DescriptionWater was once the bane of existence for Reedsport, built on marshy tideland filled in with clay taken from the hills behind town. Flooding was so frequent that most of the town's early buildings and sidewalks had to be elevated 3 to 8 feet above ground. A devastating flood in 1964 resulted in the construction of a dike to protect the lower part of town.
Reedsport's watery surroundings evoke images of the salmon, steelhead trout and striped bass that abound. Adjacent Winchester Bay, at the mouth of the Umpqua River, is among Oregon's most productive sportfishing harbors.
US 101 is a scenic highway that passes through Reedsport and stretches along the Oregon coast. It features such nearby scenic areas as Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area along its route. SR 38 from I-5 to US 101 parallels the scenic Umpqua River valley. Dean Creek Elk Viewing Area offers more spectacular scenery 3 miles east of Reedsport. Hiking, camping, beachcombing and whale watching are popular activities near town.
Visitor InfoReedsport-Winchester Bay Chamber of Commerce 2741 Frontage Rd. REEDSPORT, OR 97467. Phone:(541)271-3495
Things to SeeUmpqua Discovery Center