Sand Lake


Sand Lake is one of the smallest drainage basins in Oregon, covering 17 square miles and contains active and stable dunes and coastal mountains. Sand Lake consists of a major island, Whalen Island, which is a stabilized dune and tidal marsh.

In Oregon, 70% of estuarine wetlands have been lost to conversion - Sand Lake has only lost 2%, making it the most pristine, intact estuary in Oregon. Four small creeks feed the Sand Lake: Jewell Creek, Sand Creek (most of the freshwater input), Curtis Creek and Reneke Creek.

Shorebirds and water birds are drawn to the basins intertidal feeding areas, including marshes, seagrass and algal beds, flats and extensive shrimp beds, and a substantial fishery exists for starry flounder and dungeness crab.

Sand Lake Watershed