China Creek (Bandon)

Without looking at a map, I can think of at least three "China Creeks" on the Oregon coast.  This one features a beach access wayside, part of the Bandon State Natural Area along Beach Loop Road in Bandon in southern Coos County, Oregon.  (Map)  It offers paved parking, a porta-potty, and a sandy trail with creek crossing to a picturesque beach.  It's been given number  155  in Oregon's system of beach access points.

The beach and near-shore waters here are less studded with rock formations and sea stacks than those a mile north at Devil's Kitchen.  It's still a lovely stretch of sand for sight-seeing.  The beach is walkable, though crossed with ankle-deep creeks, from Bandon South Jetty Park about four miles to the north.  To the south are more creeks, and about two miles south is the mouth of the New River.  It can be forded, at low tide in the summer, but it's a turn-around point for most beach hikers.  There is a ~10-mile long sand spit separating the New River from the Pacific Ocean; at its end lies Floras Lake and beyond that Blacklock Point.

Note that during nesting season for the endangered snowy plover (mid-March to mid-September), dogs are prohibited on the beach to the south of China Creek, and the mouth of China Creek is just to the north of the beach access, so for a long beach walk with a dog you'll need to ford the creek or drive to Devils Kitchen instead.

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