Winchester Bay

“A Vacationer’s Paradise and Home of Dune Fest!”

Art by the Bay will be held Labor Day Weekend in Winchester Bay. The Friday and Saturday event runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Beach Boulevard and Philip Boe Park.

Winchester Bay is an unincorporated community with undisturbed beaches, abundant wildlife, lake and ocean fishing, Lake Marie, nearby hiking trails, many campgrounds, 3 beach parking areas, and vast stretches of off-road riding. Winchester Bay is a Vacationer’s Paradise. It has Some of the best dunes for riding on the coast – a terrific place for the off-road riding fun for ATVers. Winchester also has an inviting village full of shops and restaurants, offering tasty treats from the sea and unique gifts.

Location, Location, Location…

With recreational vehicle use on the nearby sand dunes, tours of the Umpqua River Lighthouse, and crabbing in the bay as the primary attractions, Winchester Bay, formerly referred to as Whistling Basin by the small Native American population, has seen a marked increase in tourism despite being a sparsely populated outpost. The merchant association has dubbed the community as the “”Crab Capital of the World.”” The largest annual activity is the annual Dune Fest, usually a five-day event.

All That…and a Lighthouse…and Great Camping Too!

Umpqua Lighthouse State Park is located less than a mile from the famous Salmon Harbor on Winchester Bay. The campground and developed day use areas are centered around beautiful Lake Marie. Access to this small freshwater lake is provided for angling and non-motorized boating. There is also a small sandy beach set aside for swimming or just relaxing.

Complete Marina Facilities…

550 moorage slips are available in Salmon Harbor for short-term or long-term occupancy, at competitive rates. Both wood and concrete docks, with shore power and domestic water, are available.

Dining and Accommodations…

Being a small “”unincorporated community”” Winchester Bay has been overlooked by the big fast food chains. There are 8 independently owned restaurants (7 of them specialize in seafood it should be noted). There are also 3 lodging establishments (none of them are big chains) and an abundance of nice places to camp out or park your RV.



  • Winchester Bay Lodging Recommendations

    Winchester Bay, Oregon Lodging Recommendations:

    Harbor View Motel
    Harbor View Motel

    540 Beach Blvd.
    Winchester Bay, OR 97467

    Harbor View Motel is located right on the harbor in Winchester Bay, Oregon.  Winchester Bay is home to miles of undisturbed beaches, abundant wildlife, lake and ocean fishing, nearby hiking trails, and vast stretches of off-road riding fun. Our dunes offer some of the best riding on the coast.

    Salmon Harbor Landing
    Salmon Harbor Landing

    Clean, comfortable and relaxing rooms decorated in themes. Perfect for a weekend getaway, and close to the harbor for a relaxing and enjoyable walk. It’s luxury you can afford. If you’re ready for some outdoor adventure, Salmon Harbor Landing is close by. Fishing, boating, crabbing, hiking, whale watching, elk viewing, and sand dune cruising are all available in the Winchester Bay area.

    Winchester Bay Vacation Rentals
    Winchester Bay Vacation Rentals

    Vacation in your own private, fully furnished, apartment just steps from the docks in Salmon Harbor and blocks from the beach in Oregon Coast’s best kept secret…Winchester Bay. Quality rentals just steps to the Bay. A Beach House that can sleep up to eight guests or a vacation apartments that are perfect for just a couple guests. You’ll find this tiny coastal town quite charming with a real feel of seaports of old.


  • Winchester Bay Dining Recommendations

    Winchester Bay, Oregon Dining Recommendations:


    World’s Famous Clam Chowder along with the best pizza in town, the Super Half Pounder, the best Fish & Chips in Winchester Bay, and a Breakfast Menu that fits every budget. Pleasing the customer is priority number one – with quality food, great service, and good prices! No need to dress fancy, come as you are.

    Fishpatrick's Crabby Cafe
    Fishpatrick’s Crabby Cafe

    Steeped in old Oregon coast traditions with quirky rustic chainsaw creations along with a fun and family-friendly atmosphere. Dining at Fishpatrick’s Crabby Cafe is more than a great meal, it’s a great Oregon coast experience you’ll be talking about for years to come. Open 5 days a week (closed on Mondays and Tuesdays).


  • Winchester Bay Shopping Recommendations

    Winchester Bay, Oregon Shopping Recommendations:

    Sportsmen's Cannery & Smokehouse
    Sportsmen’s Cannery & Smokehouse

    182 Bayfront Loop
    Winchester Bay, OR 97467

    Preparing catches from the sea for more than 50 years. This experience has brought about absolute perfection in delivering the freshest and most flavorful packaged seafood available anywhere. When you order our seafood, you can be confident that you will receive the very best in packaged seafood. If you are seeking fresh caught seafood, we offer an array of products, shipped overnight anywhere in the United States. 



  • Winchester Bay Playing Recommendations

    Winchester Bay, Oregon Playing Recommendations:


    678 Salmon Harbor Drive
    Winchester Bay, OR 97467

    Nothing gets around the dunes as good as a real dune buggy!  Long, Low and wide to let you navigate steep sand dunes with confidence and safety. We are here to make you happy because we love what we do and you will too!