the Oregon Coast, becomes a vast expanse of sand banks and mud flats at low tide.

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