ECOSYSTEMS > INLAND OREGON > LAKES AND PONDS
The shifting sands of Oregon's vast coastal dunes have created numerous lakes and ponds by blocking river mouths which would otherwise flow into the Pacific Ocean; or allowing water to collect between dunes. Combined, these bodies of water help form large wetlands scattered throughout the dunes 40 mile (64 km) length.
Although these wetlands create valuable habitat for many animals, especially birds, they tend to degrade natural ecosystems and allow native plant species to be pushed out by invasives.
Some of the better known dune lakes are noted below.
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Where Can I See Dune Lakes in Oregon?
GPS Coordinates: 43.5631537, -124.1860112
GPS Coordinates: 43.9157203, -124.1166483
GPS Coordinates: 43.7914445, -124.1357241
GPS Coordinates: 43.8532515, -124.1545427
GPS Coordinates: 44.0511928, -124.0817914