From Coos Bay, head south on US 101. At the “Y” 5.5 miles south, take the left fork following signs to Highway 42 and Coquille. Continue on Highway 42 to Coquille approximately 16 miles from Coos Bay. From stoplight on Highway 42 and N. Central Street in Coquille, go east on Highway 42 about 2.7 miles and turn west on Johnson Mill Road. Turn right here and continue to parking area. The trail starts to the right of the restrooms along the edge of the pond.
Setting and Attractions:
This former log pond was part of a large sawmill operation. Created as a log pond in 1951 by Coos Bay Lumber, then purchased by Georgia Pacific in 1956 who then discontinued bringing logs in 1980. In 1992 Georgia Pacific sold it to Coos County who in turn sold it to the Port of Bandon which pledged to preserve public access. Citizens raised $3,000 towards the purchase price and it’s only by their participation that the facilities (i.e. boat ramp, picnic areas, restroom, trail, interpretive panel) are there today.
The trail begins to the right of the boat ramp and restroom facilities. It then continues along the edge of the pond past the Robert Pierce Picnic Grove. This is a great spot to sit and view the variety of waterfowl and wildlife on the pond. Past the picnic grove, the trail winds along the pond surrounded by ranch lands. The area is surprisingly peaceful and quiet being so close to a busy highway. Waterproof shoes are recommended as the trail gets quite wet and muddy in places.
For more information, trail conditions and maps contact: Port of Bandon at (541)346-3206 or visit their web site at www.portofbandon.com