Spring Lake, Oregon, USA

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Hidden away behind Oregon’s famous Rockaway Beach, Spring Lake shares its serenity with only a chosen few. Oregon’s North Coast Region is well-known as a vacation destination, but few have visited Spring Lake. Hiding in plain sight beside Highway 101, this 13-acre spring-fed lake offers access only to its inhabitants and the lucky campers that attend Twin Rocks Camp, a church-sponsored campground. A few brave anglers try their luck casting from the side of the road, but there is no space for boat launching or swimming. Most visitors miss the lake entirely, their eyes drawn to the magnificent ocean vistas on the opposite side of the road. Travelers can see the picturesque Twin Rocks towering 100 feet above the coastal waters from here. The landmark rocks are often featured in the visitor’s vacation photos – and Spring Lake is nowhere to be found.

A natural water body, Spring Lake occupies a wide spot on Heitmiller Creek. The creek then meanders under the highway and joins the Pacific Ocean only a half-mile away. Located just south of unincorporated Twin Rocks, Spring Lake has been populated by a few private homes. That is about to change: a new development is being completed that will provide lakefront residential and vacation townhouses to several new owners. Although too small for active water sports, the little lake holds a variety of wildlife. As much of the shoreline is naturally wooded and marshy, Oregon’s bountiful wildlife feels free to come to the water to drink. The marsh area is home to several species of water birds. The serenity of the pond is broken only by the laughter of children attending the Twin Rocks Friends Camp on the southern shore. Rainbow trout and largemouth bass are known to inhabit the pond; trout are planted yearly under an agreement between Oregon Fish and Game and the camp. Water access is by towboat, paddle boat, canoe or kayak. Water sports and beach activities are available across the main road on the Pacific coast.

Across the highway from Spring Lake, Twin Rocks State Park provides access to miles of sandy beach on the Pacific. Immediately north of the state park, Rockaway Beach beckons with seven miles of sand and sun. A full-service dock and marina at the Port of Garibaldi offers every necessity for the sailor. Charter deep-sea fishing, whale-watching cruises and special-purpose charters can all be arranged on short notice. Visitors staying near Spring Lake can access nearly any desired amenity within ten miles of home-base, including golf, shopping, wind surfing, and cycling. Rockaway Beach schedules annual festivals that draw many visitors from Portland, 90 miles away. Some of these include the Kite Festival, Arts and Crafts Show and the Pirate Festival. Specialty shops offer locally-made artisan goods and art pieces.

A popular destination is the Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad. Located between Rockaway and Garibaldi, the non-profit railway offers train rides along Tillamook Bay on summer weekends. Dinner trains are scheduled several times throughout the season. The Tillamook County Pioneer Museum makes for a great rainy afternoon outing. Visitors can learn the early history of the Northern Coast from before the time of early human habitation through the lumbering era and into modern times. And the flight buff in the family will demand to visit the Tillamook Air Museum, located south of Tillamook. Housed in a WWII blimp hanger, the museum features over 30 war planes. The former Naval Air Station was a blimp base during WWII.

Between Spring Lake and Portland lies the vast expanse of the Tillamook State Forest. The Tillamook Forest Center is located about 20 minutes east of Tillamook. The center can be reached via Tillamook’s public transportation system. Thousands of acres of State Forest lands cover a large portion of Oregon’s Coast Range mountains. Facilities and trails are provided for picnicking, camping, horseback riding, fishing, mountain biking, swimming and off-road vehicles. The Forest Center offers guided nature tours and learning experiences for all ages.

Vacation rentals are numerous around Spring Lake. Occasionally private cottages are available right on the lake. Other types of lodgings are found along Highway 101 and include beach houses and cabins, hotels, motels and bed-and-breakfasts. Real estate is sometimes available near Spring Lake and can usually be found in the small towns along the coast. Although most popular in warm weather, the coastal area maintains a special beauty even during winter and is always worth a visit. Come and discover Spring Lake. Make it your special, secret destination.

Things to do at Spring Lake OR

  • Vacation Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Boating
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Beach
  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking
  • Wind Surfing
  • Golf
  • Camping
  • Campground
  • Picnicking
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Birding
  • State Park
  • State Forest
  • Museum
  • Shopping

Fish species found at Spring Lake OR

  • Bass
  • Black Bass
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Rainbow Trout
  • Trout

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    Lake Type: Natural Freshwater Lake, Not Dammed

    Surface Area: 13 acres

    Shoreline Length: 1 miles

    Normal Elevation (Full Pond): 13 feet

    Maximum Depth: 15 feet

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    Trophic State | LakeLubbers

    Trophic State measures the level of algae and nutrients in a lake.

    An oligotrophic lake is very clear (blue in color) and does not support much plant or fish life. A hyper-oligotrophic lake is the clearest of all lakes, and is nearly devoid of plants and fish.

    A mesotrophic lake is slightly green and supports a moderate degree of plant and fish life. A lake's most desired trophic state is generally this mid-point - the mesotrophic state.

    A eutrophic lake is somewhat murky and supports a large amount of plant and fish life. A hypereutrophic lake is clouded with algae, plant life, and fish life. A eutrophic or hyper-eutrophic lake can be difficult to navigate by boat - and is often an unpleasant place to swim.

    The use of phosphorus-rich and nitrogen-rich fertilizer on lawns and golf courses surrounding a lake can cause it to become eutrophic or hypereutrophic.


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    Catchment or Drainage Area | LakeLubbers

    This is the surrounding area that drains into a lake, including land, rivers and their tributaries. This is also known as the lake's "catchment basin".

    Small lakes at the highest peaks of mountains have small drainage areas. The world's oceans have the largest drainage areas.


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    Lake-Area Population | LakeLubbers

    This is the estimated number of people who live in a house with a view of a lake, plus those who self-describe the lake as their home, for example: "I live at Smith Mountain Lake."


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    Water Residence Time | LakeLubbers

    This is the estimated time that it takes for an amount of water equal to the entire volume of a lake to flow out of - or evaporate from - the lake.

    Residence Time can be as short as a few days for fast-flowing small lakes, and can exceed 100 years for slow-flowing large lakes.


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    Completion Year | LakeLubbers

    This is the year that a reservoir was first filled to the reservoir's normal elevation - or the year that a natural lake was first dammed. A large reservoir can take more than a year to fill after its dam is first closed.

    The Grand Anicut in southern India is generally considered the world's oldest dam that still operates. Grand Anicut was constructed in the second century BC. It now impounds an irrigation network that includes roughly one million acres.

    You can find many of the the world's newest reservoirs on LakeLubbers. Many of the world's oldest reservoirs appear on the last page of that list.


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    Water Volume | LakeLubbers

    This is the estimated volume of water that a lake contains -- measured at the lake's normal elevation. By this measure, the world's largest freshwater lake is Siberia's Lake Baikal.

    You can find many of the the world's largest lakes (by water volume) on LakeLubbers.

    Water Volume can be measured in acre-feet, in cubic miles, or in cubic kilometers. One acre-foot is the amount of water needed to cover one acre (43,560 square feet) to a depth of one foot. One cubic mile equals 3,379,200 acre-feet. One cubic kilometer equals 810,713 acre-feet.

    1 acre-foot is equal to 325,851 US gallons. Siberia's Lake Baikal contains about 6,276,367,740,000,000 gallons of freshwater - nearly 1 million gallons for every living person on earth.

    The other - and more widely used - measure of a lake's size is the lake's surface acreage. By that measure, the world's largest freshwater lake is North America's Lake Superior.


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    Maximum Depth | LakeLubbers

    This is the estimated greatest depth of the water in a lake -- measured at the lake's normal elevation. The world's deepest lake is Siberia's Lake Baikal; that lake's maximum depth is estimated at 5,314 feet.

    You can find many of the the world's deepest lakes on LakeLubbers. If you select the last page of that list, you will find the (maximum depth of) the shallowest lakes in our database.


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    Average Depth | LakeLubbers

    This is the estimated average depth of the water in a lake -- measured at the lake's normal elevation. If the water volume and surface area of a lake are known, an estimate of the lake's average depth can be calculated:

    Water volume ÷ Surface Area = Average Depth

    Example: 1,000,000 acre-feet ÷ 20,000 acres = 50 feet average depth


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    Maximum Elevation | LakeLubbers

    This is a lake's highest water level, measured by the lake's surface distance above sea level, that can occur during flooding. A lake's highest possible maximum elevation is usually the top of the lake's dam or spillway.

    At lakes that include residential development, government regulations usually forbid the construction of homes below a lake's maximum elevation.


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    Minimum Elevation | LakeLubbers

    This is a lake's lowest water level, measured by the lake's surface distance above sea level, that can be reasonably expected to occur. Low lake levels can occur due to deliberate seasonal draw downs for irrigation or impending snow melt, reduced water inflows, drought and evaporation, residential or commercial water demands, and hydropower generation.

    Some lakes' minimum and maximum elevations are virtually the same. Lakes that generate hydropower may vary by several feet - according to power demand. Lakes whose primary purpose is to prevent flooding can seasonally vary by 100 feet or more.

    When some lakes reach their minimum elevation, their boat ramps may not be long enough to permit boat access - and boats docked on shallow parts of the lake may end up on dry ground. In those cases, kayakers and shore-based anglers may be among the few happy recreational users of the lake.


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    Normal Elevation | LakeLubbers

    This is a lake's normal water level, measured by the lake's surface distance above sea level. For a reservoir, this water level is also known as "full pond" or "full pool".

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    Shoreline Length | LakeLubbers

    This is the length of the exterior shoreline around a lake - measured at the lake's normal elevation. The shoreline length can be considerably shorter or longer when lake water levels are lower or higher than normal.

    A lake with many coves has a much longer shoreline than a lake of similar surface area that is nearly circular in shape.

    When known, the shoreline miles that we report in our statistics include only the lake's exterior shoreline, and exclude the shorelines of islands located within a lake's boundaries. In lakes with many islands, those islands' combined shorelines may exceed a lake's exterior shoreline.

    You can find many of the world's longest-shoreline lakes on Lakelubbers.


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    Surface Area | LakeLubbers

    This is the area (acreage, square kilometers, etc.) of the top surface area of a lake - measured at a lake's normal elevation. The surface area can be considerably smaller or larger when lake levels are lower or higher than normal. North America's Lake Superior is the world's largest freshwater lake by this measure.

    The other measure of a lake's size is the lake's water volume. By that measure, the world's largest freshwater lake is Lake Baikal in Siberia.

    You can find many of the world's largest lakes (acres) on Lakelubbers. There is no widely-accepted minimum surface area that defines a lake. What Lakelubbers describes as a lake, you might call a pond. The smallest lake that Lakelubbers currently includes is Hawaii's 2-acre Lake Waiau.


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    Water Level Control | LakeLubbers

    This is the organization that controls water releases or outflows from the lake or reservoir. In the USA, this is often the US Army Corps of Engineers, a power company, a municipal water system, an irrigation district, or a paper manufacturing company. In the case of private or gated lakes, a homeowners' association may be the lake's controlling authority.

    Many lakes cross borders, including North America's Great Lakes. The control of such lakes and their coveted freshwater may be amicably shared - or hotly disputed.

    "Water wars" continue at many lakes as growing populations and crop irrigation needs compete for the freshwater that lakes contain.


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    Lake Type | LakeLubbers

    There are 3 basic types of lakes that are currently included on LakeLubbers. 2 types may be dammed or not dammed, producing 5 classifications.

    - A Reservoir is a man-made freshwater lake that is usually created by damming rivers.

    - A Natural Freshwater Lake occurs naturally - often by glacial activity - and has a salinity of less than 30 parts per thousand. It may be dammed to produce electricity or for other reasons.

    - A Natural Saltwater Lake occurs naturally and has a salinity of more than 30 parts per thousand (ppt). It may be dammed.

    "Brackish" water may be categorized as freshwater or saltwater, depending on its salt content (salinity). Oligohaline water has less than 15 ppt of salt. Mesohaline water has 15-29 ppt. Polyhaline has 30-335 ppt.


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