Located a few miles south of Florence, the 820-acre Woahink Lake is the largest of the three coastal freshwater lakes within the boundary of Jessie M. Honeyman Memorial State Park. One of the deepest in Oregon, over 74 feet (23 meters), Woahink Lake is a cryptodepression lake, extending 36 feet (11 meters) below sea level.
Like Cleawox Lake, Woahink Lake was formed during the Pleistocene Epoch in the ancient delta of Siltcoos River. Because of melting glaciers, sea level rose and coastal streams became sluggish. Slow-moving streams weren't strong enough to overcome, impounded water, sedimentary rocks. During the extended period of time, the sediments were abraded into the sand which, in turn, formed dunes.
About 85 percent of the Woahink Lake shoreline is privately owned and only northwestern side of the lake is within Jessie C. Honeyman Memorial State Park. If you travel from Florence, turn left (east) from Highway 101 onto Canary Road, cross the bridge and near the bridge on the right, you will find a boat ramp. This spot is a favorite for scuba divers.
About 300 feet further eastward there is West Woahink group reservable recreation meeting hall.
Go another 0.2 miles and turn right to the free East Woahink Lake Day-Use Area. This site features a large parking area, large open grassy space with picnic tables, boat ramp, and a nice roped off swimming area on the left of the boat ramp. Isolated from the boat ramp, the shallow and warm spot with sandy bottom is excellent for small children.
There are ample opportunities for anglers. The lake is home to many species including rainbow trout, cutthroat trout, large and smallmouth bass, yellow perch, and crappie.
Overnight camping is available in one of the largest state park campgrounds that offer over 350 campsites and 10 yurts (some of them are accessible and pet-friendly).
Access allowed: All year-round
Walking distance: Short
Day-use fees: None
Dogs: Must be on a leash
Accommodations: RV and tent campgrounds, yurts
Operated: Oregon State Park
GPS coordinates: 43.9277, -124.098
Elevation: 43 ft (13 m)
Woahink Lake is located:
- 3.8 miles south of Florence
- 64 miles west of Eugene
- 130 miles southwest of Salem
- 175 miles southwest of Portland.
Body of water: Natural lake
Water quality: Transparent
Depth: Deep and shallow
Water T° (summer): Warm
Boating and kayaking
Directions to Woahink Lake
- From Florence, drive 3.8 miles south to the Honeyman State Park turnoff, between milepost 193 and 194
- Turn left onto Canary Road and continue to the West Woahink Lake or East Woahink Lake Day-Use Areas on the right.