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Florence is located 60 miles west of Eugene on the Central Oregon Coast. Mercer Lake Resort is an easy 5 mile drive north of Florence on Highway 101, then just 3/4 mile east on Mercer Lake Road.

The Pacific Ocean is just 4 miles away (as the seagull flies) so you can easily access one of the many lovely beaches within 15 minutes. There are miles of sandy beaches, so you can walk to your heart's content, and your feet's dismay!

Florence offers many excellent dining and shopping opportunities. Visit Old Town... stroll the boardwalk to view the fishing boats... watch in awe as the river reveals what goes on around, and within, it's banks...

Cross the bridge over the Siuslaw River, and you'll find a new spectrum of activities, including bumper boats, go-karts, and miniature golf. The ever-changing sand dunes have an appeal all their own. Take a ride out onto the dunes to really appreciate their expanse. Or better yet, try to climb one.

Drive north from the resort, and you can... ride a horse on the beach or take a trail ride... visit Sea Lion Caves for an up-close and personal look at one of the natural caves that these creatures call home... tour the lighthouse at Heceta Head... enjoy the scenery on the drive to Yachats and back. This is one of my favorite drives... it's only 25 miles each way, and the view is unbelievable in both directions!

Some of the many attractions in the area are listed below, with links to their web sites.

  • C&M Stables
    • Horseback riding.
    • 90241 Highway 101N... 8 miles north of Florence (541) 997-7540
  • Florence Chamber of Commerce Calendar of Events
  • Sea Lion Caves
    • The world's largest sea cave.
    • 91560 Highway 101N... 11 miles north of Florence (541) 547-3111
  • Sandpines
    • "Golf on the Oregon Dunes" 18-Hole, Par 72, 7,252 yards
    • 1201 35th Street, Florence (541) 997-1940
  • Ocean Dunes Golf Links
    • "A Wee Bit O' Scotland on the Oregon Coast" 18-Hole, Par 71
    • 3345 Munsel Lake Road, Florence (541) 997-3232
  • Old Town Florence
    • Shopping, dining and sightseeing
    • On the riverfront
  • Sandland Adventures
    • Family Fun Center
    • Less than a mile south of Florence (541) 997-8087
  • Sand Dunes Frontier
    • Experience the world of the beautiful scenic dunes
    • 4 miles south of Florence (541) 997-3544
  • Oregon Coast Aquarium
    • Named one of the top 10 aquariums in the nation
    • In Newport... 50 miles north of Florence (541) 867-3474
  • Three Rivers Casino
    • "Things are luckier here!".
    • 5647 Highway 126... 1/2 mile east of Florence (541) 997-7529
  • George M. Sutton RV
    • "You're Gonna Like It Here!" North America's FAVORITE RV place!
    • 2400 W. 7th, Eugene, Oregon (541) 686-5296 or 1-800-256-9832




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