Floras Lake

Floras Lake is a coastal dune lake separated from the Pacific Ocean by a single foredune and beach.  It features Boice Cope Park, with parking and a small campground.  Frequent strong winds make it popular with wind-surfers and kite-boarders; the campground and a small community of homes on the lake seem catered to this demographic.  Floras Lake is near Langlois, south of Bandon and north of Port Orford, in Curry County near the Coos County line.  The Floras Lake Loop road meets US 101 near mileposts 289 and 290.

From the parking lot, there is a trail that splits into a half-mile shortcut to the beach, and a mile-long trail along the lake's north shore and through a notch in the foredune onto the beach between lake and ocean.

Floras Lake is located at the base of a narrow ~10-mile sand spit separating the New River from the ocean.  The New River accepts the outflow from the lake and turns north to parallel the beach behind the foredune.  Beach freaks can walk about ten miles north on the spit, ford the mouth of the New River (near low tide only), and continue another ~2 miles to the China Creek wayside beach access on Beach Loop Road south of Bandon.

From the lake, the beach extends a mile or so to the south, before the rise of the rugged cliffs leading to Blacklock Point and Cape Blanco.  William L. Sullivan writes in 100 Hikes/Travel Guide: Oregon Coast & Coast Range that there is a longer hike to Blacklock Point from Floras Lake.  I want to do that soon.  There is a chunk of coastal shore pine rain forest south and west of Floras Lake set aside as the Floras Lake State Natural Area.

The long view to the north encompasses the lowland dune country leading to Bandon, and beyond that, the cliffs of Cape Arago.  The long view to the south is of the cliffs of Blacklock Point and Cape Blanco, which is the westernmost mainland point in Oregon.

Begun 2018; updated 2021.