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D River State Recreation Site, Lincoln City

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D River State Recreation Site is a state park in the U.S. state of Oregon, administered by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. It is a sandy beach of the Pacific Ocean within central Lincoln City along the length of the 120ft long D River, one of the world's shortest rivers.The site provides public access to Wecoma Beach, part of Lincoln City's 7.5mi of beach. There is parking and day use facilities, and no fees. The site has access to river and ocean fishing.Two of the world's largest kite flying festivals are held here, one in the spring and one in the fall, as well as a summer kite festival which features several professional kite fliers. It was named by Kitelines Magazine as one of the best places in the world to fly a kite. The area also has two year-round 10km Volkssport walking courses.D River State Recreation Site is considered among the ten best places along the Oregon coast for whale watching. Whale watching guide volunteers are present one week in January and one in March to help visitors see and understand the whale migration.The area of ocean where the D River enters the sea creates consistent year-round surfing conditions suitable for intermediate skills.Like many Oregon coast locations, flocks of seagulls are frequently present in winter. The most common species are western gull, glaucous-winged gull, and California gull. Occasionally Thayer's gull and American herring gull are observed here.
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  • The parking area and restrooms are clean and tidy, just as Oregon keeps their rest stops. The beach however is a little to be desired . Its pretty smelly and the shoreline is really full of rocks, dea...  more »
  • Great low-beach access (something rather rare on the Oregon coast) but while the parking lot is large, it gets full fast on weekends and when the weather is hot inland. Long broad beach for walking, k...  more »
  • This is a beautiful, easily accessible beach. Low winds are good for children to fly kites. Strong winds are good for more practiced kite-flyers. (There's a great kite shop across the road, and we fou...  more »
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  • Absolutely love the D'river area. I grew up coming here and it's perfect. The beach is great, and rarely super crowded. The ocean is great for surfing and boogie boarding. The D river is warmer and slower, which makes it great for little kids. Always a good time. Plus, the weather is often perfect for kites!
  • The D river is the shortest river in the world, and from here you can see both its headwaters and its mouth. The seagulls here are NOT afraid of people or cars, and they may very well land on top of your vehicle! The view of the ocean here is hard to beat on a clear day, and the walk to the waves is not very far at all!
  • It's always easy beach access. Great for seniors and young children. And a great place to fly kites.
  • There's plenty to do here. Lots of places to sit on the beach. Lots of things to explore and search for: think glass floats and agates! Fantastic kite flying beach! Well maintained restrooms and clean site with locals and visitors keeping the trash picked up.
  • Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous. One of the best spots in Lincoln City, you can walk for miles on the beach both ways and find so many new things.

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