The Marina Grill at Lake of the Woods is open on weekends during winter.
Our Thanksgiving weekend was drawing to a close, but we had time for one more outing before my dad and brother made the long drive home to Southern California.
Because the predicted rain had not yet arrived, Reg and I suggested a drive into the mountains to grab a bite to eat at one of our favorite spots – Lake of the Woods.
Once refueled, we continued onward, choosing not to backtrack, but to continue forward, returning home along a different route.
Our summer memories faded quickly as we watched the storm clouds roll over the lake
It was a small sign along the highway that caught Reg's attention. “Historical Bridge next left” it said and before we knew it we were bouncing along a narrow country road in search of a piece of Oregon history.
The official construction date of the Lost Creek Bridge is listed as 1919, although many locals claim the bridge was built as early as 1879 – 1881, which would make it the oldest standing covered bridge in Oregon. It was added to the National Register of Historical Places in 1979.
If you want to document your visit, there is a registry to sign on the bridge…but be sure to bring along a pen. If one was ever provided, it is long gone. You will also find a picturesque little park adjacent to the bridge which is just perfect for a picnic lunch.
At just 39 feet long, Lost Creek Bridge has the distinction of being the shortest of all Oregon covered bridges.
Facts about the construction date of the bridge are a little fuzzy.
Lost Creek Bridge has been closed to traffic since 1979.
Just across the road a herd of curious cattle keep an eye on us.