Popular with off-road vehicle and ATV-enthusiasts, Sand Lake is situated north of Pacific City. It is the home of Sand Lake Recreation Area,which includes 1,100 acres of the Siuslaw National Forest. Sand camping is available at there.
Adjacent to the ocean beaches between Cape Lookout and the mouth of the Sand Lake estuary, Sand Lake is heavily influenced by the ocean with cool summers and moderate winters. The winter brings heavy rainfall and the summers have westerly winds and fog.
Permits for off-highway riding can be purchased from the Hebo Ranger Station nearby.