The Lakes Behind the Dunes

OR: South Coast Region, Douglas County, Pacific Coast, The Lakes Behind the Dunes, Tahkinitch Lake, The upper reaches of this remote lake penetrate into wild lands, with a gravel road running along one bank [Ask for #276.A90.]
Tahkinitch Lake. The upper reaches of this remote lake penetrate into wild lands, with a gravel road running along one bank. [Ask for #276.A90.]

The 55 mile long dune field known as Oregon Dunes blocks the mouths of all but the biggest rivers. Behind the blockage, lakes form — huge freshwater lakes, crystalline and full of fish. Some are lined with vacation cottages; others are nearly virgin. Here are four, from north to south: Siltcoos, Tahkenich, Eel, and Tenmile.

 
OR: South Coast Region, Douglas County, Pacific Coast, The Lakes Behind the Dunes, Tahkinitch Lake, View over Lake Tahkinitch towards boat houses [Ask for #279.164.]
View over Lake Tahkinitch towards floating houses. [Ask for #279.164.]
OR: South Coast Region, Douglas County, Pacific Coast, The Lakes Behind the Dunes, Tahkinitch Lake, View over Lake Tahkinitch towards boat houses [Ask for #279.165.]
A floating house on Tahkinitch Lake. [Ask for #279.165.]
OR: South Coast Region, Douglas County, Pacific Coast, The Lakes Behind the Dunes, Tahkinitch Lake, View over Lake Tahkinitch towards boat houses [Ask for #279.167.]
A floating house on Tahkinitch Lake. [Ask for #279.167.]
OR: South Coast Region, Douglas County, Pacific Coast, The Lakes Behind the Dunes, Tahkinitch Lake, View over Lake Tahkinitch towards boat houses [Ask for #279.168.]
A floating house on Tahkinitch Lake. [Ask for #279.168.]
OR: South Coast Region, Douglas County, Pacific Coast, The Lakes Behind the Dunes, Siltcoos Lake, A one lane paved road cuts through the rock bluffs along the shore of Siltcoos Lake [Ask for #276.B02.]


This single-lane county road furnishes the only access to the east bank of Siltcoos Lake, north of Florence.
OR: South Coast Region, Douglas County, Pacific Coast, The Lakes, Siltcoos Lake, A one lane paved road cuts through the rock bluffs along the shore of Siltcoos Lake; a kayak and small boats are tied up alongside it. [Ask for #276.B05.]


Small boats moored on Siltcoos Lake.
OR: South Coast Region, Douglas County, Pacific Coast, The Lakes Behind the Dunes, Siltcoos Lake, A one lane paved road cuts through the rock bluffs along the shore of Siltcoos Lake; a kayak and small boats are tied up alongside it. [Ask for #276.B06.]
Another view of Siltcoos Lake's eastern shore. [Ask for #276.B06.]
OR: South Coast Region, Lane County, Pacific Coast, The Lakes Behind the Dunes, Siltcoos Lake, The Coos Bay Rail Link crosses the lake on a long trestle; small boat ramp [Ask for #276.B08.]


The Coos Bay Rail Link crosses Siltcoos Lake on this long trestle.
OR: South Coast Region, Douglas County, Pacific Coast, The Lakes Behind the Dunes, Tahkinitch Lake, View over the lake, impounded by the drifting dune sand, with morning fog. A railroad trestle, part of the Coos Bay Rail Link, crosses it. [Ask for #276.453.]
The Coos Bay Rail Link crosses Tahkinich Lake. [Ask for #276.453.]
OR: South Coast Region, Douglas County, Pacific Coast, The Lakes Behind the Dunes, Tahkinitch Lake, The upper reaches of this remote lake penetrate into wild lands [Ask for #276.A88.]
The upper reaches of Tahkinitch Lake. [Ask for #276.A88.]
OR: South Coast Region, Douglas County, Pacific Coast, The Lakes Behind the Dunes, Tahkinitch Lake, A county road runs along the lake in a remote forest [Ask for #276.A87.]
The upper stretches of Lake Tahkenich are covered with floating vegetation. A gravel county road hugs its shore; it carried the precursor of US 101, called the Roosevelt Highway. [Ask for #276.A87.]
OR: South Coast Region, Douglas County, Pacific Coast, The Lakes Behind the Dunes, Tahkinitch Lake, View from the shore of this remote lake surrounded by wild lands [Ask for #276.A98.]
Tahkinitch Lake. View from the shore of this remote lake surrounded by wild lands. [Ask for #276.A98.]
OR: South Coast Region, Douglas County, Pacific Coast, The Lakes Behind the Dunes, Tahkinitch Lake, View over the lake, impounded by the drifting dune sand, with morning fog. A long railroad trestle, part of the Coos Bay Rail Link, crosses the lake. [Ask for #276.450.]
Whisps of morning fog hang on Lake Tahkenich. A long railroad trestle, part of the Coos Bay Rail Link, crosses the lake. [Ask for #276.450.]
OR: South Coast Region, Coos County, Northern Coastal Area, The Lakes Behind the Dunes, Eel Lake, William M Tugman State Park, Fishing pier on this natural dune-impounded lake [Ask for #274.A04.]
Eel Lake, at William M. Tugman State Park. [Ask for #274.A04.]
OR: South Coast Region, Coos County, Northern Coastal Area, The Lakes Behind the Dunes, Eel Lake, William M Tugman State Park, View over Eel Lake from the park's picnic area [Ask for #274.A13.]
Eel Lake, from the picnic area at William M Tugman State Park. [Ask for #274.A13.]
OR: South Coast Region, Coos County, Northern Coastal Area, The Lakes Behind the Dunes, Eel Lake, William M Tugman State Park, Geese on this natural dune-impounded lake [Ask for #274.A09.]
Geese on Eel Lake, at William M Tugman State Park. [Ask for #274.A09.]
OR: South Coast Region, Coos County, Northern Coastal Area, The Lakes Behind the Dunes, Eel Lake, William M Tugman State Park, This fish trap on the lake's outflow is used for steelhead trout conservation and breeding, and doubles as a fish ladder. [Ask for #274.A12.]
Eel Lake at William M Tugman State Park, This fish trap on the lake's outflow is used for steelhead trout conservation and breeding, and doubles as a fish ladder. [Ask for #274.A12.]
OR: South Coast Region, Coos County, Northern Coastal Area, The Lakes Behind the Dunes, Tenmile Lake, South Lakeshore, Templeton Community, Vacation homes viewed across water meadows at the southern end of the lake [Ask for #274.454.]
Vacation homes on Tenmile Lake. [Ask for #274.454.]
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