Umpqua Sand Dunes and Coastline Reedsport Oregon

Honeyman State Park

I expected a rocky coastline in Oregon; instead what we have here at Honeyman State Park are huge sand dunes, many that have been covered with fir trees. We are camping in a huge campground with over 400 spaces carved deep in the forest.

I can’t explain the sand dunes except to note that several rivers drain the mountains and sand is transported down the river into the ocean. The ocean picks up the sand and during storms, the sand is deposited on the beach. Then the wind takes over moving the sand eastward and over thousands of years, the sand creates dunes.  Anyway, that is my guess. Other sand dunes are created by the wind picking up the fine particles over dryer locations, like in Colorado, but in this case, the river drainage and ocean currents contribute to dune building.

The dunes are really used as a huge sandbox. Vehicles of all types are running all over the dunes, exploring and getting stuck. The preferred vehicle is a sand rail, but quads or other vehicles of this type are most popular. Jeeps are not used nearly as much because even though they if equipped with four-wheel drive and good tires are much heavier than other sand toys.

Here is a link to the google map for Honeyman State Park.

Link to our 2018 Route.

Link to our route Boise to Coos Bay

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8 thoughts on “Honeyman State Park”

  1. It’s clear skies! Yes, the Oregon coastline, and I know the Washington coastline, has pine tree forests right up to the ocean.

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