Eckman Lake 360-Degree Panorama June 21, 2017

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Photo of the W.B. Nelson State Recreation Site Sign

W. B. Nelson donated two-acres of land to the State of Oregon in 1959 for construction of an Oregon State Recreation Site at the northeast corner of Eckman Lake. That site is now known as the W. B. Nelson State Recreation Site. It is located 2.6 miles east of Waldport on the south side of Oregon State Route 34.

As you can see in the photo below, there is a parking area, picnic tables, a restroom, and a wheelchair-accessible fishing dock; all of which are currently in excellent condition. See the Oregon Angler with Disabilities page for other wheelchair-accessible fishing locations.

Aerial photo of the W.B. Nelson State Recreation Site
W.B. Nelson State Recreation Site on Eckman Lake

Eckman Lake is a shallow freshwater lake that drains into the upper Alsea Bay. There are some largemouth bass and native cutthroat trout, but the most commonly-caught fish are pan-size rainbow trout planted by ODFW (the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife).  Of course, a few of those small rainbow trout grow much larger before being caught.

Most of the shoreline is privately-owned or otherwise inaccessible, but the W. B. Nelson State Recreation Site provides easy public access, easy fishing, and a good chance to catch fish (especially soon after ODFW plantings), which makes it a good place for beginners of any age; and also for others who aren’t able to deal with the physically-challenging steep-banks, thorny blackberry bushes, and other obstacles that line many of the great fishing lakes, rivers and streams in the Pacific Northwest.

Eckman Lake

More popular alternative rainbow trout fishing locations in the area are Big Creek Reservoirs Number 1 & 2 in Newport and Olalla Reservoir 5.5-miles north of Toledo.

360-Degree Panoramic View of Big Creek Reservoir Number 2
(30-Minutes Away)

360-Degree Panoramic View of Olalla Reservoir
(41-Minutes Away)

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