Located near Winchester Bay at the south edge of Oregon Sand Dunes National Recreation Area, Lake Marie is the ideal combination of adventure and leisure making it perfect for an all-day exciting summer outing. A part of Umpqua Lighthouse State Park, the tranquil coastal lake sits near the campground and the historic Umpqua River Lighthouse.
This is a small serene freshwater lake, surrounded by evergreen pines, large Sitka spruce, western hemlock. It has a small sandy beach making this spot excellent for swimming and relaxing. The lake is open not only for swimming and fishing but also for non-motorized boating such as canoeing and kayaking.
The trails, picnic areas at the Lake Marie were constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s. Twenty years later, an overnight camping area was built.Furthermore, entirely surrounded by shore pines and firs, a 1-mile scenic loop-trail is meandering around the lake. Anyone desiring to take in the breathtaking view can make a short stop as the multiple tables and benches are placed along the trail. The main route runs around the lake. There are other trails connecting the lake trail with the day-use facilities and campground.
Finally, for those desiring to stay overnight, the Umpqua Lighthouse State Park features a campground, log cabins, rustic and deluxe yurts, and fire pits.
Lake Marie is stocked with rainbow trout three times a year. Also, warm water species are available including largemouth bass and yellow perch.
Umpqua River Lighthouse
The Umpqua River Lighthouse and museum are coastal attractions located 0.3 miles away from the lake. Built in 1894 to indicate the safe entrance to Umpqua River, now the lighthouse offering a way to learn local history.
Lake Marie | General Description
Open: Year-round from sunrise to sunset
Managed: Oregon State Park
Location: Umpqua Lighthouse State Park
Services: Flush toilets, drinking water, garbage service, boat ramp, picnic sites
Activities: Swimming, hiking, biking, fishing, boating
Accommodations: RV and tent campground, log cabins, yurts
Distance from the parking: Short
Road access: Any passenger vehicle
Day-use fees: None
Dogs: Must be on a leash
Popularity: Moderate to high
Elevation: 27 ft (89 m)
Lake Marie is located:
- 28 miles south of Florence
- 77 miles northwest of Roseburg
- 94 miles southwest of Eugene.
Directions to Lake Marie
- Follow US-101 Pacific Coast Scenic Byway for 27 miles to Lighthouse Road
- Turn right onto Lighthouse Road and continue 0.7 miles to the destination on the left.
Oregon State Park