Lincoln City is a small, hilly town on the beautiful Oregon Coast, occupying 5 and a half square miles along Highway 101, with a verdant tree canopy along Devil’s Lake. Our economy relies upon tourism, healthcare, and retirement. Our population is generally less than 9000, but it swells to 30,000 during tourist season. Major employers are Chinook Winds Casino, our city government, the Lincoln County School District, and Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital. North Lincoln Hospital (SamHealth) is a 25-bed critical-access hospital with a level IV trauma designation and has associated outpatient medical and specialty clinics. Residents and tourists alike benefit from the great deals at the Lincoln City Outlets mall.
We incorporated on March 3, 1965, uniting the villages of Delake, Oceanlake, Taft, Cutler City, and Nelscott. These were adjacent communities along Highway 101, which serves as our main street. The new name, Lincoln City, was determined by a contest held in our school system.
The Cutler City neighborhood is located on the east shore of Siletz Bay. George Cutler claimed he received the property from Chief Charles “Charley” DePoe of the Siletz tribe.
The Delake neighborhood includes Devils Lake, and was named by Finnish immigrants who superstitiously avoided mention of The Devil.
The Nelscott neighborhood was named by combining the surnames of Charles P Nelson and WG Scott, who founded the community in 1926. Nelscott Reef was once named by Surfer Magazine as one of the Pacific best places to surf on the Pacific.
The Oceanlake neighborhood was named for its position between Devils Lake and the Pacific Ocean. This neighborhood is home to Lakeheart Guesthouse.
The Taft neighborhood was named for the President Taft, and conducts its own local business marketing activities.
The Wecoma Beach neighborhood took its name from a Chinook word meaning “sea.”
The Roads End neighborhood was annexed to Lincoln City in 2013.
The average low temperature in 36 °F (December), and the average high is 72 °F (August). On average, our driest month is July, with December the wettest. The average annual precipitation is 97.27 inches.
Two kite festivals are held annually in Lincoln City, the Summer Kite Festival in June and the Fall Kite Festival in October. The city is known by some as the “Kite Capital of the World.” Lincoln City also provides seasonal glass float drops through Finders Keepers from October to May.
The Siletz Bay Music Festival is held in Lincoln City, in late June and into July, at different locations throughout the city.
Lincoln City is served by the Lincoln City News Guard and the Lincoln City Homepage.
You can find out so much about us at Explore Lincoln City’s website. We look forward to hosting you!