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On The Water

From the rush of surfing the Pacific to the peace of stand-up paddleboarding in Siletz Bay, aquatic adventure awaits you in Lincoln City.

Surf’s Up

Home to a 30- to 40-foot Nelscott swell that occurs once a year, as well as choice surf through the year, Lincoln City is a magnet for surfing enthusiasts the world over. The surge of the Pacific as waves rise up to the height of a three-story building and begin to curl as you rush through the grey-blue half pipe, listening to the powerful roar of the ocean. Surfing in Lincoln City is pure adventure. The Pacific can be very chilly and wet suits are encouraged, as well as mindfulness for individual safety while out on the waves. Always check wave conditions before paddling out. If you are new to surfing, our local surf shops provide lessons and gear for adventurous souls.

Recommended time: Anytime the surf is up. For more information, visit our Surfing page.

Devils Lake

With its calm, green waters and shelter from coastal winds, Devils Lake provides some of the most excellent paddleboarding, kayaking and pontoon boat experiences in Lincoln City. Launch from Hostetler Park, dip your paddle in and breathe in the scenery, wildlife and the Pacific Northwest serenity.

Recommended time: 2-4 hours. For more information, visit our Devils Lake page.

Siletz Bay

One of the best places to catch a Lincoln City sunset, Siletz Bay is perfect for crabbing, clamming, enjoying a beach bonfire or listening to the sound of the Harbor Seals cry across the Bay on the Salishan spit. The adventure of Siletz Bay beckons; with calm waters protected by a large sandbar, paddle or kayak your way by the Four Brothers rocks in the bay or take in the natural coastal beauty and variety of wildlife along the beach. Launch from anywhere along the beach and enjoy the journey.

Recommended time: 2-4 hours. For more information, visit our Siletz Bay page.

Rivers & Streams

Three miles north of Lincoln City rests the gorgeous waterway maze of the Salmon River Estuary. Head west from Highway 101 on to Three Rocks Road until you arrive at Knight Park. Launch your kayak, canoe or stand-up paddleboard into the Salmon River, either north into the Estuary or south to the river’s mouth and the Pacific. Downstream lays a stretch of secluded beach, accessible only by boat.

Upstream of the Siletz River are two perfect kayak and stand-up paddleboard launch spots—Strome Park and the Coyote Rock RV Park & Marina. Be mindful of the tides and river depth—during low tide, the waters can get shallow.

Accessible from Siletz Bay, this is an easygoing, in-and-out kayak and stand-up paddleboard adventure—launch from the bay and paddle your way upstream.

Equipment, Gear & Lessons

Looking to paddle catch a wave but missing the board or lacking a kayak? There are plenty of spots in Lincoln City to rent one for your next adventure.

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Beach & Water Explore Lincoln City’s soft, sandy beaches, go kayaking in Devils Lake or clamming in Siletz Bay—the water is where your adventure begins.

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aerial view of clouds floating over Devils Lake in Lincoln City, Oregon

Devils Lake Devils Lake is 685 acres of serene water on the east side of Lincoln City, connected to the Pacific by the “World’s Shortest River.”

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Boating Whether you’re on Devils Lake or the ocean, in Siletz Bay or headed up the river, set sail for adventure in Lincoln City.

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