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Tenmile Lake is a large, recreational lake near the city of Lakeside in Coos County, Oregon. Tenmile Lake is actually two lakes, North Tenmile Lake and (South) Tenmile Lake, which are connected by a short canal. The lakes were formed by sand dunes during glacial activity which created an impoundment on Tenmile Creek. Today, the two lakes combined offer 1,958 acres of pristine water for a wide range of outdoor activities. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife stocks Tenmile Lake several times a year with hatchery-bred trout to ensure great fishing on the lake. Ocean fishing is only a few miles away in Winchester Bay where you can launch your own boat at a public ramp or rent or charter a boat from local marinas.
Much of Tenmile Lake's shoreline is developed with residential homes. A day use area located on southern Tenmile Lake provides boat ramps, docks, a fishing pier, and a fish cleaning station for those visiting the lake. It is also a great place for family fun with gazebos, picnic areas, playing fields, and ample parking. One of the main attractions of the clear, blue water is its fish. For many years Tenmile Lake has been deemed one of the best bass fishing lakes in the state. Local and regional bass clubs have been holding tournaments on the lakes for years. Salmon, steelhead, rainbow trout, bullhead, perch, crappie, and bluegill can also be found in the lake. Tenmile Creek, which flows out through the southern Tenmile Lake to the Pacific Ocean, is perfect for salmon, steelhead, sea-run cut throat, and Chinook. The Chinook begin running up stream from the ocean in September and continue through November, followed by steelhead. In the spring, the creeks fill up again as the fish make their return trip to the sea. In addition to fishing, Tenmile Lake offers crystal clear water for boating, swimming, sailing, waterskiing, and paddling.
Accommodations on Tenmile Lake can be found in the form of a few lodges and private vacation rentals. The town of Lakeside, which sits on the northern arm of Tenmile Lake, has hotels and additional vacation rental homes. For campers, there are several RV parks in the area with all the amenities. Tent camping and wooded, spacious campgrounds can be found within a short drive of the lake in state parks and private campgrounds, some with ocean views.
For the outdoor enthusiast, there are mile after mile of hiking trials, cycling paths, sand dunes and state land to explore. The Umpqua Lighthouse State Park is just south of Tenmile Lake and is centered on a stretch of towering sand dunes protected by the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area. Many of the wind-sculpted dunes reach heights of 500 feet or more. The Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area extends for 40 miles along the Oregon coast. Formed by the forces of wind, water and time, these dunes are like no others in the world. The dunes are the largest expanse of coastal sand dunes in North America, and they hold numerous opportunities for adventure. The Recreation Area offers unlimited opportunities for off-highway vehicle use, hiking, photography, fishing, canoeing, horseback riding and camping. The Umpqua River Lighthouse sits at the entrance to Winchester Bay. The 65-foot tower and adjacent museum are operated and maintained by the Douglas County Parks Department.
Tenmile Lake offers a myriad of activities for lake lovers and ocean lovers alike. Fish for trophy-size bass, climb sand dunes for a scenic view of the ocean, or relax in the peace and solitude of your campground near the water. A vacation on Tenmile Lake can be as varied as the area itself with activities that are sure to please everyone.
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