Friday, February 15, 2008


Truck tours to shipwreck site take off

By Britt Carlson
February 15, 2008

NORTH BEND - If you've tried to access the shipwreck site on the north spit it's further than you think.

Fortunately, Spinreel Dunebuggy Rentals is using their resources to take people to the south coast's latest attraction.

Spinreel Dunebuggy Rentals started running these sand trucks from the parking lot across from the BLM boat ramp to the shipwreck site Friday.

Owner Richard Burkholder says it opens up the experience for everyone, not just ATV riders and four-wheel truck drivers.

"We started hearing how people wanted to get out there and they couldn't and were complaining about the walk and we thought well here's an opportunity. It's the slow season, we run the trucks for the dune tours up near Lakeside, thought we'd get a hold of BLM, give them an offer to take people out to take a look."

The tour will last about an hour, driving the beach route at low tide and the BLM sand road at high tide.

Burkholder says the truck seats ten and they're expecting to fill up as more people venture out to the north spit.

"This actually has rejuvenated a lot of the area, it's brought back a lot of interest, we're getting a lot of people in here earlier in the year and we're starting to see business up and down the coast because of it. It's not just here, it's in town and to the north."

Tours cost $25 for adults, $10 for kids ages 4 to 10, and they'll be running weekdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and weekends from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Call 759-3313 for more information.


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