Loon Lake Waterfall

 

Length: 0.5 mile (one way) 

Difficulty: Easy 

Surface: Dirt

Access:  

From Reedsport, go east on Highway 38, following the Umqpua river.  Go past the Dean Creek Elk Viewing Area and the Umpqua Wayside and approximately 13 miles from Reedsport, turn right (south), following signs to the Loon Lake Recreation Area located 7 miles up the road.  The trail is located past the beach/picnic area on the paved walkway leading up the hill from the restroom located at the far right side of the lake.

Setting and Attractions: 

A beautiful waterfall nestled in a Douglas-fir forest.  Loon Lake was created by a major landslide about 1400 years ago when the mountain to the west crumbled, slid downhill.  Interpretive programs and nature walks are given throughout the summer months.

Trail description:  

A short trail leading from the beach/picnic area through a forest of Douglas-fir to a picturesque waterfall surrounded by lush vegetation.  There’s a nice wooden bench with a great view of the falls near the end of the trail.  Watch out for poison oak!

For more information, trail conditions and maps contact: Coos Bay District BLM at (541)756-0100 or visit their web site at www.or.blm.gov/coosbay/index.htm