Recreation options abound on the Peninsula

Various commercial enterprises offer horseback riding adventures on the beach - or bring your own.<BR><I>KEVIN HEIMBIGNER photo</i>

TENNIS

Tennis courts of various descriptions can be found all along the Peninsula. None of the courts are lighted, but there are no fees for use.

Both the Ilwaco town park and Long Beach's Culbertson Park have courts (and outdoor basketball courts). A tennis court along U.S. 101 in Seaview is operated by the Seaview Community Club. See signs on the courts for rules.

SWIMMING

Peninsula beaches are considered unsafe for swimming. No matter how calm or inviting the water looks, or how strong a swimmer one may be, no one should venture above knee deep into the water. Severe undercurrents and rip tides can pull - and have pulled - even the most experienced swimmers out past their limits.

Swimming opportunities on the Peninsula are limited to private or public pools. The Dunes, a professional indoor pool, is located just south of Ocean Park on the west side of Highway 103 at the Dunes Bible Camp. For more information and hours, call the camp at 665-5542. Eagle's Nest in Ilwaco, 642-8351, is another option.

RUNNING

The hard-packed sand of its beach and its bountiful back roads make the Peninsula a great place for the jogger and runner. Ilwaco High School also has an eight-lane, all-weather track which is usually available for use during daylight hours. The trail from Long Beach to Ilwaco offers incredible views to go with your cardio-workout.

BOWLING

There is only one location on the Peninsula for the avid bowler: Hilltop Bowl, off U.S. 101 across from Black Lake in Ilwaco. Call 642-4440 for price schedule and availability of lanes.

SOFTBALL

Softball fields are at Ilwaco City Park, Culbertson Park in Long Beach, Long Beach School, Chinook School and across the street from the Ocean Park school. The area's Little League baseball field is adjacent to the Long Beach Fire Hall at North Seventh in Long Beach.

CANOEING and KAYAKING

The lakes of the Peninsula and inland waters of Willapa Bay offer many brilliant opportunities for canoeing and kayaking, with access available from a number of state and local parks, including at Loomis and Black lakes. Caution is required since weather can change with little warning and strong tides have been known to pull boats out to sea.

BICYCLING

The Peninsula has many trails for bicycling enthusiasts, including Long Beach's great paved trail through the ocean dunes, stretching north and south of the boardwalk. Some other options include Cape Disappointment and North Head roads, Sandridge Road to Ocean Park, the quiet back streets of Oysterville and Nahcotta, and Parpala Road in the Naselle area.

GOLF

Peninsula Golf Course is located one mile north of the stoplight in Long Beach. A putting green and clubhouse provide added amenities for golfers.

Peninsula Golf Course is a nine-hole par-33 course that is 2,057 yards in length with three par-3 holes and six par-4 holes. The cozy course can be played in less than two hours and provides excellent conditions year around. The course is rated 60 for men and 64 for women and the slope rating is 90 for men and 100 for women.

Peninsula Golf Course is located at 9604 Pacific Highway in Long Beach. Call 642-2828.

Surfside Golf Course winds through coastal pines north of Ocean Park.

Surfside Golf Course is located at 31508 J Place, Ocean Park. They have a nine-hole course. Tee times can be scheduled by calling 665-4148.

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