Empire Lakes (John Topits Park)

Length: 4 miles (paved) 1.5 miles (dirt)

Difficulty: Easy

Surface: Paved, dirt


There are five access points to John Topits Park, home to the Empire Lakes trail system. The park can be accessed on Lakeshore Drive by Stillwater Drive.  The Middle Empire Lake access is located on Hull Street off Newmark Avenue.   The Lower Empire Lake access is located on Morrison between Taylor and Harris as well as at the south end of Crocker.  Upper Empire Lake (east) also borders Southwestern Oregon Community College (SWOCC).  The college has constructed a trail system that connects to the park and is available to the public.

Setting and Attractions: 

The Empire Lakes are home to a variety of fish (bass, bluegill, perch, and catfish), waterfowl and birds.  Lower Empire Lake also includes a beach combined with a boat ramp for those who wish to fish or just enjoy paddling around these tranquil lakes.  A playground is located near the Hull street entrance to the park.

Trail Description: 

The trail system is located in John Topits Park centered on the natural beauty of two lakes and stabilized dunes. Along the trails are many viewing areas of the lakes with benches to sit and watch for wildlife. Trails are paved and wheelchair accessible.  Several gravel and dirt trails go off from the main paved trails around the park. 

For more information, trail conditions and maps contact: The City of Coos Bay at (541)269-8918 or visit their web site at www.coosbay.org

For a map of the trails click John Topits Park
This map is in Adobe Acrobat PDF format.