Learn to kitesurf and windsurf on this beautiful lake on the Oregon coast
Southern Oregon hides a gem you might not have heard of: Floras Lake and Floras Lake State Park. Just 17 miles south of Bandon Oregon, this sandy-bottomed freshwater lake is the perfect location for novice and intermediate kitesurfers and windsurfers. With beautiful nearby campgrounds, fishing, and great hikes, Lake Floras is a must visit in southern Oregon.
If you’ve always wanted to learn windsurfing or kitesurfing, Kite from Lake Floras offers classes from April to September. Those who want to learn kitesurfing begin to fly a practice kite on dry land, then learn to fly in the water without a board. The last step is to get on a kitesurf board. Kitesurfing lessons at Floras Lake include wetsuit, harness, kite, bluetooth radio headset, kitesurf board and jet ski rack.
Children aged 12 and over who weigh 100 pounds or more can take classes.
Windsurfing lessons at Floras Lake include rental of equipment, wetsuit, slippers and instructions. Windsurfing lessons are weather dependent and only take place on light windy days.
Currently, all lessons and rentals must be planned in advance due to Covid-19. It is recommended to book your course 3 to 4 weeks in advance. Book your lessons here.
Where to stay at Floras Lake
One of the best places to stay in Floras Lake is Boice Cope Park, which is a county campground with 18 RV spaces and 13 tent sites. Be sure to book your stay in advance. The spots fill up quickly with adventurers on windy weekends.
Another option is the KOA Campground located a mile and a half south on Highway 101. The KOA Campground has 72 sites available, and you can book your stay here.
If all the campgrounds near Floras Lake are full, you can camp at Cape Blanco State Park which is 20 minutes southwest of Langlois off Highway 101. This campsite is on a first come, first served basis.
Fishing, hiking and kayaking at Floras Lake
Hikers will want to take the hike from Floras Lake to Blacklock Point at Floras Lake State Park. The views are magnificent and there are good places to swim in the forest. Floras Lake State Park is worth exploring, but it’s so underrated that it doesn’t even have its own website.
Floras Lake has cutthroat, rainbow, and rainbow trout, as well as chinook and coho salmon, bass, and crappie. Anglers may also want to take a short walk from the lake to the ocean to fish for surf perch, rockfish, and lingcod.
If you want to explore Lake Floras at a slower pace than kitesurfing, you can rent kayaks and stand up paddle boards here.
Have you ever been to Floras Lake? What’s your favorite activity on the South Oregon Coast? Let us know in a comment and tag the friends and family you want to go with!