Crissey Field State Recreation Site

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Crissey Field State Recreation Site

Oregon

(800) 551-6949

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Overview

The final touches are in place on a building at Crissey Field State Recreation Site that will become Oregon's newest welcome center. The 40-acre park and 15 acres of ocean shore, five miles south of Brookings, is bounded by U.S. 101, the California border, the Winchuck River and the Pacific Ocean. The park opened in early December. The welcome center will house a reception area, public restrooms, exhibits, coffee bar, office space and break room. The building plan includes space for the U.S. Forest Service and the Oregon Travel Information Council. The parking area accommodates 49 cars and 14 RVs. This rustic park offers a place of solitude that invites introspection and wildlife viewing. Stroll along the edge of the Winchuck River estuary until it joins the Pacific Ocean. Birds abound. Harbor seals and California sea lions surf and feed in this rich mix of fresh and salt water. Follow the trail through ancient driftwood logs into a fragile dune system filled with unique native plant species, miniature wetlands, and old-growth Sitka spruce trees. In earlier times, this river marked the most northern territory and fishing village of the Tolowa Indian tribe. Crissey Field provides the first available beach access north of the California-Oregon border. The park is named for W.L. (Bill) Crissey, a pre-World War II Harbor lily bulb grower.

Map of Crissey Field State Rec. Site (OR)

Latitude, Longitude: 42.004587, -124.210162

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Activities

  • Boating

    Launch a boat to get up close and personal with wildlife. Birds abound. Harbor seals and California sea lions surf and feed in this rich mix of fresh and salt water.

  • Fishing

    In earlier times, this river marked the most northern territory and fishing village of the Tolowa Indian tribe. Bring your pole and fish in the Winchuck River.

  • Hiking

    Stroll along the edge of the Winchuck River estuary until it joins the Pacific Ocean. From the parking lot, visitors can walk on a nature trail that passes by a wetland. The wetland was created to replace a natural area disturbed by the entrance road construction. A future trail will lead from the welcome center to the beach. Views from the beach can extend as far north as Cape Sebastian and as far south as Point St. George in California. The 362-mile Oregon Coast Trail that begins at Fort Stevens State Park ends at Crissey Field. Another trail will eventually connect to an existing trail leading from a bridge on U.S. 101 to the Winchuck River estuary and the beach. This trail offers views of unique native plants and wildlife.

  • Water Sports

    Crissey Field provides the first available beach access north of the California-Oregon border.

Seasonality/Weather

Welcome Center hours are 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. from April to October, and 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday from November to March. Solar panels on the Welcome Center roof generate power that feeds the building and is also fed into the Brookings area electrical grid. OPRD receives an annual credit from Coos-Curry Electric Cooperative, Inc. for any excess energy produced. The parking area and restrooms will be open year-round from 8 a.m. to a half hour after sunset. For more information, call (800) 551-6949. There is no fee to use this park.

Directions

Driving

Hwy 101 five miles south of Brookings.

Phone Numbers

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(800) 551-6949

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