Getting There: From Hwy 101 north of Seaside, follow signs to Fort Stevens State Park. Turn onto Ridge Road, entering the park at the southernmost gate, which is signed for Coffenbury Lake and the campground.
|Fishing at Coffenbury Lake
-Oregon Fish and Wildlife-
Fisheries: This dune lake in Oregon’s most popular state park is well-stocked with legal-sized rainbow trout from mid-March through mid-June. In summer, most fishing is for resident yellow perch, bluegills and brown bullhead. Trout 14 to 16 inches long are stocked in September. Excess hatchery steelhead released in late fall and winter are often available through May.
Useful Information: Trout are easily caught from platforms and banks soon after they’re stocked. Later, there’s more action in less heavily-fished areas, such as the shore opposite the access road.
Tackle & Techniques: All lake-fishing techniques can be effective. Use larger spoons and spinners and heavier (10 lb.) line when targeting steelhead, though they may grab even tiny offerings.
Facilities: Boat ramp, lakeside trail, wheelchair-accessible fishing platforms (no rails or edges), campground with RV hook-ups, tent sites, yurts, drinking water, wheelchair-accessible restrooms, showers, picnic tables, BBQ grills.
Campsite reservations recommended.
Fees: Yes, for overnight and day use.
Additional Activities: Other fishable ponds nearby; jetty access for rockfish and salmon; deep hole off jetty parking lot for sturgeon; beach access; Oregon’s finest razor clamming (best at low and minus tides); biking and hiking trails; historic sites (shipwreck, Ft. Stevens). Other nearby state park: Sunset Beach State Recreation Area.
For More Information:
ODFW North Coast Watershed District Office (503) 842-2741
Oregon State Parks — (800) 551-6949