First fishing, backpacking trip in Oregon

9:04 p.m. on April 21, 2011 (EDT)
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Got a fishing license this year. I've had the pole for 2 years now. I'm finaly heading out to the trail!

After a hike of a mile I get to the trailhead.


This is a second growth forest. The stumps from the first cut are twice the dia as thes trees. If I would to guess thes trees are around 100 y/o


There is a small pond, swamp area. Woops! This swamp is a lake! Around half a mile long. I was going to check out the old homestead down there, but its under water.

The trail ended about 50 yards short of the lake. Or should I say the lake ended the trail 50 yards short. I was going to hike another 2 miles on the left side of the lake. Change of plans. I go back to a Y in the trail and head up the ridge. The trail changes from dirt to sand. The climb gets hard.


I get to the top of the ridge, and set up camp. This is my view from the tent. I've got dune on one side forest on the other. Tomorrow I will walk the dunes to find another way into the lake.


Sand makes for hard hiking.


I think this is the run off from the lake. This creek isnt suppose to be here.



There is alot of water in the dunes area. All the above should be sand. It's been a wet year.
After climbing the ridge on the dune side 5-6 times I gave up finding a way to the lake. Back to the base camp.

6 hrs of hiking. My camp is up there.


This is Veetee's Pea and potato curry. 10.5 oz pack. But worth every oz

A random picture from the trip

Sunset from the second night

In the morning there was a fishing boat heading toward Florance
 Inner tent down... begining to pack up for the hike back to the car.

This is as close to the water that my pole got. I'll get there in time as I have found many trails to lakes around here. And who knows I might even catch a fish or two.

Over all it was a very good trip. Very quiet, read a book, and pretty good but cool weather. After a month looking at four walls, I needed this time out.

6:07 p.m. on April 22, 2011 (EDT)
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Very nice!

That's cool because I have been camping in a similar area.

I have to take my wife out to eat now, but I want to ask you some questions about the area later.

2:14 p.m. on April 24, 2011 (EDT)
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Can you tell me the area you were in, or the name of the lake where you were at?

What are the temps like this time of year?

I loved the photos, especially the one of the sunset!

3:20 p.m. on April 24, 2011 (EDT)
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This is the Oregon Dunes, between Coos Bay and Florance right on 101. I was going to start at Three Mile Lake and make my way to Butterfly Lake. To tell you the truth, most say there isnt much for fish in those lakes sept Perch. But 2 small ones would make a fine meal backpacking.

We are around 10 degrees below norm right now,. Should be mid 60s, but we are lucky to reach the high 50s this year. I have never seen so much water in the Dunes before.

3:58 p.m. on April 24, 2011 (EDT)
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Thanks for the info,  I just wanted to look at a map of the area and read about it some.

I have been doing weekend trips at a local lake in the coastal plain here in SC.

2 perch would make a good meal, you're right.

Here is a photo of one of the places I've been camping.

Sand, trees, & water.


8:37 a.m. on April 25, 2011 (EDT)
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What a beatiful area...Thanks for sharing!


4:33 a.m. on April 29, 2011 (EDT)
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TH is that Moultrie or Marion?

8:36 p.m. on April 30, 2011 (EDT)
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TH is that Moultrie or Marion?

GeezerBob, It is lake Moultrie close to the hatchery area off of hwy 6. I was actually out there today hiking the dike and the big boulders used to build the dike. The only big rocks I can find around here, haha.

I read your profile, good to have you on Trailspace!

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