GPS Coordinates: 44.9459039, -124.0138359
REGIONS > CENTRAL OREGON COAST > LINCOLN CITY AND VICINITY
This small lake is located on the outskirts of Lincoln City. Only three miles (4.8 km) in length, the lake also has the distinction of being connected to the Pacific Ocean by one of the shortest rivers in the world. In fact, the river that drains the lake is so short — 440 feet (130 m) — it apparently doesn’t even merit a proper name and is referred to only as D River (see additional information below).
Regardless of size, a body of fresh water so close to the coast is automatically an important habitat for animals and recreation spot for people. Birds and boaters share the tranquil waters. Coots, loons, ducks and bald eagles are all common visitors to the lake. Occasionally, larger mammals like black bears and cougars are also spotted in the area. Both the wildlife and the rich vegetation offer some outstanding photo opportunities.
Oregon's Shortest River?
D River was listed by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s shortest river until 1989 when it lost its title to the 201 feet (61 m) long Roe River in Montana. The two states argued for a while over which river was actually smaller as the D River shrinks down to 120 feet at extreme high tide. In the end, it didn’t matter much because Guinness stopped listing a category for shortest river in 2006.