A few miles North of Pacific City and Cape Kiwanda is the Sand Lake Recreation Area.
It covers 1,076 acres of open sand dunes, surrounded by forests and along side the Pacific Ocean.
The Sand Lake Recreation Area offers a variety of recreational opportunities.
One of the most popular activities in the Sand Lake Recreation Area is Off Highway Vehicle (OHV) riding in
the many miles of sand dunes. People come from all over the Northwest to explore and ride the dunes. There are
also year round campgrounds and a day use area.
For all the details concerning OHV use in the Sand Lake Recreation Area, check with US Forest Service Sandlake OHV.
If you would like to rent a off road vehicle, rentals are available from Sandlake Tsunami ATV Rental.
Please note that riders under 16 years of age and their adult supervisors are required to take the free
Also, to operate a vehicle in Sandlake, Oregon you must have an ATV
permit which costs $10.00. You can pick up a permit at the following OHV Permit locations
in and around Pacific City.
The nearby Sand Lake Estuary is a great place for swimming, fishing, crabbing, kayaking, hiking and wildlife
viewing. This 900 acre estuary is home to many species of water fowl and access is available at
Fisherman’s Day Use area near the Sandbeach OHV Campground.