The 357 acres of tidal marsh, mudflats, dunes, forested wetlands, and uplands at the south end of the Sand Lake estuary was being considered for a development that would have included a destination style golf course community with a hotel, timeshare condos and a restaurant. Fortunately the plan didn’t pass due to zoning restrictions and wetland protection laws.
In 2014 the property was bought by the Oregon Park Department. A portion of the land had been farmed for over 80 years and a dike holds back the tidal waters. Plans are in the works to allow water to flow back into the farmland.
The trail runs along the top of the dike before entering the forest, passing along the dunes with paths going to the beach and then looping back to the dike trail.