Gleneden Beach is a small coastal community sandwiched between Lincoln City and Depoe Bay. Destination attractions include the Salishan Golf and Spa, a popular golf resort that has an 18-hole course with stunning views of the Pacific Ocean. Most of Gleneden Beach’s commercial property is located at the resort, and includes a mall of tastefully selected stores. A gallery, a wine shop, a deli and several gift stores are on site, along with a full-service spa and restaurants.
Gleneden Beach is nestled amongst a string of Pacific Coast state parks, each with its own unique coastal attractions and view of the ocean. Gleneden Beach State Recreation Site offers beach access with occasional up-close views of seals and other wildlife, and a picnic area. D River Recreation Site, just north of Gleneden, is named after one of the shortest rivers in the world. Its reputation is well known, though, as it is also the home of two annual kite festivals. The Central Coast’s windy nature lends perfectly to kiting as well as comfortable summer strolls.
Camping and full-service RV sites are available at both Beverly Beach State Park and South Beach State Park, south of Gleneden. South Beach features kayaking and both state parks are popular summer locations.
Several vacation rentals and a bed and breakfast inn are located in Gleneden Beach. Gleneden Beach is seven miles south of Lincoln City, which features live theater, a cinema and a casino.
To our south is Depoe Bay, nestled among towering cliffs and expansive state parks, is the whale-watching capital of Oregon. Grey whales make their home near this rocky refuge providing up-close wildlife viewing, sometimes on a daily basis. Tour vessels operate out of Depoe Bay and nearby towns, offering ideal opportunities for observing the giant mammals in their own habitat.
Depoe Bay is the world’s smallest fishing harbor. In 2020 they were named the Best Harbor in the Country by US Harbors, a harbor information source.
For years Depoe Bay served as a safe harbor for commercial fishing taking refuge from coastal storms. Today it acts as a home port and stopping point for charter vessels and private launches as well as a point of fascination for thousands of visitors who stand on the bridge and walkways to observe incoming vessels.
The Kernville-Gleneden Beach-Lincoln Beach Water District was established in 1952. The areas served by the District include Kernville, Siletz Keys, Salishan, Gleneden Beach, Coronado Shores, Bella Beach, Lincoln Beach, Seagrove, Fogarty Creek State Park, and the Siletz Bay Airport.
The District’s water comes from two sources; Drift Creek and an unnamed tributary we call “Side Creek”. The water intake galleries draw from Drift Creek near the point that the creek leaves an area known locally as the “Gorge”. That area of the gorge is protected owl habitat, so development is not allowed.
The treatment process is simply to allow the pumped water to pass through large, slow-sand filters. In that sand, naturally occurring organisms remove the bacteria and contaminants from the water before it is chlorinated. The treated water is then pumped into the District’s distribution system and then gravity fed to our customers. Our water is consistently clean and pure and requires a minimum of disinfection to maintain its excellent quality. The District received an award for Best Tasting Surface Water in Oregon in 2001.
The District contracted with the Gleneden Sanitary District on June 10, 1976 to maintain and operate the sewer collection system including administration. They still have an agreement to this day. This agreement has worked very well over the years for the operation of the water and sewer districts as well as keeping rates at a minimum.